Fragrant Lilac

Project by Brittany Ketcham
Samples by Robin Tobias*

Gorgeous, sweet-smelling flowers in shades of lavender, lilac, and purple make this a favorite tree in many English gardens. Lilacs bloom in early Spring...just when romance begins to blossom. When Robin* selected the cord and bead colors for this collection of Bollywood, we think she had sweetness and roses in mind. And it’s really amazing that with just 4 tubes of seed beads and 5 colors of Chinese Knotting Cord, you can make 15 bracelets! Just add a few organza bags to your order and you can keep some and give some away as gifts. How perfect!

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See the Project Map below for a Bird’s Eye View of what beads Robin paired with what cord. Bollywood is a video project. Be sure to click on the VIDEO tab above to watch. We do not have a companion handout for Bollywood, however these techniques are helpful to review, if you’re new to Bollywood:

Deep Plum- 0.5mm
Frosted Lilac- 0.5mm
Magenta- 0.5mm
Orchid- 0.5mm
Antique Pink- 0.5mm
8-4220- Duracoat Galvanized Eggplant 8/0
8-1005- Silver Lined Dark Topaz AB 8/0
6-451 Gunmetal 6/0
6-4220- Duracoat Galvanized Eggplant 6/0
GS Hypo Cement
Thread Snips
Project Tray Inserts
Deep Dish Project Tray
Project Map

Robin’s samples use two sizes of seed beads (8/0 and 6/0) in just two colors, but notice how when you mix the five cord colors you get a variety that looks like so much more. When finishing the tails of each bracelet, Robin found it easier to use the 6/0 seed beads on all the tails rather than trying to fit 8/0’s on the ends, as Brittany did in the original samples.

*Robin Tobias is a local jewelry maker who knows Janice from “the old days” of The Bead Shop, where she was a regular in many of our classes.  Recently Robin and Janice reconnected and now we’re keeping her busy sample-making. Thank you, Robin!



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