Sunday, February 8, 2009

Beon Freo Cuff

I took a class today at Bead Junction to learn how to make a design called the Beon Freo Cuff. The teacher and designer is Rachel Nelson-Smith, who is in town to teach several days of classes at the Junction store. Rachel is a lovely person and a very patient and helpful teacher.

As you can see, the bracelet is very detailed and quite heavy to hold, but it's so fun to look at and play with. The more you look at it, the more you notice the little details that make up the whole and marvel over Rachel's talent and creativity.
After the end of a full day, we each had a few components completed but no one was anywhere near to completing their own pieces, even though we had each made the base ahead of time. Rachel said it took her 10 years to finish her piece, although apparently that was just because she was busy with other things and only worked on it from time to time! I certainly hope it doesn't take me that long to finish mine but it will be a while before it is finished. The good news is, I have lots of ideas about what I can do with the techniques we learned today and I'm looking forward to getting to work on my own version of this wonderful design!

P.S. Rachel will be the guest speaker at this month's Toronto Bead Society meeting, being held tomorrow night - guests welcome! You can also check out her website at

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