I have some kind of beading curse or beading gremlins. Beading projects, especially bracelets, generally don’t go smoothly for me. When I did more bead stringing, I could never string a bracelet in one try. For one reason or another, despite semi-careful measuring and planning, it always seemed to take me three tries (or more) to get things right.
Recently I pulled out a freeform peyote bracelet I had started back in December of 2007. This bracelet is in shades of black, and I know I will be able to wear it often. The project was nearly complete when I added a row of dagger beads at one point on an edge that really looked off. Unfortunately after I added the offending beads I had continued along and added a variety of other beads in surrounding areas. I have never been a big fan of ripping out, so I just put the bracelet aside. Occasionally I’d glance at the tray it was on, but it sat there unfinished for more than a year. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try to work back and remove the dagger beads. It was easier than I expected.
I should have expected the beading gremlins wouldn’t let me off so easily.
So, I worked along adding a few beads along the edge, reinforcing a few areas until it looked basically complete. I thought to myself, “this is a piece of cake, I’ll be able to finish this quickly”. Then I hit the closure. I prefer to use two buttons on one edge and make peyote loops on the other. I made one loop and them discovered I didn’t have any buttons that were the right size. (Let’s just ignore the fact that I could have very easily made some buttons out of polymer clay, or even silver.)
Instead of just waiting to buy (or make) buttons that would fit, I ripped out the loop I had made and started to attach a longish magnetic slide clasp. I had it attached at two points before I really looked at it. The clasp was just a bit too small for the width of the bracelet. It would make the edges curl. More ripping out and cutting of threads.
A couple of days ago, I stopped at Joann’s and picked a few buttons. Yesterday afternoon I examined my new choices and picked out a pair of simple small matte silver buttons. I quickly sewed them on. I held the bracelet up to my wrist and admitted that it really needs to be a bit longer before I add the peyote loops. I began brick stitching a few rows of beads on the other end, and then I noticed that I sewed the buttons on to the wrong side of the bracelet.
Third time’s the charm, right?