Making a Pierced Arrow Cuff

One of the things I've attempted to do during #socialisolation is to undertake projects that have been on my radar for a while, but I haven't gotten around to doing! 

The first of these was a 'Pierced Arrow' cuff, with the original design by Kim Van Antwerp.

I met Kim at Bead and Button show in 2018 where I undertook a class with her on Warped Square earrings, detonation and explosion points and creating movement with peyote stitch. You can see more of Kim's work here

These were some of the cool earrings we made in that workshop. I could only find a pic of one - I gave these as a gift to a friend! 

Language like detonation, explosion, wings, horns, hypars etc are all part of the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork projects which is an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators. You can read more about them here.

Deciding upon colours

My palette is my 'go to colours' - pinks, rose gold, burgundy, with a touch of mustard and khaki. See the list of colours below. 

I followed the instructions for creating the first part - which includes building a 'split' in the beadwork. Once you've beaded the first triangular part (which I built off a 'podcast bead' - see image below). This handy little bead is a starting tool for many projects, including my 'Jester Cuff' and 'Hair Flower'



I started the first part of my cuff on this bead, and then removed it by cutting away the new section from the bead. This gave me the foundation for the first triangle. 


Progress Pics

Here are some of my progress pics taking whilst I was making the cuff. 

1. Taking the cuff off the Podcast Bead

2. Getting Ready to Cut the Split


3. Split made, second triangle commenced. 
4. Almost Finished!


Once I'd build the first triangle, I then added three more large ones in the pattern I'd devised in the first triangle, and then two smaller ones to get the right size for my wrist. After all the triangles were done, I added an edge of size 15 rose gold seed beads around each triangle, and across the open beaded edge.

I then also 'filled in' the open section that was on the first triangle, to make it more diamond shaped.

What did I learn?

Upon doing the first one, I now know the right dimensions to get the same size triangles for each section. The patterning will end up differently as they are smaller row counts than the first triangle. 

List of Colours

The colours I used in this piece were:

  • DB272 - Mustard
  • DB12 - Burgundy
  • DB340 - Bright Copper
  • DB379 - Dusty Pink
  • DB033M - 24kt Plated Matte Gold
  • DB322 - Khaki
  • Toho Size 15 'Light Copper' PF551


5. And here, is my finished 'Pierced Cuff'. 

This design then inspired a matching pair of earrings as well, in the 'Warped Square' style. Now I just need #socialisolation to be over, so I can wear my new pieces out in style. !


Until next time


On A String


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  • Enjoyed reading about the evolution of Kim’s bracelet – love your colors 😎


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