Always have luck on your sides with "lucky beans" from the coral tree cascading from your lobes.
Lucky Shoulder Dusters
Champagne- & Red Pearl Bracelet
"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick"
- Gwyneth Paltrow -
Materials for Lucky Shoulder Dusters :-
24 x vertically drilled “lucky bean” seeds (from the lysistemon tree)
6 x red glass leaves with brass loops
12 x knot end covers in antique brass
2 x 20mm metal pressed flower pendants in antique brass
2 x 10mm metal pressed flower pendants in antique brass
2 x head pins in antique brass
2 x earring hooks in antique brass
2 x 6mm jump rings in antique brass
No.6 silk cord with fixed needle
clear nail varnish
1. Right at the end of the silk cord, make a double knot. Thread a knot end cover (loop side downwards) onto the cord, but don’t close the knot end cover over the knot yet. Thread a lucky bean seed and snug the seed close to the knot cover. Tie a knot close to the seed.
2. Make another knot 10mm away from the last knot. Thread another seed and snug with a knot. Then make another knot 10mm away from that knot, thread a seed and snug with a knot. Make another knot 10mm onwards and thread a knot end cover (this time loop side upwards). Snug with a double knot within the knot end cover. Apply clear nail varnish onto the two knots within the two knot end covers, then close the covers and trim excess cord.
3. Open the brass loop of a red glass leaf and attach to the loop of the bottom knot end cover. Close the loop of the leaf to finish dangle “A”. Make dangle “B” with four seeds (also with 10mm gaps in between), but leave a 5mm gap between the knot after the last seed and the knot before the knot end cover. Dangle “C” is made with five seeds, but with no gap or knot after the last seed. Simply thread the knot end cover snug to the last seed before finishing with a double knot within the knot end cover.
4. String a lucky bean seed, a 10mm flower pendant and a 20mm flower pendant on a head pin and make a plain loop behind the larger flower pendant. Trim excess wire of the head pin. Open the loop of the earring hook and attach to the loop of the head pin. Close earring loop.
5. Open a jump ring and slide on the three dangles, ensuring that dangle “C” is always the center dangle. Attach the jump ring to the open end of the head pin loop (opposite the earring dangle). Close the jump ring. Make the other earring the mirror image of the first one.
Materials for Champagne- & Red
Pearl Bracelet :-
18 x 10mm glass pearls in red
27 x 8mm glass pearls in champagne
27 x 8mm faceted acrylic beads in brown
18 x 6mm bicone beads in silver
18 x 5mm faceted crystals in jet
160cm of stretchy cord
clear nail varnish
1. Thread three champagne pearls, a red pearl, a jet crystal, three brown acrylic beads, a red pearl and a silver bead on the center of the stretchy cord. Cross the two ends of the cord in the three champagne pearls and first red pearl.
2. Add a silver bead, three brown beads and a red pearl on to the left end of the cord. Add a jet crystal on to the right end of the cord and feed the right end through the red pearl and three brown beads.
3. Next, add a jet crystal, a red pearl and three champagne pearls on to the left end of the cord. Add a silver bead on to the right end and feed through the three champagne- and red pearl. Continue with this sequence, alternating the relevant rows of champagne pearls with rows of brown acrylic beads, until all the beads are used.
4. After the cord is crossed in the final row of beads (which should be a champagne pearl row), add the last jet crystal on to the right end of the cord. Feed the right end through the original red pearl- and three brown beads row on the starter end of the bracelet. Add the last silver bead on to the left end of the cord and finish with a decent knot. Use clear nail varnish to strengthen the knot and feed the ends through some beads before cutting off.