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Ladder Stitch Bracelet with Lampwork Closure

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I learned these ladder stitch wrap bracelets years ago (read: decades ago), but they are enormously popular right now because of designer Chan Luu. Consider making them with a lampwork bead closure.

Hers are done with semiprecious and/or swarovski crystal and you can see them (and their prices) here:
http://www.chanluu.com/Wrap-Bracelets-s/335.htm

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Below is what you need to make a 1-yard wrap.

Materials:
Work Surface
Thumbtack
6 yards C-Lon Macrame Cord (I get it from caravan beads here: http://www.caravanbeads.net/ProdList.asp?scat=76 )
2 yards 2mm leather (available from your local bead store)
30 grams size 6/0 seed beads (also available from Caravan Beads)
Lampwork glass bead (mine is boro and you can find the tutorial to do this wave bead in this forum room. I used GA Passion Extreme and clear for this bead). The important thing about your lampwork, is that the hole must be big enough to go over TWO strands of the leather. You’ll see why as you read through this.
Twisted Wire Needles
Some glue – I suggest watch glue.
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Fold your leather in half. Wrap the C-lon around it and fasten with a knot.
THIS IS YOUR BUTTON HOLE! Make sure that it fits over your bead.

Stick a bit of glue on there or burn that little end with a thread burner or match (see the Shamballa Bracelet Tutorial thread in the Tutorials For Sale section on details regarding this). Pin down to your work. It’ll make it easier to start.

Thread your needle.
(Okay, I actually HATE these little wire needles, but they do make this project easier. So, swear a bit and then go ahead and thread that booger)
Thread on a size 6/0 seed bead.


**Pass the seed bead underneath and between the leather pieces.

Go OVER the lower leather piece, THROUGH the seed bead and OVER the upper leather piece.
Thread on another seed bead.** Pass the seed bead underneath and between the leather.


You probably see where this is going.
Go OVER the lower leather piece, THROUGH the seed bead and OVER the upper leather piece.


Thread on another seed bead.
Continue between the ** until you get bored.
I got bored about 4″ into this bracelet, but I was all heck-bent on making it wrap at least twice. BTW, the Chan Luu single bracelets run about $150.

When you get to the end, wrap your C-lon a few times around the leather and pull it really tight. Tie a knot and glue it. Pull your lampwork over the top of this wrap and over the top of the knot. The glue should also be inside that bead. Tie a knot on the outside of the lampwork and trim your cords.

You’re done! Admire you work!


Now, lets see photos of yours!

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My internet was down, so I’ve only now uploaded the directions for the Taos Sunset Triangular Peyote Stitch at http://www.goodrivergalleries.com/taossunset.htm
It will only be up for a week, though, so print it out right away!

Dixie: I put fringe all across the lower ladder stitch in the Egyptian Queen Necklace. I had been planning on doing it all the way up to the clasp, but then got bored, so that’s how the crossover fringe happened. I think you could just fringe until you had enough or ran out of beads, whichever happened first!

David and I have been volunteering for the local animal shelter, Stray Hearts, and we sort of fell into some fundraising work for them. This weekend Natural Accents, a local gallery, is sponsoring an art auction for the shelter. We’re helping to arrange the show on Sunday in the space next door to the gallery; its been unused for a year or so now. Since Natural Accents is packed full of stuff, what better way to start with a clean slate? And, I’ve donated one of my crocheted & beaded rope necklaces for the event. The piece is handdyed silk and clear beads over the top, with a loopy fringe and some lampwork (see photo below). Better yet, Natural Accents has asked to have some of my work in the gallery after the event. They are in a prime location.

Also, see the fundraiser this weekend for the Taos Museum, in the posting below…

As a side note:
I just slipped some feathers into the coyote eye cabochon pendant. I still haven’t figured out how to work the winged seraphim pendant I bought them for, so thought that they might be fun in the fringe of the pendant…

Coming soon!
A shop-able web cart for http://www.goodrivergalleries.com/! Its almost all in place except for the actually workable forms (through Paypal) and some of the kit information. This should have been up and running two years ago, but David and I are sharing a car and I’ve got my eyeball (not the ones pictured in earlier posts, but my real ones) on a tomato colored VW Convertible Bug (A TOMATO BUG!) here in town. Its one of the original ones, so guess what, Karen… I’m gonna have to learn to drive stick if I can talk the owner into selling, and can get together the cash for it! Two years, though… How’s that for procrastinating? Bethany, from gwacie beads (www.gwaciebeads.com), calls this WAD (Work Avoidance Disorder). Speaking of which, she’ll be in Columbus for the bead show this weekend. Stop on by and give her what-for for me.

>My internet was down, so I’ve only now uploaded the directions for the Taos Sunset Triangular Peyote Stitch at http://www.goodrivergalleries.com/taossunset.htm
It will only be up for a week, though, so print it out right away!

Dixie: I put fringe all across the lower ladder stitch in the Egyptian Queen Necklace. I had been planning on doing it all the way up to the clasp, but then got bored, so that’s how the crossover fringe happened. I think you could just fringe until you had enough or ran out of beads, whichever happened first!

David and I have been volunteering for the local animal shelter, Stray Hearts, and we sort of fell into some fundraising work for them. This weekend Natural Accents, a local gallery, is sponsoring an art auction for the shelter. We’re helping to arrange the show on Sunday in the space next door to the gallery; its been unused for a year or so now. Since Natural Accents is packed full of stuff, what better way to start with a clean slate? And, I’ve donated one of my crocheted & beaded rope necklaces for the event. The piece is handdyed silk and clear beads over the top, with a loopy fringe and some lampwork (see photo below). Better yet, Natural Accents has asked to have some of my work in the gallery after the event. They are in a prime location.

Also, see the fundraiser this weekend for the Taos Museum, in the posting below…

As a side note:
I just slipped some feathers into the coyote eye cabochon pendant. I still haven’t figured out how to work the winged seraphim pendant I bought them for, so thought that they might be fun in the fringe of the pendant…

Coming soon!
A shop-able web cart for http://www.goodrivergalleries.com/! Its almost all in place except for the actually workable forms (through Paypal) and some of the kit information. This should have been up and running two years ago, but David and I are sharing a car and I’ve got my eyeball (not the ones pictured in earlier posts, but my real ones) on a tomato colored VW Convertible Bug (A TOMATO BUG!) here in town. Its one of the original ones, so guess what, Karen… I’m gonna have to learn to drive stick if I can talk the owner into selling, and can get together the cash for it! Two years, though… How’s that for procrastinating? Bethany, from gwacie beads (www.gwaciebeads.com), calls this WAD (Work Avoidance Disorder). Speaking of which, she’ll be in Columbus for the bead show this weekend. Stop on by and give her what-for for me.