A Colorful Assortment

A yarn and bead shop near me had a closeout on their entire bead inventory so I took the opportunity to stock up on some bead colors that I normally don’t gravitate towards – different shades of blues are always a sure bet with me. And while I did buy some blues, I was happy with the other colors I picked out as well.
 
Then it came time to put these new colors to good use.
 
The blue wave bracelet was made by starting with a five bead ladder stitch and then embellished with curves consisting of Swarovski Crystals and Size 8, 11, & 15 size seed beads. The double curve bracelet was made with Tila beads (flat square beads that have two holes) and size 11 and 15 seed beads. It was my first time working with Tila beads and while I was looking forward to using them I doubt they will become one of my favorites to work with. I didn’t care for how flat the bracelet was once it was finished. And finally, the earrings are made by starting with a ladder stitch of bugle beads and size 11 seed beads then embellishing it with size 8 and 11 seed beads. I like how these earrings look, but, I just find making them to be way too time consuming.

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