I have been talking about my colorful stretch bracelets a while ago to a friend of mine and told her, how much work it is to string one of them. She said "Really? I can't believe it, it looks like you just randomly put them together!" - Well, there is actually a lot of work behind making them look that way.
First of all, I have to make the beads, which I love! I just enjoy working tiny and I can even make more than one on one mandrel. I have the option to play with so many techniques, opaques, transparents, stripes, shapes, dots, drops, tiny flowers ... the possibilities are endless.
I don't make all the beads for one particular piece in a row. Instead I just make beads and collect them all in a box, until I am in the mood to create something out of them. Then, I take the stretch cord and start usually with the big hole end bead (where I hide the knot in) and then string bead after bead ... small glassy one next to a bigger decorated one, next to an etched spacer, then maybe a tiny sterling silver bead, just to have more space for the next drop shaped one ... I do this at least for an hour - for one bracelet! I knot and cut ... and string again ... until I feel the "rhythm" and size of the bracelet is perfect. Perfectly random ;)
The finished bracelet is fun and playful, and due to the size of the beads very light to wear (I use high quality jewelry elastic cord, so you don't have to worry about the stability).