Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 78

Using patina paints on metal beads opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Choose a suitable base colour for the beads and then work your magic with the colours after the bracelet has been completed. If you are not completely happy you can rework the colours until exactly the right effect has been achieved. The paints can often be purchased in packs of three colours to create different effects and they can be blended together to produce some very individual designs. The copper bracelet has been painted with the Weathered Copper paints and the Rusted Hardware paints have been used on the gold bracelet. Materials 20 grams Size 8 copper seed beads 4.8m beading cord, such as S-Lon Tex 210, dark green 2 end caps 1 toggle clasp 1 charm 2-3 jump rings Patina paints, such as Vintaj Thread for binding Tools Glue – clear all-purpose glue or fabric glue Glue – strong glue suitable for metal, such as E6000 or Zap Gel Round Kumihimo disk, large or small 50-75 gram weight 8 bobbins (optional) Fine paintbrush Soft cloth – for wiping paint 1 Step 1 Cut eight 60cm lengths of beading cord. Tie them together in an overhand knot at one end and position the cords on the Kumihimo disk on either side of the dots (Photo 1). The braid structure for this bracelet is standard Round Braid. Braid for 1-2cm, by first moving the top right cord to the slot on the right of the bottom right cord. Then move the bottom left cord to the slot on the left of the top left cord. Rotate the disk in either direction to the next set of dots and repeat the moves until the braid is the required length.