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  • 00:00: this is one of my favorite bracelets to wear I'll be totally honest you will frequently see me wearing one of these bracelets if you run into me at a bead show or in a bead store somewhere this is what's called a Cellini spiral some people call it a chilly knee spiral there actually was a guy named Shalini an Italian guy so I looked it up because there's debate in the community whether it's Cellini or Chile knee the guy's
  • 00:31: name was Shalini but honestly in our industry our beading world most people call it a Shalini spiral so I'm going to stick with Shalini because that's what I've got in my head why it's called a sling spiral that I couldn't figure out so we'll have to see if we I can come up with an answer that someday but basically what a Shalini spiral is is a peyote tube so just a plain peyote tube but you're changing the bead sizes as you go along and that's what creates these undulating
  • 01:01: waves in the piece and this is it in a bracelet as a bangle my mother actually took the time to create an entire necklace and this is a lot of bead weaving guys because one of the things about a Shalini is that it is a fairly time intensive so she spent several hours a day for about two weeks I think working on this particular necklace and it's absolutely fabulous you can do not have to make them as big and bulky as
  • 01:32: this however and let me kind of show you a close-up here this is what I am calling my teeny Shalini I made this the other night and just used fewer bead sizes basically is what happened here and created a nice small petite kind of bracelet and a little piece that will end up turning into a bracelet I really am enjoying this quite a bit so for those of you who don't feel comfortable wearing the bigger pieces this is certainly an option for you the
  • 02:02: only difference between this and what I'm going to demo for you is like I said just using fewer beads when you start out you start out exactly the same way though so let's get started working on our Cellini okay what I'm going to do to start out is I'm going to pick up two of every bead and one thing I want to point out to you maybe this will be easier to see on the teeny Cellini I actually double up the smallest bead here and what the reason I
  • 02:36: do that is because it allows your piece to have a pivot point one of the things that I will see people have problems with with a Cellini spiral is that it's really really stiff and there it doesn't want to bend a whole lot one of the things that I've done to mitigate that is by doing doubles of the smallest size bead that I'm using in this case it's a size 15 seed bead and that just kind of gives it more of a pivot point the other thing that I do when I'm to mitigate
  • 03:06: that is to use a softer tension then you might so you need to use enough tension to kind of pull the bead into its spot but don't go crazy on the tension people who I've had people tell me that they will some of them they'll wrap their tail around their finger whatever and they cut actually are pulling so tight that they cut off the circulation and their finger or they caused a little bit of a cut on their finger and if you are using tension that's that tight you're
  • 03:36: not doing yourself any favors it's actually making your piece weaker by being that completely inflexible so strive for medium tension so what I'm going to do here is I did it in size of beads so I went from 15 s to 11 s to 8/10 hex and sixes so here we go I'm going to pick up four of the size 15s because I said I was doubling
  • 04:07: everything so four of those two 11s two eights to size ten hex two sixes and then I'm going to come back down again on my sizes oh then to ten hacks to eight to 11s and then I've already got my 15s there so bring those down till I have about a
  • 04:40: four to six inch tail left you want enough to be able to weave that back in later and then I'm going to pass through all these beads again so I'll probably have to do this in multiple steps get through thee this is what actually turns it into a circle sometimes you will see people tell you to tie a knot to connect beads into a circle I personally don't like to do that simply because a knot is going to help is going to block up at
  • 05:10: least one bead hole when you do that and we're going to need to be able to get back through these again later and so I don't like to block up my bead holes with knots so we're going almost there and then I am going to go a little bit past the tail so that I'm coming out the farthest away 15 there we go okay so there's our ring that's where we're
  • 05:42: going to start out and it's really really a simple stitch your first probably two rows are going to be the hardest part because you don't have a lot to hold on to and we're trying to go vertical and these beads really kind of want to sit out to the side to start out with so take your time as you start this out it will you're just nice and calm and start slow you're going to do it's going to be a lot easier for you to to work it so the bead that I'm coming out of is going to be the next bead that I pick up so because I'm coming out of a
  • 06:14: size 15 I'm picking up a 15 I'm skipping the first 11 because this new 15 is going to sit on top of it and I'm passing through the second 11 and I'm going to do that all the way around so I'm coming out of an 11 I'm picking up an 11 I'm skipping an 8 and I'm passing through the second eight your mind is going to play tricks on you as you do this you're going to
  • 06:46: start looking ahead and think oh I'm going to pass through that size ten hex bead so that means I need to pick up a hex nope it's the bead that you're coming out of is the next one that you're picking up so I'm skipping one going through the next so I'm coming out of a 10 hex so I'm picking up one hex skipping this going through the second of those two coming out of a six picking up a six
  • 07:18: passing the first one going through the second and there will be a step up at the end of your row so that's going to be your other that's the other reason why I like to double my 15s so I'm coming out of an eight I'm going to pick up an eight pass
