Create this On-Trend Metallic Wrap Bracelet from Beadwork Magazine
A simple, metallic wrap bracelet to make now.
The February/March issue of Beadwork magazine is hot off the presses and there are a lot of projects to get excited about. So many, in fact, that it’s been somewhat stressful trying to decide what to make. While working on the issue, I changed my mind several times only, of course, to return to my first selection. The That’s a Wrap! bracelet by Jann Christiansen has everything I love in a project: it’s simple, casual, and a little different. I love the metallics and the way it looks from afar as if it’s made with metal. For a limited time this design is also available as a kit which comes complete with all the supplies and a copy of the Beadwork Feb/Mar issue.
I love the crystal rondelles Jann chose. They are unique and add a bit of sparkle while the Japanese drops create a subtle version of a spiked texture. And wrap bracelets are always cool, particularly such an original interpretation. Conveniently for me, this bracelet was selected to be made into a kit, making my decision even easier. I hope you’ll love this project as much as I do and stitch it along with me!
The Latest from Beadwork
Like the That’s a Wrap ! bracelet, the February/March issue of has been a personal favorite. The projects are fresh, fun, and feature some of my favorite things, such as floral motifs and shades of blue. This issue welcomes the arrival of our 2017 Designers of the Year and the first of their six contributions to the magazine, none of which have disappointed. To the contrary, if I didn’t know what was coming up, I might worry that they’ve set the bar too high.
The Crystal Falls Earrings by Melissa Grakowsky Shippee would look at home in an upscale department store. They are sleek, unique, and have a lovely blue and pewter palette. The orientation of the pear-shaped fancy stones is a surprising and clever detail, and the way they’re bezeled well onto the top of the stone creates an interesting, organic effect. With a gorgeous shade of aqua, and the dangling chain, this design has a watery fluidity that more than delivers on the promise of its name.
The Beads in Bloom Bracelet by Shanna Steele is simply pretty. It’s light and delicate with a repeating floral pattern and lots of negative space. The use of only two types of beads and two colors make this design simple and wearable. But there’s a catch: it’s made with a two-needle right-angle-weave technique— without a needle. Needleless beading is new to me but presents an interesting, potentially rewarding challenge. So say no to the same old and try this unusual technique!
The Sweet Sangria Earrings by Christa O’Brien are in many ways the perfect earrings and a piece every woman needs in her jewelry box. There is something about wearing sparkly stud earrings that makes me feel instantly elegant. They have a classic femininity and frame your face with a graceful glow. I particularly like these in the blue colorway but they can be made in any palette or as drop earrings.
The Diamond Delight Necklace by Eve Leder has a dramatic, yet completely wearable quality. I can see it worn over a crisp white blouse to work or with a simple dress to dinner. I also love the purple and gold color combination which plays off of the regal qualities associated with a collar necklace. While this necklace may be fit for a queen, it has just the right amount of fun to be rocked by any old commoner.
The Trust in Your Path bracelet by Kristen Fagan is a great kumihimo project for beginners. It’s a unique design, as beaded kumihimo pieces are usually covered in beads and don’t expose the braided wire. That is what I like about this project: it uses beading wire as a design element in and of itself. And SuperDuos are a great way to finish it off, though they could be substituted by virtually any bead you have in your stash.
These are only six of eighteen amazing designs in the February/March issue of Beadwork. If you find yourself drawn, as I was, to the That’s a Wrap! bracelet, just let us know and you’ll find everything you need to make it at your front door before you know it!
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