This month's LMAJ Boot Camp announcement was a thrill for me, because I love hoops and what jewelry artist can create with them. And a disappointment, because I feared that, once again, I would have little to contribute.
I wonder if Stacie Florer knew what a challenge she laid at my feet, however, when she mentioned that she would love to see some seed bead hoops. That planted the germ of an idea and so I have found myself playing with peyote hoops these last few weeks.
Thinking that hoops are really not much more than sized down bangles - and I do make bangles, I could create a hoop using the same techniques I use for those. Here's one of my bangle sets...
and here is the mini-bangle (read: hoop) I created as part of a toggle closure for one of my new cuffs:
Not bad. I do think I'll explore that concept a bit more. But what I was looking for was a hoop that I could turn around and create a photo-tutorial for, something that would be a bit more versatile than a sized-down bangle.
That led me to the more demure closure on this holiday cuff:
I believe this is the seed bead hoop I will show you how to make in my blog post on Tuesday. In the meantime, however, I thought I'd share the circles I've been going in these last few days.
And last, just because Stacie dared me to ... a Sand Fibers Simplicity bracelet with a circle instead of the original triangle as a focal:
Going around in circles has been a blast! What kinds of hoops have you been playing with?