Today’s bracelet is a re-imagining of one of my semi permanent designs… I say “semi” because if there is one thing this Challenge has taught me, it’s that no design in my bead box is entirely sacred. However, my deep teal blues and golden amber and stones have drifted back together countless times, and it’s one of the palettes that I like to be able to reach for several times a week – so it’s definitely a fixture.
Today I decided to rework that design and take inspiration from the navy glitter and white longevity symbol bead shown above. It’s a favorite bead, and one that I feel is a little lost on the teal and gold design.
I centred the Longevity, and then worked my way out, focusing on teal, deep blue and white. I used the same array of silvers as before, as they are satisfyingly heavy and subtstantial, without taking up too much length of the bracelet chain. I was pleased to see how much more prominent my blue and white Kimono beads are in this revised design…
The deep dark navy “Blue Desert” shown above is so very glittery that it almost reads as copper! I couldn’t resist its charms, so I thought I’d better put one other deep blue and warm toned bead on the opposite side, just to provide balance and make sure it didn’t look mismatched with the other cooler beads. I used this Azure Bubbles – which I
normally “read” as purple and vicuna – but somehow I think it works in this application. Finally, I tapered both the glass and silvers, trying to place the larger beads closer to the middle of the design, and popping the tiniest “Small & Beautiful” glass right at the very end.
Clockwise from clasp: “Sterling Double Lobster Clasp” (retired format), “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”, “Limited Edition Auspicious” (World Tour Series Hong Kong), “Unique Glass”, “Blue Desert”, “Jugend”, “Sapphire”, “Limited Edition Kimono Series”, “Azure Bubbles”, “paradise Birds”, “Labradorite”, “Unique Glass”, “Artisan Labradorite”, “Rolling Troll”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Limited Edition Kimono Series”, “Labradorite”, “Carved Flowers”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac – Rooster”, “Unique Glass”. Artisan Labradorite Tassel by Melanie Matthews.