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Beachcomber's Bracelet by Ellygator Beachcomber's Bracelet by Ellygator
(2006) 9"x 2 1/2", Size 15 seed beads (transparent honey iris) Delica beads (matte opaque taupe iris), Size 11 beads (transparent amber lined aqua), various drilled shell beads, bone bead for closure, nylon thread.

I made this for a summer bracelet last year, and it is quite possibly the most involved piece I've ever made. The basis of this bracelet is a simple Peyote band onto which I stitched a "fur" of size 15 bead bead-"hairs" each topped by a shell bead that's held in place by an aqua and an amber color bead adding some sparkle and interest.

There must be hundreds of "hairs" on this thing, each stitched individually and afterward hell-bent on snagging my stitching thread and getting all tangled up...

This one truly taught me patience and anger management techniques. But it has a lovely weight and soft shell-rattle to it when worn, really feels a little "furry" and is just a fun piece to have. But I'll be darned if I make another one in a hurry...

(Edit): You can now find instructions on how to make this bracelet here: [link]
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:iconzuhari:
Zuhari Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woow looks GREAT!!!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I like the little rattle all the shells make when you move...
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Darth-Hellgrrl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
15/0?? Holy cats! You either have much more patience/better equipment/better eyesight/etc. than I do...I'm envious. ;-)

Excellent work! Very cool. :-)

DH
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, though this got me to the brink I must say. Mostly it was the thread constantly snagging in the tendrils I had already beaded...
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mihoshigurl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
wow this looks so fun
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like, thanks!
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:iconmihoshigurl:
mihoshigurl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
you're welcome
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Xxl3lack4ngelxX Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Such a beautiful piece! I just got back into my jewelry making hobby and this is just breathless!

Oh and thanks for giving the instructions out. Going to download it now!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Hope you like this as a fun project.
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Alakatariel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great!! Thank's for inspiration, I took my time and made similar bracelet, but instead of shells, I used orange coloured glass chips :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that's fabulous, you should post it!
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
WOW... this is absolutely stunning. amazingly detailed, too. i just went kayaking today and got some shells with the intention to do something like this... but they're bigger and have holes(so i don't have to drill) so maybe i'll have to do something different. i'm now gonna check out the instructions. i'll be happy if mine turns out half as exquisite!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! The best of luck with your project!
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Beachinmama Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
I love it! I am an avid shell collector(obssessive hoarder is more like it) I have thousands which I've collected over 5yrs and I'd love to learn how to make jewelry with them. any suggestions?
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if you have a means to drill them yourself without breaking them, you could use them in stringing projects or for bracelets like this. I use a Dremel drill with the tiniest drill bit they offer to drill my shells. So far breakage has been virtually zero.
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Beachinmama Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
what do you use to sand the blemishes and seal them so that they shine?
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't actually polished any of my shells, but if you did use a Dremel, they also have sanding and buffing heads to work surfaces.
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dimitriskats Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
It is a real delight and an elevating experience to be a visitor here -- This object drew my attention and I found your comment about patience and anger management most appropriate and illuminating -- High quality work!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! When I do wear it it seems to have been worth the effort...
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:iconlyanyne:
lyanyne Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Wow, that is gorgeous!! :drool: A beautiful mix of traditional beadwork and unique shells, I really like the design. I am off to see the tutorial!! :sprint:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's a bit iffy to make, but the texture and effect really pay off!
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lyanyne Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Yes... :plotting: My brain hes been awash with ideas recently (I have several pieces in line to be photographed), and even though I wouldn't make something *exactly* like this-- I'd break the 'furs' immediately, knowing me-- it has given me some interesting texture ideas to work with! :hug:
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eerok1955 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is freakin' awesome!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I love the texture of it.
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ElizabethBathory Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Couldn't help myself, had to fav few of your works ^^; They're just amazing for me. I wish there were tutorials how to make such bracelets.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Actually if you check my scraps I have quite a few beading tutorials posted there, including that particular bracelet.
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ElizabethBathory Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Yea, I checked scraps right after =D Thank you for those tutorials.
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shimmering-blood-fae Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Did you do the purple under part and then add the gold and shells?
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, the peyote strip was done first. If you're really into the whole how-to, check out my scraps if you like. I've posted instructions on how to do a bracelet like that in there.
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min-miau Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
*speechless*
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Glad you like this one. It's fun to wear.
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:iconmin-miau:
min-miau Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
I love it =)
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GraceWillard Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
I think I just died and went to heaven!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! I can see that your love of and sensitivity about textures would have a field-day with this one... Thank you!
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PatGoltz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
What I really love about this bracelet is all the TINY patterns and details on the shells. I probably wouldn't WEAR it if I bought it. I'd probably STUDY it! :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! Thank you! I loved the little round shells. They have a wonderful color spectrum from bone-white to chocolate brown, olive and even coral pink... Every single one is a little bit different...
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:iconpatgoltz:
PatGoltz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
You're welcome! I think they are amazing, and I love looking at shells that way.
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Dianae Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Oh, woooow! it's very very beautiful, I love the way the small shells are mixed with pearls, it's very nice!
:+favlove:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I guess it would be a pretty trinket for one of your wonderful mermaids!
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Dianae Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
haha, that could be a mermaid's jewel indeed ^^
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
You're insane.

I mean that respectfully of course, this is totally worthy of a sea goddess, but also of padded walls...
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! Thank you! It definitely wasn't a one-sitting-piece...
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
I was hoping not. Though on the plus side I bet you could bead a beautiful straightjacket.
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eyeroll Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
I absolutely love this one, the colours, the details, the texture. It's fabulous. I admire you for your patience. I must say I'm pretty speechless.

:heart: Gorgeous work.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Glacier-Grrl Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
hey elly, i just thought i'd share this tidbit with you, about frustration...!!!!

i did this bracelet in the same fashion (except not nearly as many 'hairs';) and after i was done i learned a really sad thing

[link]

these beads, "glass cylindars" as the string goes up them and through the top bead and back through themselves, cut their own threads!!! the edges of the beads themselves because they're made of glass are SUPER SHARP (on the inside edge and the outside edge) so when i wore this bracelet the first time, it started falling apart, self destructing, commiting suicide!!!

how sad is that? i spent quite a long time on it and i can't even wear it. It's just a decoration hanging on the wall now. :(

So, be warned!!!! hehehehe
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
So sorry, but yeah, many bugle beads suck that way... Left you a little comment, though, it's pretty!
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Glacier-Grrl Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
hey elly, i just thought i'd share this tidbit with you, about frustration...!!!!

i did this bracelet in the same fashion (except not nearly as many 'hairs';) and after i was done i learned a really sad thing

[link]

these beads, "glass cylindars" as the string goes up them and through the top bead and back through themselves, cut their own threads!!! the edges of the beads themselves because they're made of glass are SUPER SHARP (on the inside edge and the outside edge) so when i wore this bracelet the first time, it started falling apart, self destructing, commiting suicide!!!

how sad is that? i spent quite a long time on it and i can't even wear it. It's just a decoration hanging on the wall now. :(

So, be warned!!!! hehehehe
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:iconmissrie:
Missrie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
This is wonderful! I can only imagine how long it took to complete this.. Beautiful!!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Definitely an exercise in patience...
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