This comes from Jessica Colaluca's
The palette was assigned to me by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry and the blog "Treasures Found: Inspiration is Everywhere," who organized the event...or should we say "Challenge"...for a challenge it turned out to be!
Phase I--Weeks 1-3:
When I received the colors and photo inspiration several weeks ago, I immediately knew what I wanted to make--a bracelet with assorted beads hanging like charms from links in the colors of my pallet. It might not sound terribly original, but I had not made a piece like this, and wanted to give it a try. I began by gathering up beads I had in my collection in the colors I wanted to use, then working, whenever I had a moment or two, on the small charm-like beads.
All right, so yes, those ARE a whole lot of small beads to wrap. And you may wonder, why so many photos of THESE? Because in my estimation, this was the best part of my project. After this, things started to "fly the coop" a bit, so to speak!
Phase II--Last day!
My time flies! Okay, so I didn't really wait until the last day to decide what I was going to do. I had it all planned out. I had seen it done before and knew exactly what I was going to do.
First, a look at a few more pieces of the bracelet:
|The front center bead attached to brass chain. |
I'm still thinking it's going to
come together nicely at this stage.
I planned on making a couple of these
for the sides of the bracelet,
but this one seemed too large and bulky for that purpose,
so I decided to make it part of the clasp.
|Finally, my "masterpiece,"|
the item that would tie together the photo
and color theme of my assigned "nested blues."
I didn't make the idea up of a bead and wire
"nest and eggs," I just borrowed it.
|Now about that....|
Isn't it cute as a button!?
I thought so. I even thought I was
1/2 a genius for using a button as a base for the piece!