Jamie Hogsett

Stripes and Strands by Jamie Hogsett

10:37 AM

Have you played around with using peanut seed beads in your designs? They're great! I picked up about ten colors from Whimbeads.com at the Bead and Button Show this year. I've been adding them as spacers and small accents to several projects, but haven't experimented with making them center stage before now.

This four-strand bracelet features three colors of peanut seed beads (lavender swirl matte, moss green swirl matte, and coral swirl luster) strung in the same pattern on .019 diameter beading wire in Citrine, resulting in a color-blocking effect when the bracelet is worn. Two strands feature 4mm CZ rondelles in amethyst as spacers and two strands use size 11 seed beads. A two-strand sterling silver and purple pearl box clasp holds it all together.

I love the texture created by the peanut seed beads and that this bracelet us made with mostly matte beads and just a small amount of sparkle. Oh, peanut seed beads, why do you have to be so fun to use? Now I'm going to have to buy all the colors and add yet another type of seed bead to my stash!

Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.

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