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I intended the Zigged Band sample I showed in the last post to end up as another flower brooch. But it seems to have different ideas; although it is a stunningly beautiful flower, it really wants to be a bangle. Who am I to say no?
On the red side, I began adding in size 15 rounds at the tips and crotches. This caused the tips to curl rather fetchingly, like Persian slipper-tips. You can really see this when it stands up.
I added side increases to the green side some time ago, and used size 15 round beads on one side of them, and Delica 11s on the other. This made them turn downward. As the piece continued, due to the nature of the zig-zag, the tips filled in, and the little winglets are now at the bottom of the open space. I’m having to make decisions about what to do with them- if I keep adding decrease rounds, will I decrease the little winglets into Horns?
I’ll have to decide in the next round.
My only problem with the piece wanting to be a bangle is that I have been encouraging it with every stitch and hold to be a flat shape, not a cylinder, and so to go along with this bangle business I need to do a bit of tailoring. In this case, I am doing decreases on the tall Wings, and turning them in the other direction. This will make them stand up straight.
See how the two Wings I’ve finished the first round of decrease on are now willing to stand and deliver? When I finish the other three, I will have a cylinder. Each round of decrease I add will emphasize this.
Below is a close-up of the decrease, and turn. You can see that I have finished the decreases on only two of the five Wings- the unfinished three are still sporting their black Fill Rounds, which followed their Point Rounds, in which I went from two beads at the top of each Wing to one.
Now, in decrease mode, I am adding zero beads at the tips, and instead am pulling the last two beads from each round together, to create crotches.
It pays to remember that any “V” shape can be filled or zipped up, and any wingtip can be decreased. These are key tailoring moves in sizing Zigged bangles.