I thought I would try learning something different the end of last week, seeing as I have spent more than 3 weeks just making beaded bracelets! So I thought I would show you a beaded ring I’ve managed to make.
For something so small I can’t believe how long the first one took me to make, over 3 hours and would you believe after all that time, I made it too big even for me! I was so annoyed.
Yet again I followed a tutorial on Youtube by beadifulnights, she has a few ring tutorials, but I chose this one to start with, not because it looked easy, but because it was the first one I came to. Here is the LINK to the tutorial if you fancy having a go yourself.
I think the reason it took so long is that I had to watch a bit of the video, stop it, rewind a bit, watch again etc, especially when I got a bit confused, which was often! It’s not always a good idea to try to make something at the same time as watching, but it is the way I like to do it. I also like to take a few notes and of course pictures!
I thought I was following the tutorial quite well until I reached the end of the main part of the ring and I wasn’t in the same position as the tutorial was showing. It did look exactly the same but one of my threads was coming out of a different bead. So a bit of improvisation (ie threading through some beads) I found myself in the correct postion. I have since found out how I made that mistake and it would have been so easy rectify, duh!
The rest was really easy, although I did make the mistake of making the band too big. I measured it, it fit, but then she said add more beads to connect the band up which then made it too big (I’m so stupid and I won’t make that mistake again!).
I decided to go with the flatter version of the ring as that is what I preferred, although I am going to make another ring using the other method as well, just so I can see the difference (see photo below).
Later the same day, not to be beaten, I decided to have another go at the same ring but in a different colour, this time without watching the tutorial. Apart from a little bit of confusion, ie it didn’t look quite right so I had to undo it a few times, I thought I had managed it quite well. But when I had nearly finished it, I realised I’d forgotten to do one small bit and I had done far too much to undo it again, so I had to try and cover my mistake up. Only I will know where the mistake is and I did make it for myself!
So here is my third attempt (doing it with the chunkier finish), I am definitely getting better and quicker, no mistakes and this one only took me about 75 minutes. I do love the look of these rings, but I much prefer the flatter finish, what do you think?
And this was my fourth attempt, it’s surprising how different this ring looks using totally different beads.
Thanks for reading & take care.