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The ‘ornery’ bracelet: When plans go awry

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Deep down, I knew my plan for the silver tube beads was iffy.

Once I got all of the pieces for the bracelet I was planning to make — rectangles of beads linked together with the tube beads — I started putting them together, only to see the ratio of beads to tubes was way off. Smaller tubes would’ve worked much, much better.

So I started going through some of my stash to see if I had anything that could work in place of the silver tubes. I found short black twisted tube beads I haven’t used in years, and they looked like my best option.

Here’s what I wound up with:


And that was just the beginning of the issues I had. For some reason, on two of the rectangular pieces, I skipped one silver bead in a corner, and by the time I noticed, I had already cut the thread and tied off the end. So I remade them, only to do the same thing again.

I thought I could knock this thing out in about six hours, but instead it took me three days. I told my older sister about what a headache it was, so she no…