  • 07:48: you the second of the next speed eleven picking up an eleven skipping one passing through the second of the 15s picking up a fifteen skipping one and then this is going to be my step up so your first fifteen that you pick up will always be your step up and that's one of
  • 08:19: the ways that I make sure that I don't lose where my step up is is I know the first time I pick up a fifteen it's going to be a step up so that means that I am skipping the next fifteen and then I'm passing through two 15s on a diagonal so it's one that was in our my base row here and then my step up is through the first one that I picked up on this second round so this gets me now to the outside of the next round to be
  • 08:52: able to add more beads so see how these guys are all kind of sitting on the outside edge here on this next row we're going to start forcing them to sit up so that we can move and create the tube instead of just expanding it outward okay so since I'm coming out of a 15 I'm still picking up a 15 and what I'm going to do as I'm doing this is I'm just going to kind of encourage this these guys to cup upward so I'm skipping the first first 11 and I'm passing through the sticky-outy one and as I tighten I
  • 09:25: want to kind of tighten inward kind of try to make this vertical coming out of an 11 so I'm picking up an 11 going through the 8 okay so as I tighten see how it's kind of starting to create a vertical wall here so I'm coming out of an eight pickup one pass through the sticky-outy of the size 10 hex hex pass through the
  • 09:55: sticky-outy six pass through the sticky-outy and this is why I love to do a shalini spiral is because it's so repetitive and you really don't even have to think about it too much once you kind of get
  • 10:25: into the rhythm of the bead that you're coming out of is the next bead that you're picking up then this is just so so repetitive this is a great thing to do while you're watching television as actually and then here's my eleven I'm going to pass through the next sticky-outy fifteen remember that it's not the first fifteen that you pass through that is your step up but the first fifteen that you're picking up so now that I'm passing through a fifteen
  • 10:55: I'm picking up a fifteen and that's my first one and so this is where my step up is going to be you can see that my new bead is going to sit right down here next to this guy which means I need to pass through the top two 15s like so all right and that's it you're just going to keep doing that over and over and over again and you can see how it the pattern is growing and moving here
  • 11:25: you want to pay attention to a couple things while you're working on this one stop every couple rows and kind of visually inspect make sure that your pattern is working properly let me get over to the eights real quickly because I want to show you what it's going to look like if you forget what your pattern is a little easier for you to see on those aids like I said the most common error that I see is that you accidentally pick up the bead that's
  • 11:56: ahead of you instead of the bead that you're coming out of so let's say that I forgot to pick up an 8 here instead I'm looking ahead and I pick up that hex and go through a hex and see how you end up with a set of three right here it kind of and this creates kind of a wall instead of continuing the band of eights so when I go back and look I'll go hey where's my next 8 here it's I should have an 8 in this stair-stepped section
  • 12:27: and instead I've got a hex so that's what I'm looking for is that kind of error when I stop every couple rows and look at it because you don't want to get you know 2 inches down the row and discover a mistake way back here and pull back so you're just going to keep keep going like I said medium tension watch for hooked threads because you've got all of these little sticky Audis here it's sometimes easy to get your thread caught around one so if you pull and it feels a little bit short or
  • 12:57: something just feels wrong that's out usually a signal and you want to kind of stop and take a look to make sure you don't have any hooked threads so keep going and when we come back I'm going to talk about sizing and how you're going to end off your piece you've got some options for how you are going to end off your shalini spiral and that will impact how long you want to make your spiral I have both samples
  • 13:27: that use a clasp so I'll show you how to do that in that case all you're doing is taking into account the size of your clasp for your closure or you can turn it into a bangle with no closure whatsoever and just bring those two ends together and I'm going to show you how to do that in that case bangle sizing can be a little bit tricky so let me show you a trick on how to make that happen this one is a little bit tight on me but because it's spiral it actually
  • 13:57: rolls and I can get it on over so you actually kind of want to err on the side of a little bit too small because it will work out that way what my trick is is I went out on the internet and found myself what a printable ruler I literally just searched on printable ruler and you will find websites where you can print this out and that way you have a very flexible measuring thing what you want to do is you want to
  • 14:27: measure the widest part of your hand because that's what your bangle needs to fit and let's see here I want to make sure I've got my zero here okay here's my zero and I'm going to bring this around the widest part of my hand when I'm kind of holding it like a duck because that's how I put it on right is when I'm kind of holding it like a duck so we'll do that and I make it nice and tight around there and then I can slide that off I can even just pin that peanut
  • 15:00: I can tape it so that I know exactly where how wide the inner diameter my bangle should be where I ended up measuring was just a little bit shy of eight and a half inches here so what I will do is I'm going to use that kind of as a measurement as a guide for the the diameter of my bangle now let me kind of show you this from above I'm putting this right on
