Thursday, October 22, 2009

One Redux and Six New Designs...

You might recall the above bracelet from a previous entry last week. I didn't like how one of the components transitioned into the rest of the piece. So, I restrung the bracelet, with I think a more cohesive look that's easier to wear. Sheila calls this piece, "The Power of Three Bracelet" and I think the name is apt. It's got a magical feel and uses sets of threes as design elements. The new variation switches out the Green Girl Studios Magic Rock with three Small Eye Rocks and I've added more Swarovski crystal pearls from Fusion Beads. The bronze clasp from Saki Silver, the coated crystal nuggets from J&M Gems 'n' Things, and the recycled glass beads from Bronwen Heilman of GhostCow are all the same.

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.

I love how whimsical the above bracelet is. I think that the rustic ceramic bird bead from Off Center Productions goes perfectly with the polymer egg from HumbleBeads. Those both go great with the shibuichi toggle and silver spacers from Saki Silver and the fluorite, kyanite, and tumbled agate beads 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.

14 comments:

Joan Tucker said...

Love your birdy bracelet; we are making new cool porcelain things. JT

Lorelei said...

brilliant, as usual! Thank you for the inspiration Andrew! Your work is top notch!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Beautiful! I love the last one, particularly.

jeweledrabbit said...

Every single one is a work of art.

How long have you been designing jewelry?

SummersStudio said...

Beautiful, one and all.

Jennifer said...

such fun all of the variety. I love the bird clasp and the sweet symmetry you displayed above. the one with lots of texture is so fun too. I was thinking of you today. "I'm discovering.....ME!" I've laughed over that at least a dozen times.

Elaine Ray said...

Lovely - all of them. Thanks so much for sharing where all the components come from and giving us all the links. I know that takes an incredible amount of time on your part. On the other hand - do you have any idea how much time I then spend visiting all the links and staring lustfully at my computer screen! Come on - how am I to get anything done with so much to explore..........!

kelleysbeads said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS designs, Andrew! I wish I could sit with you in your studio and quietly watch as you pull these together.

Lynn said...

The "Power of Three"" bracelet is a wonderful redux! Good jub. ;)

I also like the gray background rather than white...physically white light is the most taxing on our eyes, black the easiest. (My eyes are extra light sensitive, so I tend to notice these things!)

Jeannie said...

OH SNAP!

Jean said...

Yay--very wonderful!

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Great colors and love your asymmetry!

Margot Potter said...

Hey Andrew Thornton

No worries! We got soaked on Saturday night and Sunday we took our time and enjoyed the Chelsea Flea Market, met a friend for lunch and made our way to Michael's.

I hope you can come and visit us here someday! We'd love to have you out. Best of luck with the move!

xoxo
Margot

lisa peters ART said...

Bracelet looks great Andrew and I will cherish always the piece you "gave" to me prior to our departure from the NY show... ;)

Beautiful work here on your blog! Lovely, lovely! Great job with the Ceramic Connector! Thank you!

Hope to see you soon and make you laugh once again!