So, I bought this absolutely gorgeous set of beads by Jenelle and Daniel of Beads and Botanicals - in colors I simply NEVER use. Way out of my comfort zone, but DROP. DEAD. GORGEOUS. I never buy beads with a final project in mind - I simply buy them because they hit a chord within. Which is why I have SO MANY BEADS! No complaints here, just a statement of fact.
So, I made this bracelet - why, yes it is adjustable. But zoom in and looks at these beads:
The focal alone is screaming "get to a beach...NOW"...but the tiny spacers have a nugget shape and texture. My downfall is ALWAYS the texture!
With the bracelet complete, I started to play with my silver wire and I soldered bunches of the same type of links I used in the bracelet. And I went one step further. I made some jump rings, and was simply going to connect the links, but this time, I actually soldered the jump rings, as well.
Almost indestructible, I'd say! Well, the set of beads, above, came with a large STRIKING focal. I did not want to "over muss" (my word) the design - the focal is just that beautiful. So, I made an extra long pendant design and wrapped it to the center loop of the necklace.
I added some sterling paddles to serve as fringe on the bottom of the focal bead. A simple clasp for fastening.
Love this necklace! I don't however, love the beach - except in the dead of winter when it is freezing cold and there is no one there! I know...I am odd.
With the necklace and bracelet done, I went ahead and tried another silver bezel set cab - this time Denim Lapis.
It is not 100% symmetrical, - the silver wires on the side are off just enough to bug me - so I won't be selling this one, but I am still very pleased with how it turned out!
I even soldered closed the jump ring on the top - my luck, this pendant would fly right off my neck if I did not!
I am going to keep practicing this skill set - maybe abstract design is better for me than trying to attain symmetry!
Thanks so much for stopping by - enjoy the upcoming weekend!