Monday, March 22, 2010

Curly Curls


What do you get when you peyote long strips, and have the rows of beads graduated in size, from smallest to largest? Why, a curl, of course!
The more size differentiation, the better the curl.
The longer the original strip, the longer the curl.
Why I made these is a story, or a couple of stories, unto themselves.
The Pigtail, so named because, well, it looks like one, was an attempt to do the Peeking Pearls pattern using different sizes of beads, rather than separating a box of 11o Dynamite beads. Lesson learned; the outside diameter not changing is what makes it into a necklace or bracelet, rather than a pig's tail. Changing that diameter brings on a curl that makes it unfit to wear as such, but could be a cool focal. Still working on that one.
The fatter curl was an attempt to recreate a curl I saw once in a photo, and that was from an advertisment for that class. It looked double sided, sort of, so I started with the largest seed beads, did a couple of rows, then went back to the outside and added the 6mm and 8mm rounds. Then it was back to the inside, and adding more and more rows of smaller and smaller beads, finally ending with 15o charlottes. I then used that base row of charlottes to begin adding my other side, building off it in the opposite direction; toward the larger beads. I tried to match up sizes, but change colors, and sometimes styles. When I got to the 6mm rounds, I took the last row on the 2nd side through that row, attaching the two side together at that portion.
Remember you can click on any pic to make it full size.
While this may not be exactly what that class and teacher had in mind, I like it alot, and are going to add a beaded bail to the 'top' and perhaps hang a nice Swar at the base, then put it all on a rope, or maybe even a chain.
What kind of curl can YOU come up with??


Lidia said...

I can tell already that I won't be working on what I should be working on. Now to go and find some beads to play with for some curls..... ;)

Las Creaciones de Boricua said...

Wow!!!!! wonderful!!!

Kaite said...

The curls look great, very intriguing. I have done a similar thing with knitting by doubling the number of stitches and increasing the stitch size every 2nd row. It makes a very curly strip which you can then twist around to make different shapes. K.

Whytefeather said...

How neat looking! I think I'm going to have to read through your directions a couple of times and try beading it referring back. I think I'm not getting which is outside and inside part? Anyway, thank you for sharing such a neat idea!