Cliff Swain-Salomon

March 17-19, 2023

  March 18, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST (ZooM)

Circle Game

Circle Game


The carousel cuff, “Circle Game” is named after the song by Joni Mitchell of the same title. The lyrics have deep meaning to Cliff and how important carousels have been in his life.

“And the seasons, they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We’re captive on the carousel of time

We can’t return, we can only look Behind, from where we came

And go round and round and round, in the circle game.”

This project combines custom-made 3D printed carousel horses (designed by Cliff’s husband), with carved German glass cabochons, precious metal plated seed beads, Delicas, and lots of other unique elements including, a 23kt plated Claspsgarten clasp, pressed Czech beads in various shapes, and 50 Swarovski crystals. Some brand new and unique variations of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork that were developed especially for this piece are used to support the roofline of the carousel as well as the floorboards, while the many other stitches used in the bracelet create realistic carousel textures such as the spiraling poles that the horses are attached to, the scenic panel in the background that pays homage to the “Four Seasons” mosaic designed by Chagall, and the palladium plated beads that form the mirror behind the horses. This definitely is a jaw-dropping statement piece.

There is a little minimal homework before class. After class there will also be 4 videos released over four months to provide extra support as well as an optional once a month group meet-up to answer questions and support one another with creating this piece. The hope is that it will make the process feel less intimidating and get people excited about finishing. This support is all provided at no extra cost.

LEVEL: Advanced

PREREQUISITES: Peyote, Herringbone, CRAW (strong knowledge)

TECHNIQUES: Peyote, twisted herringbone (taught in class), MRAW (taught in class), CRAW, combination stitching, bead embroidery (will be covered in video sessions after class)

KIT COST: Mandatory $185 and includes everything needed to make the bracelet except for the beading surface, magnification, and lighting

• There will also be exclusive component refills (the horses, crystals, shaped beads, 9 cabochon focals) for those who want to make additional carousels for $100.
• For those who want to make a slip on bangle instead of a clasped bracelet, they can substitute the clasp for one additional white german glass cabochon.
• Standard horse color for the kits are off-white. If you would like a different color horse they are available for an additional $10 fee (covers time cleaning the printer to switch colors). Premium color choices include: semi-transparent Cobalt, Turquoise, medium gray, semi-transparent green


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