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Phoenix Rising

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Those of you who saw my blog post about the first take on this, know that I screwed it up the first time - essentially by ignoring stuff that I already knew.

I hate cutting apart stuff I've made. But - it was what I want to present as this week's inspiration, so - time to suck it up and try again.

This one worked out much better. I discovered the 3 mm bicones fit beautifully into the bevelled holes of the graphic cubes. Of course, we don't have quite as good a color selection in the 3 mms, so I used some 4 mm as well. Without the small beads in between - the last version I made was so stiff, it was in danger of grinding the beads to powder. With them, however, it drapes beautifully.

I got smart and made it on the bracelet measuring cone.

I deliberately made the strands not all identical - because my attention span is too short - and because I think the end result looks more interesting. More like a collection of gemstones and less like a matchy-matchy fashion accessory. The longer strands fall over and cross the other strands for jumbly, chaotic look.

The dark amber section of each strand is also not pure one-colour, for the same reason. It is a random blend of Topaz and Crystal Copper. You can tell which is which when you look closely - but at a distance - they just blend together perfectly.

I strung all 6 strands - yes - I put an extra one in - one of the end loops on the clasp has two strands - first, and then attached each one to the clasp, getting it tight and fastened before adding the next strand.

I'm pleased with the end result - which is a flashing mass of fiery colour.

While every strand is a little different, the basic pattern is:

If you want, here is a an uber-large picture so you can see exactly the order the beads are strung in.

The take away from this is:

          
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(I used these between the Crystal Golden Shadow. They are slightly darker - but I had a brain fart about what colour I was using.)

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