Bead weaving- Right angle weave

Today I made another right angle weave bracelet but this one was a little bit complicated at the beginning. I was very close to giving up on it before I got a hang of the pattern. You sure would want to make another one once you get used to the weave 🙂

I did the one with red crystal in the center and my friend did the one with pearl in the center. Both are same weave except we swapped pearls and crystals in the pattern. I personally liked what my friend did as the pearl gives a look of a flower in the middle which is highlighted when you wear the bracelet.

You can find how to do here.

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Handmade ku OOOO!


Glass Bead Making

Hello Hello! I have something new to write about today 🙂 I got to know about a place near my home where they teach Glass Bead making and there was a deal for it. I signed up for it not sure if I can handle it as I knew I had to work with fire. Little skeptical I rushed from work during a week day for the class. It was a factory like setup where I was seated with equipments that I had no clue about. Next 4 hours was the best of time of my life. I am really excited to write this post.

We were given glass tube that were to be melted and made in to beads. Once thats done, you can get creative and make designs on it. I tried making flower, heart designs on the beads. Once made, they have to kept in 970F for a day and then have to cooled down. While melting the glass, careful care needs to take so its not cooled down quickly which would cause it to break. Constant heat needs to be given to the bead until you finish your design. Its a lot of fun making. It was like meditation for 4 hours to me.

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Sorry I dont have a better picture to show you how its made. My camera didn’t work and I am sharing a friends picture above. Here are some of the beads I made (lots of pictures as I am very very excited :D)

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If you are interested in making Glass beads, check out for Glass making institute in your area. If you are in the Bay area region, check out the below site. They have other classes for making vases, plates etc.

Now I have to make a bracelet with these beautiful beads. Have a nice week ahead!

Handemade ku OOOO!