Monday, September 1, 2014

Thanks to Susan Kennedy, I have the Blues...

Blue beads, that is!  Remember these gorgeous blue beads I ordered from Sue Kennedy of SueBeads?

I finished making my bracelets to be donated to Global Genes/7000 Bracelets for Hope.

The bracelet above features gorgeous beads with an ombre effect - I really love this look!

All of the bracelets are adjustable, with either a lobster clasp, or handmade chain and a toggle.

Ombre again - swoon! :)

The mottled blue in the beads above is so romantic!

Sue made two sets of beads (above and below) with the same gorgeous hues of blue, but one set had round beads, and one set had square beads.  I simply split them up.

The bracelet above was made with heavy gauge, square copper wire that I first twisted.  I try to put a little charm on each bracelet, i.e., hope, believe, etc.  I did not have any copper charms, so I made a tiny disc of copper and stamped it with the word HOPE, then slightly domed the disc.

Several bracelets have mixed metals - a look that I have grown to absolutely adore.

In addition to my favorite blue beads in the bunch (gorgeous swirls of blue and white that remind me of the sky), I added my handmade copper hollow bead to the bracelet above.

The last bracelet, above, was made with red brass.  It takes a liver of sulfur patina quite nicely, unlike "regular" yellow brass.

Thank you again to Sue Kennedy - who made magic with the words "please make me 10 sets of blue beads and use your imagination"!  Never fails!  You can visit Sue's shop on Etsy here .  She also has a website with a HUGE portfolio of gorgeous beads that she will custom make just for YOU - visit her website here.

I noticed that the Global Genes/7000 Bracelets for Hope Blog has not been updated in over a year.  So, I wrote them and asked if they were still taking donations - and they are!  If you would like to send a bracelet or two to be worn by a patient or Mom of a child who has been stricken with a rare disease, they can be sent to the following at any time:

Amy Grover
Global Genes
28 Argonaut, Suite 150
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Lastly, I am having a little sale in my shop - no coupon required!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend - it was hotter than you-know-what yesterday, and today is not much better - gonna stay in my basement studio until the sun sets!  

Thank you for stopping by!!