The above piece should really be photographed being worn. It's got so much movement and wears almost like a second skin. The base of the bracelet structure is chain and it drapes beautifully. I adore pink and copper color combinations. I used the copper chain from Ornamentea with a shibuichi clasp from my family at Green Girl Studios and a shibuichi bumpy link from Saki Silver for the main structure. I embellished the bracelet with lampwork beads from Patti Cahill and Kelley Wenzel. I also used Swarovski crystals from Artbeads.com, opalescent Czech glass from Raven's Journey, vintage Czech glass from Pudgy Beads, and rose quartz from Bead Trust.
One of my favorite bracelets I whipped up this session was this bracelet. It's really rich with textures and materials. The large ceramic focal in the center is from Lisa Peters. She was set up next to me at a show and was a laugh riot! I like fun neighbors. Not only was she incredibly funny and nice, but she make some really nice ceramic work as well. I've also got ceramic pieces from Keith O'Connor, polymer from Klew, lampwork glass from Maureen of Pumpkinhill Beads, Czech glass leaves and garnets from Bead Trust, vintage sequins from Gail Crosman Moore, wooden beads from J&M Gems 'n' Things, Swarovski crystal pearls from Fusion Beads, Vintaj Natural Brass from Jamie Hogsett, faceted freshwater pearls from Talisman Associates Inc., and a bronze clasp to bring it all together from Saki Silver. I also used copper headpins from E2SSupplies on Etsy.
Here's a close-up of the bracelet. I really like how everything goes together – rich, warm, earthy tones punched up with a little bit of glittery gold.
Believe or not, I'm not asymmetrical all the time – at least not in my jewelry design. The above piece is evidence that sometimes I do indeed make symmetrical pieces. I love the simplicity and sweetness of this bracelet. I used a fine pewter "You Are Special" pendant and a silver toggle from my family at Green Girl Studios with Peruvian opals from Bead Trust, white coral and freshwater pearls from Talisman Associates, and ceramic rounds from Keith O'Connor.
Sometimes we come full circle in our designs. I made the above piece and realized that it looked very much like a bracelet version of a necklace I did back in January. Elaine Ray featured it on her blog HERE. What can I say, I like the color combination and I like how the Elaine Ray ceramic lentil looks with the Pam Wynn polymer round. I did substitute out the Elaine Ray raspberry rounds for ceramic rounds from Keith O'Connor. I think they go well with the tumbled agate and rose quartz from Bead Trust, Czech glass from Raven's Journey, and the shibuichi toggle from my family at Green Girl Studios.
Just by looking at this piece, one might think that I had gone over to the seed bead side and learned how to do a tubular herringbone stitch. They'd be wrong though. I used stacked bronze-colored daisy spacers from Talisman Associates Inc. to achieve this effect. I paired it with a shibuichi bird clasp from my family at Green Girl Studios, Swarovski crystal pearls from Fusion Beads, recycled glass beads (made from a Skyy Vodka Bottle) from Bronwen Heilman, and a polymer focal bead from Pam Wynn.