I promised to post when I made something with them, and I'm embarrassed at how long it's taken, but the Bead Soup Blog Party (how apt that I won bead soup!) and other random things have made this a busy summer! But finally, I'm ready!
The first thing I did was mix the two soups together.
Isn't that awesome???? You can see there are some larger beads in there, and I held those out for another post at a later time. I honed in on making a jingly jangly charm bracelet, and I chose copper for the chain. An hour later, and I had this:
Using random mixes to make charm bracelets involves just a tiny bit of rocket science. The lushness of the bracelet depends on the size of the chain's links as well as the placement of your beads. I used a 10mm link chain, so I put the charms only on ONE side of the chain. If I'd used a smaller chain, I would have put charms on both sides.
Why does this make a difference? Well, think about the size of your beads. Most of the beads were around 8mm in size. With a chain of 10mm, you'd have to really fill up those rings on both sides to make it not look like there was a gap between the middle of the rings. If I put the charms on just one side, however, the drape would be graceful and not haphazard.
Putting charms on both sides of smaller link chain makes remarkable results, and I use that manner often. I tend to keep my bead size down to 6mm and smaller, though, so the bracelet is balanced.
This may not look different in the PHOTO, but on the wrist, there's a huge difference. The beads are larger than the links, so they fill in the space.
I hope that makes sense, and happy beading!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking here. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book Bead Soup.
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