This is a bracelet that I’m giddy to wear! I love the blend of warm amber and rich turquoise, and there’s just enough pattern to keep it interesting – but not so much that it competes with the brilliant colour. However, the thing I like best about this bracelet is that I am able to make it with my collection of beads.
Allow me to explain…
Last year when I tackled this challenge I found out a few things about myself, my
taste in colour, and my strengths and weaknesses as a Trollie. I also learned a little about the shortcomings of my own collection! We’ve all been there… we’re seduced by a gorgeous glass unique, and knowing that we will never, ever, in a billion years ever find another like it… we snap it up, even though we might know that what we
really need to round things out is a new silver or two, or perhaps a neutral that gives our drama queen uniques a little space to breathe. Last year I discovered that I golden ambers as a neutral, complementary note on tons of great colour
combinations… and that I really needed to add a few more in order to be able to make those combinations work. I also discovered that I liked working with round, well matched silvers, especially on bracelets with a higher proportion of silver to glass, and felt I wanted to acquire a few more of those as well. This bracelet is a perfect example. I have a
bright, turquoise and teal beads – but not so many. When dropped strategically around the bracelet, and mixed in with a generous dollop of silver and amber, this bracelet works perfectly. Last year at this time I wouldn’t have been able to create this full composition. Thanks to my acquisitions over the past year I’m finding it much
easier this year to create some very fun new designs for myself… and lots more designs that I am sure I will want to create again!