April 17, 2013

Circus Bangles ~ Testing

The Circus Bangle String-Along is moving.....  We've all run away and joined the circus, a beady circus that is.  Like any handiwork, many people have a need to swatch or test the beads, thread and tension before they start an actual piece.
I wanted you to see Marlene's test bangle, but you need to see the whole presentation on her blog. 
CLICK HERE  - Isn't that just great circus presentation?

Marty claims she used up some ugly beads in her test piece.  Looks pretty nice to me and the bonus is that size 8/0 beads and lentils will work just as well as the called for 10/0 Delicas.
Ellen always saves bead crochet projects for the NH Bead Retreat and this is what she did with her testing.  I love the green and yellow combination.

Susan wasn't happy with the hips on her drops and the way they tended to ruffle. She got a bit creative and used an 8/0 in between each drop to solve the problem.  It keeps the spirit of the design, but makes the beads behave a bit better.

Now some of the participants are even getting creative with finding circus props.  Guess I'll have to haunt my local thrift store too.

Terri, who is editing this string-along, had to try out the pattern in 11/0 and Miyuki drops.  See, generally any of my designs will work in most any size bead.

The square piece is a 1" embellished square of glass with paper design - clever, no?

Everyone is working on the first of the four real bangles and we've agreed that the more you can stack together, the better they will all look.


  1. I'm missing y'all. Keep posting pictures! I love the color variations and props. :)

  2. Very interesting blog, looking forward to more wonderful! Swarovski schmuck