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    Hi Y'all, wasn't sure whether to post this in beads or jewellery but gotta start somewhere! Have butterflies on my mind at the mo and been designing my own brick stitch versions. Finished the first (which has turned out rather well, if I do say so myself!) and now thinking what to do with him.
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    Had idea of attached sts chain to tip of each upper wing to turn him into a pendant or mounting him on wide velvet band and making a choker but then had another idea:
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    Think he looks lovely looking like he's just fluttered down to rest on my wrist but how to turn him into a bracelet? The slight flexibility in the brick stitch curves nicely around but as he is slightly wider at the top than the bottom it's what to fix him to, how to fix it (tigertail & crimps?) and finding a wide enough clasp to hold him flexed, if you see what I mean (he's 3cm from top to bottom).

    Any ideas/suggestions gratefully received. I'm now working on no 2 and this one is much more brightly coloured:

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    May end up with a whole display of them for my next craft fair at this rate!
    Jane

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  • #2
    Oooo lovely, you could sell the tutorial on etsy or somewhere, ask Sue from Rosebudlia, she has a little section for selling tutorials etc.

    Wouldn't mind knowing how to make them myself. I would attach it to a wide lace cuff and add some flower beads etc and ribbon roses etc
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    • #3
      ooh I could see this on a velvet ribbon as a choker or bracelet!

      Beautiful
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      • #4
        Wow! I'd definitely read a 'how-to' on this - I'm butterfly mad at the moment! Have crate loads of butterfly beads, even made a butterfly bead dreamcatcher and an origami butterfly - sorry getting distracted by butterflies!

        i think he'd make a lovely broach but yeah I'd go with a thick, chunky bracelet style, have you seen those silver bracelt starters that just have two bands of silver that widen in the middle and have a plain silver disk for you to attach your own beads or design to? Can't remember where I saw them, probably dreaming them!
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        • #5
          Love your butterfly.

          How to make it into a bracelet? It depends on what sort of look you want to acheive, but for a delicate bracelet, you could to take a fine thread, or beading wire, through each of the wingtips, so you have two threads going round your wrist to keep the butterfly steady. You could cover them with seed beads, or small beads.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by smileykate
            These are beautiful! They really remind me of a designer that has a stall in Spitalfields market called Clara Francis http://www.clarafrancis.co.uk/clarafrancis/shop.html she has added her butterflies to hoop earrings and chains for necklaces. Also had a look at your website and love the yellow flowery necklace on your Home page. Did you create the design?
            x

            Yes, it was a piece I designed and had accepted for a Beadworkers Guild 10th Anniversary exhibition last year. Got very excited, never had a piece accepted for an exhibition before! Am playing around with simpler versions which I'll probably make up for selling.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by jencel View Post
              Love your butterfly.

              How to make it into a bracelet? It depends on what sort of look you want to acheive, but for a delicate bracelet, you could to take a fine thread, or beading wire, through each of the wingtips, so you have two threads going round your wrist to keep the butterfly steady. You could cover them with seed beads, or small beads.
              Hi Celia

              Did start thinking along those lines but would need suitably wide clasp to hold him taut. Too small and he might 'bunch' up a bit. I've been looking around and have now found some 2 hole, 1cm long clasps from Beads Direct so I've ordered them and will give them a try
              Jane

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              • #8
                Originally posted by elwoodprints View Post
                Wow! I'd definitely read a 'how-to' on this - I'm butterfly mad at the moment! Have crate loads of butterfly beads, even made a butterfly bead dreamcatcher and an origami butterfly - sorry getting distracted by butterflies!

                i think he'd make a lovely broach but yeah I'd go with a thick, chunky bracelet style, have you seen those silver bracelt starters that just have two bands of silver that widen in the middle and have a plain silver disk for you to attach your own beads or design to? Can't remember where I saw them, probably dreaming them!
                Now that's another possibility. I do know the bracelets you mean, have some silver plated versions sitting in my stock waiting to made up with cabochons. It might work but would have to find some sterling silver versions at the right price as I'm now dreaming of a whole range of butterflies (and someone suggested dragonflies which got me thinking) and would like to use quality findings so they'll last.
                Jane

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                • #9
                  Thanks for all your positive responses, girls, really much appreciated! I had another thought last night which was making them in pastel colours and putting them onto satin ribbon chokers, aiming for the bridal market - what do you think? Or am I just caught up in too many fragile winged, flights of fancy?!
                  Jane

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                  • #10
                    I think they are really beautiful, Would definately wear one as a necklace or a brooch. Pastel bridal colours would be lovely but so would something stronger like black, gold, red and white. Could also see different size ones appliqued randomly down the front of one side an evening gown. Mo.XX
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