Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tangerine Tango Watchband

This March challenge is to use up some leftover beads.  The way my beads are set up I really don't have leftover beads.  Occassionally, someone uses part of a string of beads and pay only for the number used and the rest are put into a bead case of odds and ends.  I have chosen beads from this case.  The next challenge is to use a new beading technique.  The two will be combined in this watchband. 

The beads chosen are carnelian 8mm round beads.  The color couldn't be better for the Pantone color of the year:  Tangerine Tango. 

  The technique is making a watch band with three strands instead of two.  After several attempts is was evident that there is no way to do it without going through one row of beads twice.  Therefore, it would be much easier if the center beads were large holed.  I switched the gold beads for some with extra large holes, however, the carnelian beads would not allow the stretch cord to go through them twice.  I had to go around them so it was lucky that I had orange Power Cord.  It is almost invisible and on a moving watch won't show as much.
The first attempt was way too short, so I added more beads.  Now it is too long and I must take it all apart again and remove some beads.  (That is why you will see a little tail of the knotted end here and there.)  I wanted to post this today so I will remedy that and another problem and edit this later. 

Altogether the watch is stunning. Can't wait to wear it.

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