My browband experiment has concluded. After searching for unique browbands online I had decided I really need to make my own. I wanted to do an orange browband, a millefiori browband, and a white/pink browband for horse shows.
I got my empty browbands from delfinasaddlery.com and Ebay, using instructions that Delfina provides gratis. Delfina's browbands are quite nice, in a variety of colors and sizes. I got full size black in the curved style, and some 8mm beads and 3mm spacers from Etsy.com.
I did the browband in one sitting on Saturday night. I made some mistakes, both in the selection of spacers and in the construction of the browband. But, I like it for all of its flaws!
|I LOVE the beads!!!! And I like the spacers.|
If you think that there is something magical about the empty channel browbands that makes it easier to work with hard leather, think again. I bent three leather needles and impaled my fingers twice. I was not 100% happy with the instructions from Delfina, but I'm not especially crafty. An experienced craftsperson would probably do fine.
I will make more, but need to give my hands a rest!
|I think it looks good from the standard distance most people will see your horse|
|The spacers have very big holes, and they were not terribly stable in the strand.|
The instructions said to use an extra bead to accommodate the curvature. This caused the beads to "jam" in places.
|Jamming continued. Plus I tried to follow the "finishing" instructions and did not succeed.|
Notice the beadwork angles up at the end? It's partly the jammed beads, but also improper finishing.