  • 15:32: top of my bangle here and you saw that this one kind of was a little bit tight on me that but I was able to roll it on and you see that this is pretty much in line with the center of that bangle you can kind of kind of get an eye eyeball there so that will help you a little bit with measuring your bangle in this case what I've got going on here for this one that I'm going to join together this one I think was a little bit bigger it looks
  • 16:02: like it's right about the same size so that just kind of helps give you a visual of what you want your bangle to look like because this is a large diameter bangle it's nice it's very thick you can't just measure the length when it's laid out flat because what you need to get is that interior diameter because the diameter on the outside is obviously way different than the interior diameter so that's why we kind of have to go through this whole
  • 16:32: rigmarole with the printable ruler to kind of get our sizing okay so let's say that you're going to go ahead and turn this into a bangle what you want to do is frequently on one end the end that you started out on it'll be a little bit weird that you won't see your sticky outies very well so what I frequently will do is I actually take a needle and I pick out the thread from those first from that first row or two until I get to a point where I have really well-established sticky Audis and I want
  • 17:03: to make sure that when I finish picking out that I stop right where that step up was in my 15s so you want to make sure that that you've got the step up on the 15s and your sticky Audis are even all the way around likewise where the point at which you stopped on the ends that you were been working on is right after you've done that step up at that point these two ends will actually zip together and what I mean by that is I if I line these up
  • 17:35: correctly and this takes usually takes me a second to kind of get it all lined up properly and I usually will start actually at the bigger and so I know that this and this lines up and then you can see where the hex sits next to the hex and then the eight sits next to eight and you can work it all the way around so what I like to do is make sure that my working needle I work it over so it's coming out that largest bead so without
  • 18:06: adding any beads I'm just going to pass through beads to get where I'm coming out the largest bead there we go because it's easiest to connect that way I'm going to pass through that size six on the other edge to connect and then I'm I'm basically going to to this size six on the opposite edge is sitting on top of the size ten hex over here so I'm actually just going to kind of circle
  • 18:37: around those two circle stitch it just to help connect those two well come on here go through mister needle doing this kind of an awkward angle so that you guys can see all right so then my next stitch is going to be this size six sits next to this tax over here and so I'm going to move forward on this next six go take your time as you do this because
  • 19:09: as long as you kind of take your time make sure that things are lining up as you go along it's really not difficult to do okay so we've got those two connected looks like I've got a looped thread right here going on see how I did that let me undo this because that caused me issues later yeah I accidentally scooped under this thread one that little guy there now you're
  • 19:43: happy okay six again and this one that it's sitting next to okay so now we're going to work our way down in size so we're going to go from the six to the ten hex on this side which is now going to sit right on top of this size eight over here you can see I'm just kind of lining up so this is what I
  • 20:16: do is I go all the way around one beat at a time kind of circle them together I don't worry too terribly much about how much tension I'm using I just kind of want to get it attached you see that there's actually daylight showing between these skies so I just want to get them attached first and then I'm going to go back and I'm going to reinforce that join and you're just going to sit there and move along the entire way around and then circle stitch them together bead by bead and then just reinforce that whole area and then
  • 20:46: you've got your bangle and and go ahead and end off your thread by weaving back and forth like you normally would let me just give you a quick visual on how you would attach a different kind of clasp here when my mother made this she tapered it down to a point here she started dropping out the size sixes the last couple rounds that she did and kind of tapered it down a little bit there's no reason that you would have to do that you could certainly just attach it with
  • 21:17: the whole showing like this some people would like to block that hole up with a bead like a large say that looks like it's probably about a ten millimeter bead would fit and right on the tip there to kind of block the hole up and then you just she just came out of one one side of this last round picked up a loop of seed beads that came through the end of her clasp attached it on the other side of this last round and then reinforced that whole join at least with
  • 21:50: at least three passes of thread so your attachment as your first pass and then to reinforcement passes to get that attached on the toggle bar end she knew that she needed a long single strand here so that this toggle bar would go up through the hole so here she just created a little bit of a v-shape so she came up by a couple of beads created her bar attached the toggle bar came back down and then created the other leg that
  • 22:22: then attached into the opposite side of that last round of the shalini spiral and then again reinforced that path a couple of times so there you have it super easy to do just it becomes very mind you know numbing when you're just looking for that repetitive motion project we have kits available for the bangle version in both the big chunky and the teeny-weeny shalini available on Jill Wiseman designs calm and have fun playing with different sizes of these
  • 22:55: different colorways this is a really great place to get real creative with color and in the meantime have fun be you