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A beady, bee-y bracelet

Yet another great blog post title from me. You’re very welcome.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I am prone to earring-making frenzies. I absolutely love making them, despite the fact that I rarely wear any of my own creations (I can’t wear any large earrings  as I am lobe-ally challenged *sadface*). However, I have recently developed a liking for making bracelets. One evening I made myself a little beaded bracelet with a tassel which I discovered in daylight was slightly the wrong shade of red. *twitching* I continued on my bracelet quest, and despite battling with tigertail (a coated wired used in jewellery making), crimp beads and knotted elastic that suddenly decides to ‘ping’ your carefully chosen beads across the room, I have made a bracelet that I am actually quite pleased with. As a picky perfectionist (when it comes to my own work) that is high praise indeed).

 Looky here:

It’s a relatively simple design, but I think it works quite well. I love love LOVE the purple glass beads with their ‘lustre’ effect (oh yes, I know ALL the lingo). And look…

The bee bead changes colour when the temperature changes. Which is not that easy to photograph in February. It’s a bit like the mood beads that were ‘all the rage’ in the Seventies.  According to Wikipedia, the colour change effect is due to a ‘thermochromic element’. Which is not nearly as much fun to say as a ‘moody bee bead’.

My bee has no wings…

How does he smell? Awful!

Yeah, I was asked to make a felt bee for someone, and so I did. Meet Ramon:

He was quite popular when he made his debut on Facebook, but for some reason, no-one noticed that he had no wings. Not even my strict QA officer (the Husband). I was just settling down to make another felt item this evening, and I found the template I used for Ramon and realised he was wingless. I mean, he could’ve rolled around a bit, but it’s not really bee-like, is it?

Anyway, he has been upgraded:

I’m sure I just heard him humming a Randy Crawford* tune…

*Just in case you don’t know, and have had your Google gland removed: