I want to talk a bit about the Pondo beading technique shown in the April/May edition of Beadwork Magazine. Page 74. I started the silver piece shown above with the suggested size 11 and size 15 seed beads. Those of you who do seed bead work know how tiny those beads are! After about an hour or work and only an inch or so long--I decided to switch to size 8's and 11's. That's the darker blue/silver piece. This works up a bit faster, but not much! I found the instructions hard to understand in the magazine, the pictures of the thread path are very confusing to say the least. My point being---if you want to make a lacy looking bracelet like this, I would suggest doing it with a netting technique. Basics for that stitch can be found on page 118 of the same magazine. It works up much faster--I could have gotten an entire netted bracelet finished in the time it took to make the two sample pieces above!
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