11 April 2014
This simple, spring time bracelet is the work of moments - no more complex than threading a daisy chain. The beads that make it on the other hand, are quite another story...
One of the most diverse perspex products around, Lucite is able to take on any color or shape you can imagine. Little wonder that it enjoys such popularity in jewelery circles and was widely used in the 1940s and 50s, when brand new materials emerged to serve bold, Modernist design.
These vintage beads are the 'confetti' variety, in which the lucite's naturally transparent state is enhanced by a cosmos of glitter or colorful flecks. It's almost like a extreme close-up of the many, simple molecules that formulate this fascinating plastic; capturing the light that it naturally (and uniquely) holds within its surface.
These pyramid beads have a wonderfully Deco geometry to both offset their candy sweetness, and make it very easy for you to adjust the design to fit your wrist.
Bold jewelry - lickity-split!
- 4 x purple Lucite pyramid beads
- 4 x yellow Lucite pyramid beads
- 71" (180 cm) Black nylon-covered elastic
Notice that each bead has an internal curve to fit your wrist. Make sure you keep in mind which side this is on.
Lay out your beads in alternate colours, curve facing down.
Cut the elastic into three 23.5" (60 cm) lengths.
Tie a knot in the first length of elastic, around 2.5" (6.5 cm) from the end. Now thread it through the top of your first bead.
Thread through the top hole of each bead.
Pull the elastic partially taught and tie another knot.
Repeat across all three holes.
Form into a bracelet and take each pair of meeting ends, pulling them taught, with the knots away from the beads.
Double knot each pair and trim the ends to around 5mm.
Ready to wear!