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Slate Waves by Ellygator Slate Waves by Ellygator
(2006) 3.5"x2", champagne Swarovski pearls, red gold metallic iris size 15 seed beads, grey ochre-lined iris size 11 seed beads, slate and burgundy satin triangle beads, grey iris and rose iris delica beads, nylon thread

This cuff bracelet is done in brick stitch. I started with a fan around one side of the seed bead and finished the brick-stitch off with a picot edge on the outside. There is a similar piece in my gallery already, called "Serpentina" [link] which shows how the same technique can yield very different results depending on the color mix of the beads.

I have a piece in my scaps that explains the technique: [link]
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Lovespoon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Writer
You could make a cool bra using this picot edge.

Thanks for the explanation.

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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like! Thank you!
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tmtrcclby Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Gorgeous!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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emeemo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
That is just so damn fantastic!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Glad you like.
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous work... you make it seem so easy to do , but I know better! :D
I'm going to scoot over to your gallery! :D
Blessings,
Pegs
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Hope you find other things to like!
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xelf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
Queen of Beads! This one is loverly, the snaking shape is great and it really looks like a mosaic. It reminds me somewhat of Moorish tilework, but with different colors and favoring curves to linear geometry.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I love brickstitch and the ability to combine so many different size and shape beads. Definitely has something of a mosaic.
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soundinnovation Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006
You've got a good eye for color choice; this version, and the other one you link to, Serpentina, both look very elegant despite the vast difference in color vibrancy and contrast. Good job!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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esperali Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
thats really cool :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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anjicle Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
I really love how this cuff flows. :D

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Anj
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'd done single fans before and one day was playing with the components when I realized you could make them as S curve combinations. One of those Eureka! moments...
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anjicle Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Professional General Artist
I LOVE those moments. ^^; Where everything just seems to fall precisely into place. Woot!

How long did this one take you? They are sooooo detailed. :heart:

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Anj
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably around 40 hours. The worst is the picot edge... Your thread will snarl in the little triangles Every. Single. Time!
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anjicle Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
Eeegads! :faint:

Well, all that work certainly shows- your bracelets & weaving are incredible. ^^;

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Anj
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lealea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
Beautiful work. I love your attention to detail...for example the pearlish looking beads, the piece would still look lovely without them but it really makes the piece look that much more interesting having them there. The different shaped beads really create a sense of texture which I also like.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! That's the really cool thing about brick stitch: you can just go crazy with as many different bead sizes and shapes as you like...
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talyra Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
In those colours, it looks like it should be one of a pair, attatched to the cuffs of a big Elizabethan dress. * has been watching too much Sunday-night costume drama* I can see puffy sleeves and a great big full skirt...
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that would be gorgeous: beaded long cuffs. Then they should be going from the wrist all the way to the elbow, and then lovely puffy silk above...
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talyra Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
WOW that would take some work :-o I was seeing sleeves puffing out of the end of the cuffs, but that would be kinda cool too... if incredibly heavy :-o
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not too bad, a piece of heavy brocade or velvet would weigh about the same...
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talyra Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
The whole sleeve, up to the elbow, beaded like that?
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, not saying that I'd do it any time, soon, but wouldn't that be stunning?!
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talyra Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2006
It would... but it would only weigh the same as a bit of fabric, you think? Really?
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, probably not muslin... LOL! But a thick velvet or brocade, I think so.
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lyanyne Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
:jawdrop: Good goddess, that is one hell of a fabulous color scheme.... Very antiqued, but also very elegant! Grey and burgundy is fantastic!!!! I love the design, it has a real 3D appeal, it just begs to be worn and fidgeted with... :drool: :love: It's a really great idea to disply it in all the different views, one can get a much better idea of the piece that way!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like the colors. And for this just a squished flat photograph wasn't so good...
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lyanyne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
:D
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Sekino Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
i remember that you are quite a prolific artist and it will probably take a fair while to catch up on the past 6 months of your work i've missed, so i'll make a start here. this is absolutely stunning elly! what more can i say... your work is consistently excellent!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Glad to see you back!!!
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
This one seems a lot more complicated than your previous ones. Great how it looks well both flat and when rounded out.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I guess it's the way this stitch allows you to combine so many disparate materials.
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Glacier-Grrl Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
well.... i'm gonna use my favorite word here.... with exasperation!

AWWWEEEESOOOMEEE!!!!

-N
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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PatGoltz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
That's a lovely piece! The colors in it are wonderful.

Speaking of pearls, years ago we went to some amusement place (don't remember where) and they had Ainu divers diving for oysters as an exhibit. I bought a pearl, and got a black one. It's really pretty!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! And what a wonderful experience! Pearls are such fascinating gems.
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PatGoltz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
It was neat. You're welcome
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starglo21 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
I love the muted color palette, it's deceptively complex despite seeming almost monochromatic at first glance. It strikes me as a piece fit for royal occasions!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Sometime I like subtle...
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Lady-Poltergeist Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Awesome!!!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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enricap Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's gorgeous!

And I think I just spotted you on etsy :giggle:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Yup, just opened a store today, looks like a very cool site. Do you have a store there?
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enricap Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
yes, [link]
I think it's an interesting place :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the link! I'll check it out for sure.
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ktshy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Wow! You made that! How beautiful! Cheers for multitalentedness!
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