Ever since finding these chicken beads, I have been obsessed with finding a way to use them… classy. much to my joy, I have recently noticed blue willow china EVERYWHERE – including beads! I started a Pinterest board with this inspiration, with the very first pin ending up being my absolute favorite! The idea was sparked, and I was off to the flea market to find the perfect combo. I found exactly what I was looking for – white and blue ceramic beads that resembled blue china, as well as pearlized beads shaped like eggs. these went perfectly with the wire wrap ball beads (which resemble nests/baskets to me), rose gold cow bell charms, and rose clay beads I already had in my stash.
Let’s get started!
Paint the clay roses the color you desire. I chose red to accentuate the red in the chicken bead. In retrospect, I would have been just as happy with this piece if I had left the roses green and white, but I wanted to paint them, gosh darn it!
Line up the pieces up in a repetitive order, organizing them in a way that will get a full pattern and the right length. this will usually take a few tries.
Measure elastic mono-filament to be 4 inches longer than your bracelet pattern, then double it. I used elastic floss for this, since it is easy to thread doubled up strands into 1 bead, with or without a threading tool.
Thread the mono-filament through the first 2 ceramic beads and cow bells.
A threader can be helpful when threading doubled up filament through a small bead, like the egg bead. I used needle nosed pliers to widen the threader so the filament could fit through.
Once threaded, thread each end of the cord one at a time through the wire wrap ball bead. I found that it is just easier to get them through the same hole when threading 1 at a time instead of both at the same time. Then, push egg bead inside wire wrap ball bead, nice and cozy!
Thread both ends through the bottom of a chicken bead. Since it is a specialty ceramic bead, you may need that threader here too as these can often have imperfect holes.
Thread both ends of filament through flower bead, then each end through another bell charm and ceramic bead.
Repeat pattern 2 more times and pull tight to cluster beads closely together.
Tie an excessive knot – this is a heavy bracelet, so a huge knot is needed for sturdiness! I did a few over hand knots on top of each other, and then a few more around the stack of knots. No such thing as over kill when it comes to elastic knots!
Enjoy your French kitchen bracelet!