Friday, May 18, 2012

Kristi Bowman's End Cap Blog Hop!

It's time for the reveal of our creation using the handmade copper end caps made by Kristi Bowman!  Each component is handmade, individually molded, shaped, carved and fired.  All of her components - whether made in copper or silver - beautiful!  I love each and every one!  You can visit her esty shop here.  

She recently selected a group of designer's to receive a set of her newest components - the end cap.  I was not lucky enough for "Random Org" to choose my name, but I had to have them anyway!  I was so excited to receive mine in the mail - I knew exactly what I was going to design and completed it the same day!  Without further ado....

I made a multi-strand bracelet in the Pantone colors!  These dreamy tango-tangerine and turquoise lampwork beads are made by GlassBeadArt - you can find her shop here.  These beads came all the way from Lithuania!   I actually won some of her beads and am now a now a fan of hers forever! 

I combined the lampwork with turquoise seed beads, a mix of tangerine seed beads, and a pure copper bead.   Look at the gorgeous colors on those end caps - they are absolutely PERFECT for a multi-strand bracelet or necklace! 

I used heavy gauge pure copper wire for the eye-pins, and made a simple clasp.  I torched the wire first, to try to mimic the colors of the bead caps, then coated the wire with Renaissance Wax to protect the finish.  I love these end caps so much that I just ordered and received a second set!

My niece - who just got married on May 12 - is on her honeymoon in Jamaica, as I write this post.  One of Rachel's evening dresses is a gorgeous tangerine color, so naturally, I gave this bracelet to her.  But, I went ahead and made a matching necklace and a pair of earrings, as well...because, well, that is what Aunt's are for.....

Thanks for letting me join in the fun, Kristi!  Please be sure to visit all of the participants! 

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