Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Boho Inspired Bracelet

I confess. I love bracelets. They are my favorite piece of jewelry to make - small, compact, and not necessarily faster to make than anything else. I think I love making them so much because, especially in the summer, nothing else really gets the exposure while being worn - the exposure, the movement, the attention.  I love an arm stacked with colorful beads and various textures, or one that jangles with the sound of stacks of silver bangles.

The bracelet phrase this summer seems to be "Boho Inspired".  Do an image search and you will find anything from silk and wire wrapped bangles to beaded leather wraps.  Along with those images, there are also multi strand beaded bracelets.  I confess, in spite of my rampant OCD (CDO, please!) I was compelled to mix and match some of my beads to make some bracelets.

This is the first of those bracelets.

I started with the lovely mint green Czech glass beads - added a strand of freshwater pearls and a strand of garnet rounds with some bali silver beads.

Sterling silver focal bead and a fine silver handcrafted clasp (since buffed with the dremel!).

It is surprisingly comfortable to wear.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Doing the Happy Dance!!!!

For a long while now I have been a fan of Evolving Creations Lampwork (www.etsy.com/shop/evolvingcreations or on Facebook @Evolving Creations Lampwork). The beads are some of the most intricate and beautiful beads I have seen.  Just recently, they had a sale (I know, the time to write this would have been when the sale was going on, sorry!) and since I have always wanted to own some beads made by them, I visited their Etsy store and started browsing.  Pages and pages of gorgeous color. I had pages saved, new tabs opened, calculator keys flying and all the while a towel in my hand to wipe the drool off the keyboard.  I was determined to narrow it down to an affordable order - and I did.

These beads are so much more beautiful than I had imagined - just to capture some of their beauty in a photograph was difficult.  I LOVE them and am so glad I bought them.  I have no idea what I will make with them (I am SO hoping they don't end up being one of those hoarded beads I keep because I don't think I can do it justice in a piece of jewelry) but I know whatever I make it will be made even more fabulous by these beads. 

I highly recommend you take a stroll through Evolving Creations Etsy shop.........the beads are FABULOUS!!!!

NOTE: I have no affiliation with Evolving Creations Lampwork - just a very satisfied customer fan!