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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Victorian Feel, Simplicitic Cuff

Title: "Layers of Sunshine" (2011)
Designer: Erin Simonetti
Techniques: 11/0 Delica Loomed Layers using the Extended Pattern Format, Kumi, Warp Threads, Antique Bronze Metal Accents, Custom Created Bronze Clasp
Beads: 15/0 Japanese Glass Beads, 11/0 Delicas, 3mm/4mm/8mm Swarovski Glass Pearls (Burgundy), Antique Bronze Metal Beads/Caps/Chains

I have completed the cuff, I was sharing below. Now you can see the finished piece knowing how I loomed each row, to allow for the large Swarovski Pearls to be incorporated into the pattern. Otherwise, I would have not been able to recreate a swirling, of the pearls, but maybe a straight line, as in the earlier Kumi Warp cuff shared below, too.

My thoughts were to allow the green color, of the Kumi Threads, to show along with the gold lined Delicas and Burgundy Swarovski Pearls. This is one reason I did not edge the cuff with a beaded design, as I usually do. I did want to create a bit of movement, so I included a few dangles of wire wrapped pearls and bronze findings.

The clasp is something you will see more in my pieces. It is custom created using filigree stampings.

Originally, I completed the cuff with many more dangles, under the center medallion, but took a second look and started to clip them with my cutters, like pruning a rose bush. I left the center three, thinking they are just enough and not too much to take away from the simplicity of the cuff's design.

I just ordered many more colors of the thick thread, so I plan on working with other colors and ideas. I also have a strange need to work a bit with strands of pearls or crystals :)


  1. Very pretty Erin, I just love your work.

  2. Thank you Therese. I hope I am able to offer some insight to bead looming techniques. My mode is to change the past thoughts of this weaving method!

  3. I lovet it. Best regards Koralli from FInland.

  4. Esto es encanta el cierre, es hermoso, la fornitura y la elegancia del trabajo con la combinaciĆ²n de piedras y colores....sin palabras.....felicidades

  5. Outstanding work! One of a kind... made with love! Best regards from Romania!