Today I am replaying a concept from previous Challenge years… I’m trying a bracelet design using only my most petite beads. It’s difficult to really get a sense of scale from the photos, as all the beads are around the same size, but all of today’s players are tiny. I included “Small & Beautiful” glass, my very smallest silvers and mini ambers.
Last year I tried this same approach, and the result was a bracelet that felt surprisingly different from my usual compositions. It was super light, and the itty bitty beads were tactile and wonderful. My difficulty in creating that design was that I simply didn’t own enough tiny beads to create a palette and pattern that was pleasing to my eye. My conclusion then was that I “*needed* more small & beautiful beads! Over the past year I have kept my eyes open, looking for great additions to this niche of my collection, and as a result this year’s bracelet looks very different.
This is an absolutely fantastic bracelet for me… I love the way it feels, love the featherweight size and the colour combination makes me so happy. There’s only one problem – I’m using lots of beads that I love to wear in other combinations… I can see that for the next little while my beads will be doing lots of chain hopping as I rearrange often!