This month's challenge piece was to be a bracelet. I received 3 beads in a beautiful translucent brilliant blue with delicate pink and white roses, lavender lilacs and that oh so yummy sage green she uses for the leaves! I was so excited to hear we were to make bracelets and David and I had several design ideas, but nothing seemed to be drawing me in. I pondered and let it do what I call "marinate" then almost suddenly it all came together! The pictures in this post will take you on a journey through the creation of this bracelet. I hope you enjoy!
I started with copper sheet that was cut a nice size for bracelets. It was all nice and shiny and I had every intention of putting an end to that! LOL First I trimmed and filed the ends round for wearer's comfort. Then I added texture with a couple of texturing hammers. Cut and textured the three tabs and balled six pieces of heavy gauge wire for rivets/cold connections (learned a trick to that in the process!). Gave everything a good swim in the pickle and rinse and broke out the torch for some fun! I wanted the copper to have as much color as the beads so I started playing around with flame painting so, here comes one of my "what happens when I do THIS" moments. LOL It took a few tries, but I was finally able to come up with something I was pleased with. I am now in LOVE with flame painted copper! Next was connecting the tabs to the bracelet blank.
|Don't you just LOVE the vibrant colors given by the flame?!|
|You can bet I'll be using these in a cuff! ;)|
Actually, I have SEVERAL bead sets that would go nicely w/ the flame painted copper, but I stuck with the plan to use the randomly provided beads from Heather. ;) I was pleasantly surprised to see the pinks and greens and blues in the beads went QUITE nicely with the copper! On to the next step -- securing the beads to the bracelet. I placed the beads between the tabs and marked the hole placement. Check twice and punch once! The beads are secured using three of the longer balled wire I had made earlier as pins.
|hmmmm....an impending design modification in process...|
I had initially intended on cutting the long ends of the tabs off but decided to do another one of my "what happens when I do this?" experiments and was liked how it worked out! Fun little surprise -- the beads now had enough wiggle room to have a tiny bit of movement...Not stationary as they would have been had the tabs been cut flush. ;)
Let's see what it looks like after forming on the bracelet mandrel...
|ponder ponder...seems to have too much space between the beads...|
|MUCH better, don't you think?!|
I hope you've enjoyed learning about the design process and construction of this cuff. I invite you to visit Heather's Blissful Garden Beads Blog of the Bracelet Challenge Voting and check out all the lovely artistry! Take a good hard look and cast your vote. My entry is lucky #13!
Feel free to share with your friends and -- above all Have Fun!