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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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Zuhari Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woow looks GREAT!!!
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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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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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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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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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