Some pretty bling in ugly times: More beadwork

Yeah, I know, my apologies are getting old, but right now I find myself unable to engage in internet discussions much. While you all know me as “argumentative”, I find the current situation too dire to quibble about it on the net. Instead I’m trying to do my best offline, take care of the Ukrainian kids arriving at school, etc. And I craft. Because crafting is my #1 stress relief. Also, beading is something I can do on the couch while watching TV, unlike working with resin or sewing, so here’s the latest bling. It also helps with cutting down on snacks.

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These are made with peyote stitch and look much more complicated than they actually are. I’m currently working on a matching necklace.

The next two pieces look like I robbed some ancient treasury, despite being nothing more than wax and glass beads. All I need now is for an occasion to wear them.

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Again, youtube is a well of inspiration and comprehensive tutorials. One thing that is absolutely not the fault of the people doing the tutorials is the fact that you rarely have the exact same beads as they have. With stuff like the earrings and the necklace, that’s not a problem. They turn out a bit bigger or smaller than the original, but all in all they’re just fine. Things like the bracelet and the pendant are tricky, though. With those, the proportion needs to match and I often end up undoing and redoing them several times, swapping out beads, until I get them right.

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I already have a rainbow necklace in resin, and i noticed something when wearing it at school: It’s important. Sometimes it acts as a discussion starter. We have a huge problem with homophobia at school. Many very religious kids (I recently shocked one kid by simply not believing in any deity) and also just plain secular toxic masculinity homophobia. they see my rainbow, they ask me if I “support LGBT people”. Since these are conversations that happen “off record”, kids are more willing to openly discuss matters. The other part is that of course having loudly homophobic pupils doesn’t make LGBT kids disappear, they just stay in the closet. I get a few shy “I like your rainbow jewellery” comments from kids and I thank them and they know I’m safe. Maybe they don’t dare to wear a rainbow openly, so I do it for them.

About the technicalities: The ends are glued into the caps, as simple as that, and the clasp is magnetic, so I can put it on and take it off myself, though it also means that I need to pay attention so I don’t lose it. The added semi precious beads act as a counterweight. the clasp is often the lightest part of a bracelet and will end up on top. This way it stays down.




  1. kestrel says

    The bracelet is really cool. My grandmother had a very long beaded necklace/belt/what have you, made with that or a similar technique, and so I learned to do it years ago. It really is amazing how gorgeous “just” beads can be. No wonder there were people who used to use them as a form of money.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    I love how psychedelic the rainbow bracelet looks.

    The one with blue and white beads could be quite well received here, but I gather they’re also the colours of your neck of the woods as well?

  3. says

    Ice Swimmer

    The one with blue and white beads could be quite well received here, but I gather they’re also the colours of your neck of the woods as well?

    Not really. If I wanted to do some regional bling I could use blue, red, white as in the coat of arms of 1948 (we were totally, totally independent until we joined western Germany in 1957) The colours are a combination of “what size of beads do i have and which look well together?”

  4. Jazzlet says

    Lovely! Are the earings actually 3D or is that an optical illusion? Very cool either way. And I love that you can use the rainbow in such a helpful way -- Go Giliell Great Teacher! (I can’t think of ‘g’ word for an educator so the alliteration falls down, but you get the message).

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