Travel Craft: Making Beaded Bracelets – Part 2

Seed beads for beaded bracelets

Look what I found!

After my obsession with beading in Copacabana I was determined to buy some more beads in La Paz. I was in luck because the first day we went for a wander around our gorgeous little neighborhood and we found a little bead shop!

The next day I popped in and bought all those goodies you see there.

Although they mostly had nice big holes compared to the other ones I bought, there was still a huge variance in size for each colour.

Anyway I finished number 3 in Copacabana…

Making beaded bracelets

Which my sister promptly claimed when I got to NZ. I also finished number 4 which is a bright sparkly number:

Making beaded bracelets

Now that I have made four beaded bracelets without a loom I am seeing that the hardest bits are:

  • Getting the first row (or two) started
  • keeping the bracelet even from beginning to end
  • tying off the nylon without it being a big chunky hard knot.

I bought some fixings so that the bracelets can be easily removed and it makes them look a little more fancy. But mainly because a knotted end is pretty permanent.

Next step is to get a little more creative with the designs and to make some wider pieces.

I would love to know what travel crafts you take on the road – please share!

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