|Variations of the Princess-Warrior Bracelet - Golden Flowers done with C-Lon Bead Cord in Black & Tan,|
Gold Miyuki Duracoat Galvanized Beads and Vintage Italian Metallic Buttons
This is the next step up from the Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet. The Turkish Flat Bead Crochet is patterned after Turkish Oya, the beautiful crochet trims found mostly around scarves edges in Anatolia.
This new bracelet is an original design. I have never seen it done anywhere, although that does not mean someone else did not stumble on this same design elsewhere. This wider bracelet is made with C-Lon Bead Cord and Miyuki 6/0 beads, whereas the Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet is made with C-Lon Bead Cord Tex 400 and 5/0 beads. This sophisticated bracelet is reminiscent of armor, the Viking or Greek, "Princess-Warrior" look, so I decided to keep this collection with metallic beads. Most of the kits are made with Miyuki Duracoat Galvanized Beads and include Vintage Italian Buttons collected over time. The Duracoat finish gives the Miyuki beads a super durable metallic coat, so you can expect the bracelet to last over time.
|Princess-Warrior Bracelet - Golden Flowers Bead & Button Pack & Spool of C-Lon Bead Cord|
Several of the bracelets I have been wearing are earlier prototypes made as I was refining the techniques to create the final bracelets. The final design adopted for this bracelet tutorial minimizes stretch, wear well over time, and includes technical aspects that will help if ever the buttons need to be moved, restitched, or the button loops repaired.
|Picture from the tutorial|
Once the final design was selected, I photographed each of the steps while making the bracelet. The next step was to make a second bracelet while writing the instructions and looking at the photos. Then, I revised the written instructions accompanying the photos, while making a third bracelet. The full tutorial is a 15 page PDF document with over 20 large pictures. A paired and scaled down printed version comes with the kits and the larger PDF version is sent by email. Both include the Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Mantra, an easy way to remember the pattern.
|Princess-Warrior Bracelet - Silver Zuni Circles Bead & Button Pack & Spool of C-Lon Bead Cord|
Matching materials for these kits has been a challenge. I can attest to it by the number of bead finishes and buttons I purchased over time that did not make the final cut. Most of the vintage Italian buttons used in these kits are no longer available, so the number of kits available is limited to the stock on hand.
|Princess-Warrior Bracelet - Bronze Double X|
While wearing the earlier and final versions of this bracelet at shows, shops, restaurants, I have gotten lots of comments from people at large. This bracelet attracts lots of attention from a wide range of people of all ages, so make one for yourself, one for your daughter, or some for friends.
|Princess-Warrior Bracelet - Pewter Bindu Circles|
Design variations can be done by adding attached elements, by changing the width of the bracelets and of course by altering colors, beads, and buttons.
|Princess-Warrior Bracelet - Antique Copper Flowers|
The Antique Copper Flower Bead & Button kit is the only one that comes with newly produced copper buttons. These flower buttons are a traditional button design. The Bronze Double X comes with Bronze Metallic Miyuki Beads Size 6 - the metallic finish on these beads is more susceptible to darkening over time than the Duracoat finishes.
|Full Princess-Warrior Kit with the Tool Bag including a Super Max Thread Burner|
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