Frankfurt Lace Cuff

Surfing the net for inspiration, I found the incredible Sabine Lippert at Trytobead, who is a brilliant German designer of bead woven jewelry. After drooling over her work I was super excited when I saw that she had some free patterns on her website to try out.

This is my version of her stunning Frankfurt Lace bracelet, and I’m totally in love… In fact I’m so in love, I ordered one of her books on Amazon to try out some more of her designs 😀

I did change it up a little, as I didn’t have any silk ribbons or giant buttons, I made a peyote  toggle clasp (YouTube video tutorial here from Potomac Bead Co) and embellished my finished cuff with some 4mm clear and light pink fire polished beads. LOVE IT!!!

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Fire polished bling…

 

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When I saw these clasps I knew I had to have them, I had no idea what to do with them, but I had to have them!

After messing about for ages with my bead stash I came up with this, sorry about the kitten scratches on my hand… well at least I’m sorry about them, the kittens, not so much :/

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This bracelet is made with beading wire, 4mm Czech fire polished beads in shades of topaz, green and blue and white opal 11/0 seeds. I simply attached a strand of beading wire to each loop on one side of the clasp, strung my beads then braided the lot (and unbraided it and rebraided it until I was happy with it) and fastened (wrestled) the strands to the other end of the clasp.

I love it, its SOOOOO me!!