Karyn, a very talented beader who writes the blog Releases by Rufydoof, started a group called Beading Babes with the idea that we would choose a pattern from a magazine (for ease of access and materials) and have a month to create it. No pressure, if life intervenes, no worries. I like groups like this because I get to create projects I wouldn't necessarily choose myself, or that I put in the "some day" pile! It's why I like book clubs. I read books that I might not find on my own. At any rate, this first project was the Camelot Cross Bracelet by Carole Ohl in the February/March issue of Beadwork. It was definitely in my some day pile and I was delighted when it was chosen as our first Beading Babes project.
I had just gotten some new (to me, anyway) Delica colors and I already had the crystals. As I was working on the bracelet it reminded me of chocolate covered raspberries. I'm obviously on a food kick with my names! But, I love the way the combination of colors worked out.
This is a very easy bracelet to make. The components come together quickly and constructing the bracelet is also quick and easy.
For the clasp, I decided to make the button that was part of the pattern. I like it a lot and it also is very easy and quick to make. But, for a great alternative, look at Kristen's idea! It's really great and an idea I'm going to borrow! Thanks, Kristen!
This was a great project and a great idea from Karyn! Thanks, Karyn, for starting this group.