A chronicle of the meanderings, false starts (which in retrospect, while sort of embarrassing turned out to be highly instructive), epiphanies, selective apathy (still evolving), wild mood swings, opinions (subject to frequent change), and life lessons of an inveterate dabbler (and her latest dabblings).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Three New Labor[ing] Day Weekend Bracelets

My goal for the holiday weekend was to address the slimness of the bracelet section in my Etsy shop. I managed to create three new bracelets. I stopped getting dressed on Saturday (I think that was also the last time I left the house), only changing my underwear. Once. I think I washed my armpits Sunday. I finally changed out of my pyjamas this morning to go to work. It seemed best.

Here's what I did.

Pewter Salmon Totem Bracelet in Teal Quartz and Carnelian.
Teal-dyed quartz, moss agate, carnelian and faceted red agate are joined with 20 gauge sterling wire, accented with my hand-formed nickel beadcaps, and attached to a pewter salmon totem from Happy Mango Beads. More moss agate and carnelian are attached to the links with jump rings (I couldn't help myself. Those carnelian are like bon bons, and I must have been a testicle in a former life because I'm addicted to dangling). I was pleased with how the toggle clasp turned out, I think wrapping it made it more of an element in the design.
Pewter Salmon Totem Bracelet in Teal Quartz and Carnelian.
Then I recycled a pendant design into a bracelet design.
"Yucatan" Bracelet in Chrysocolla, Turquoise, Brass and Wood
I like to call it "Reinventing My Wheel and Pretending It's New." I don't feel bad because I invented this wheel. I call it "Yucatan," because it makes me think of some artistic Pre-Columbian kingdom. The Maya, I guess that would be. The chrysocolla is like...potato chips. I had to add...just...one...more. Love it with the brass. It's the most unearthly color, I just love it. I got these fat little roundels locally. These are my favorite wood wheels from Beads and Pieces (temporarily out of stock!!! OMG, somebody pass the Xanax and Chardonnay). This is the last brass toggle clasp of this sort that I have and I cannot for the life of me remember where I got it. I think I got it from Dry Gulch Beads but they don't have them anymore. :-( If anyone has found these anywhere else, please let me know. They remind me of old portholes. Or machine parts. There's a little African turquoise roundel on there too, and a couple moss agate.

Finally, I did this vaguely floral number.
These are, I think, commercial lampwork beads from Bead Outlet on Etsy. I've combined them with Rainbow Soochow jade in deep peony colors, a little ivory bone bead from Happy Mango, and more of those OUT OF STOCK wood wheels from B&P. My hammered beadcaps hopefully keep it just this side of frou-frou. I didn't have any suitable antiqued brass charms so I made my own heart charm out of wire. There's some garnets on there, some smaller Soochow jade in bubble gum colors and a little fancy jasper roundel in an antique rose color. I like to think of this as a fusion design--Woodsy Victorian Gipsy. Perhaps a Roma living in the Black Forest in about 1880.

I did some earrings too but I haven't photographed them yet so you'll have to wait. I was hoping to do more but I just couldn't go any faster. Next time I'll skip the underwear change and the pit-washing and maybe I'll get in another pair of earrings.


  1. Sounds like you had a great weekend. Lovely bracelets!

  2. I'm so glad you didn't waste time with a shower- I just love these bracelets!

  3. Those weekends are the best! LOL. Then you feel entirely refreshed for the new week!

    Your new designs are stunning!

  4. Yeah. How dare you think of personal hygiene when there is jaw-dropping loveliness to create!

    I am not a pink sort of gal, but I do love that one. It isn't at all frou-frou and I would totally rock it. I might have to buy a new cranberry colored top to go with it. Or just spill my merlot on my white and call it good.

    Loving them all!
    Enjoy the day!

  5. hey gorgeous! am liking these creations.....a LOT! Pink/wood is my fav! ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  6. I guess you should live in your PJ's more often if this is the result! I love all three bracelets. Great stones and your metalwork is to die for as always!

  7. LOVE those pieces. And I adore Beads and Pieces, too. For brass -- have you checked http://davabeadwholesale.com/

  8. Just catching up w/ your blog and I was not disapointed! ;o) "It seemed best." had me rolling! :o)

    Love the turquoise one AND the pink one! :o)