Before Christmas I saw some interesting spike beads at my local bead store. Now spikes really are not my usual 'style' but I have been wanting to at least give them a try. I was hoping for something a little less .... metal-dog collar-ish. So, when I saw these howlite ones I thought, well alrighty then these could work.
The thing with these spikes (or any spike) is that they are a 'one way only' kind of bead. So what you do with them is somewhat limited. I decided to start off a bit predictable. I know, I know. That isn't really like me. But at least 2 early attempts were disastrous 'fails' that were ripped out. Surprisingly (at least to me) the feel of this bracelet is so comfortable around the wrist. Totally wasn't expecting that!
The beading here is an organic ladder stitch (aka, freeform to work around those ginormous spikes). I wanted an earthy feel to it, so I grabbed some mud-colored seed beads that are a bit irregular. They really pulled out the light veining in the howlite. I still have a stash of these, so I will go back to trying something a little more adventurous and let you know if I hit on anything worthy of showing you all.