Bessie

Project Info:

Quantity Needed For Project:

Level: Beginner

Estimated time: 1-2 Hours

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Bessie

Beadsmith Zap Jewelry Gel

Tools

$4.50 USD

Clampers

Tools

$1.75 USD

Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutter

Tools

$36.95 USD

Project Map

Project and Sample by Kate Richbourg

It's time to explore the Expedition Bracelet. Leather, chain, and a clasp...such a simple recipe with such outstanding results! In preparation for The Great Bead Extravaganza's Spring Fling next weekend, we have three limited-edition kit colorways. Kits sold out, or want to create your own colorway? Refer to the linked recipe above!

With the name of this project, Expedition, in mind, we thought it only right to name these 2022 samples after women explorers: Bessie Stringfield, Amelia Earhart, and Sally Ride.

Kate created each sample with the sense of adventure and excitement that these women kindle. Bessie is a collection of copper and berry tones--pretty and a bit tough! Named for Bessie Stringfield, who was a motorcyclist. She became the first Black woman to ride solo across the United States! She faced racism and sexism throughout her life and career, but persevered to make a name for herself, breaking barriers and stereotypes along the way. Known for her tricks, long trips, races, and work as a motorcycle currier for the US Army in WWII, she rode her motorcycle right up until the time of her death in 1993, at the age of 81!

You may want to review the original Expedition project, and be sure to tune in to Kate's upcoming live shows to learn about the kits and how to create your own Expedition Bracelet:
Friday, 4.8.22 at 10:30am Pacific Time, Kate goes live on our YouTube Channel and Facebook Page for our weekly Free Tip Friday broadcast, this episode featuring an in-depth look at these kits and other products we carry that you can use to make your own version.
Saturday, 4.9.22 at 11:00am Pacific Time, Kate goes live to make the project itself on The Great Bead Extravaganza Page, as well as on our own YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.