Yesterday, at the monthly meeting of Southern Flames, we made a leather bracelet using seven lampwork glass beads that we made or purchased. Gerry and Stephanie White, of Beads by Design, guided us through the process. Basically, we strung 2 to 3 beads on three strands of leather held in place with a jig. The ends were finished with knots which were glued in place. The completed bracelet is shown below:
The beads themselves were made from Ekho glass from Double helix. The class was cooled then heated until I was pleased with the colors; then the beads were encased. I used 3/16 inch mandrels so that I could easily string the beads on the leather cords. I'll be making more of these!