I am done making a batch of these beads, that is! The picture below is what is left after I made a bracelet.
Making this bracelet has given me new meaning to the words "One of A Kind". This is due to the multiple-step process in creating each of the beads, which translates to I will probably not be making another one! :) Kidding!
In all seriousness, it involved so many different metalsmithing techniques for each step in the process. It feels WONDERFUL on the wrist - substantial but not weighty. When I was wrapping the bracelet together, I toyed with the idea of connecting each beaded link without a jump ring. But, given that beads are 3/4" in length, they move better on the wrist with a jump ring between each link, so I just doubled up on the jump rings.
I made two sets of these beads without the "toppers". We are working on a Fiber Boot Camp at Love My Art Jewelry and I am trying to complete a project by next Monday, using these beads with the fiber...wish me luck, as I so very rarely use any fiber in my work.
In between steps for those beads, I also made a pair of earrings. These feature heat rivets at the bottom of the wires.
These are so darn lightweight - but long - 3 1/4". The pearls have a wonderful rainbow opalescence, and dare I say it, these are sexy earrings! Swingers!
Totally unrelated to this blog post, my Monday Post at Love My Art Jewelry was hijacked and posted on another site - including the links, but my name was suddenly gone. This type of stealing has become, unfortunately, quite common in this day and age. So, I am now adding what may appear as weird bi-lines and footnotes to my own personal blog, in the off chance this happens "here" as well.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by today, and I so very much appreciate your comments!
This blog post was written by Patti Vanderbloemen for her own personal blog, My Addictions Handcrafted Jewelry by Patti. If you are reading this on another site, it has been copied and used without permission of the author or blog owner.