Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bracelet Bonanza

Best. Vacation. Ever.

Seriously. The villa was luxurious beyond belief - I wanted to find out what kind of bed was in my room because it's BETTER than what I sleep on at home. The weather was perfect - not too hot and not too cold. The pool are was gorgeous and the staff waited on us hand and foot. I got addicted to drinking Lava Flows! We spent one great day at Sea World. Hardly any crowds at all which meant that Ryan and I got to participate in a really special opportunity...but more about that (and pictures!) tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are some more of my Labor Day jewelry creations:

Copper and indigo make such terriffic partners!

This design started out with a raku bracelet link from Mamacita Beadworks.

I added some of Miss Fickle Media's lovely indigo patinated links.

Some leftover copper chain and a copper lobster claw for the clasp.

And bunches of wire-wrapped dangles using Swarovski pearls in Golden Shadow, Midnight Blue and Copper; faceted shell rondelles; patinated chestnut metal disks; Swarovski crystals in Montana Blue, Sapphire and Copper; and some copper butterfly charms.

This version also started with a ceramic bracelet link, but this one is from Summer's Studio.

I went for a color palette of green, gold and purple with a few shots of cinnamon that I picked up from the focal.

It reminded me of hazy summer afternoon in a meadow - golden sunbeams glancing down through green foliage, dust motes lazily drifting by and berry bushes heavy with ripening fruit...

I added some patinated large-link chain from Rtsy and hung a bunch of dangles from it: greenish-gold Murano glass with brass leaf bead caps, faceted brown shell ovals, golden pearls, vintage green glass flowers, carved shell flowers and cinnamon-colored melon glass beads.

The clasp is a large brass hook patinated to match the chain.

And that's my "Golden Sunbeam" bracelet.

Tomorrow...whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks and more!



Marie Cramp said...

WOW!! Those are awesome!! They would fit in perfectly with the new line I am working on! "Vintage Romance" In fact, they look a little like what I have been making!! Proof once again that Great minds think alike!! ;)

The Joy of Nesting said...

Welcome home Kiddo!

Your LBD pieces are so beautiful and as unpastel as you can get. Now you are working in my comfort zone :) And you have done an awesome job with these luscious jewel/Fall colors! You know I can't help but notice how far you have come in the past year. If I'm not mistaken were you the gal who said she just wasn't to sure about this whole copper thing?? Wondering why in the heck you even tried to create a piece in copper?? And look at ya now you are creating copper magic with the best of the copper wire artists!!! As that old 80s commercial said. "You've come a long way Baby"!!!! Just thought you'd like to know :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

susanc said...

What a fantastic vacation! Wow! And your bracelets are absolutely gorgeous! You are one talented lady! Can't wait to see what you create next! :)

Mellisa said...

Gorgeous! Dangly, happy,fantastic :) Glad you had such a fantastic time on your getaway!

Copper Diem said...

both gorgeous, but LOVE the green. so pretty!

Tara P. said...

I love them both, but especially the second one as I have such a soft spot for Summer's Studio! I've been wanting to get into copper and brass, as well, and wanted to ask if you would mind sharing some of your favorite sources.

Kristen said...

INCREDIBLE!!!!!! I love them both!!!!!
Glad you were spoiled on your vacation you so deserve it!!!!!


Michelle said...

I LOVE both of these. I like jewelry that makes a bit of noise.
Bead Happy!

lunedreams said...

YOWZA!!!! Those bracelets are to DIE for!!! Yep, the indigo and copper rocks! And the other one is just luscious--sort of makes me think of Tuscan vistas. Outstanding. The kind of bracelets you would design an outfit around. Most excellent!!

(MUST know what a "Lava Flow" is. Sounds delectably deadly).

Pretty Things said...

Those rock out loud, and I love the ceramic focal! Well done!