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A Turquoise Bracelet

A Turquoise Bracelet

I have wanted to do a bracelet for a while. To be honest I held back from making one because I thought the project would be too big for me. But rings and bracelets are probably the two types of accessories I tend to use the most so I said to myself that when I find a picture or a stone that I would like as a centerpiece, I would make myself a bracelet.

A Turquoise Bracelet

A while later while skimming through some art magazine, I came across the works of Spanish artist Fernando Vicente. I knew immediately that I had found what I was looking for to use in my bracelet. Going through Vicente’s work, I was amazed at what I saw. His anatomy paintings are just ingenious and I had a hard time choosing which image to use as my focal image. They are just all so beautiful and to make it even better they are already drawn inside a circle, which means no cropping!!!

A Turquoise Bracelet

I settled for this image, which is called “Presentimiento” from his “Vanitas” collection. I like that the work is somewhat eerie but it still looks so beautiful.I made the cabochon and did a simple bezel around it. I used some of the beautiful turquoise seed beads but since I didn’t have enough for all three components I was making I had to alternate it with the green faceted beads from the bead gallery, which was lucky because it added a lot of sparkle.

A Turquoise Bracelet

The focal points in the two side components are from these stud earrings that I just cut the backs off. I used the same design that I had done to go around the element to make the piece cohesive.

A Turquoise Bracelet

After that I had to figure out how to connect all the pieces together. I wanted a three-strand bracelet but the spacer and the clasp that I had on hand had 5 holes in them so I just had to make the adjustments to be able to use the pieces I had. After everything was connected together I did a picot edge around all the three pieces so that they would have a nicely finished edge.

A Turquoise Bracelet

LIST OF MATERIALS USED

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An Unfinished Piece

goldstone beading

This past winter when I started doing my bead embroidery, my main aim was to make loads and loads of beaded gloves and sell them on Etsy. The thing was that I started beading in February and we had quite a lukewarm winter this year (which I totally appreciated btw). So I just never got around to making that many gloves except for the ones that I made for family, my friends and me. But I did make a few different shaped patches for gloves, which I never got around to sewing on. These pieces have been hanging around in my unfinished beadwork stash, which isn’t that big of a stash. As I said in my other posts I really don’t like to leave things unfinished!

A couple of days ago when I was sorting through my beadworks I came upon this piece and I started thinking of things to do with them to finish it off. Here is what it looks like at the moment:

goldstone beading

goldstone beading

I used a blue goldstone cabochon and a large faceted rondelle as my focus beads and just went around beading rows around them .for a little bit more interest and sparkle (which is oh so important) I used some hotfix Swarovski crystals as well.

goldstone beading

I made this embroidery specifically to go on gloves so I made a pair. But now since it is summertime and I still have not finished these pieces off I was thinking these could look great as a pair of earrings! They have that hanging shape that earrings have and seem to be of the right length so at this moment that’s the direction I am leaning towards.

I will update this post when the work is completed

goldstone beading

List of materials used

 

•                HEMATITE GREY METALLIC SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0

•                SILVER SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0

•                OPAQUE BLACK SEED BEADS SIZE 15/0

•                2×3 SILVER PLATED RONDELLE GLASS BEADS BY BEAD GALLERY

•                25×18 BLUE GOLDSTONE CABOCHON

•                10MM JET FACETED RONDELLE BEAD

•                SS20 SWAROVSKI HOTFIX CRYSTAL AB

•                SILVER-LINED GREY DELICA BEADS SIZE 15/0

•                WILDFIRE THREAD

•                LACY’S STIFF STUFF

•                E-600 GLUE

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