Today’s bracelet was inspired by my dear friend Gillian, and her exquisite taste. On a recent visit she spotted my collection, lying strewn about on a tray, and sat down to have a play. In no time at all she had teased together a design that contained every one of my sparkle beads! I never think to use just one design category of my beads in this way, and immediately thought that I must give it a try….
The designs with metallic sparkle are among my favorites in the collection… I think I first picked out a “Blue Desert” for myself… but Brown and Pink followed soon after… and of course since Spring of 2014 there are so many gorgeous, sparkling designs from which to choose. In addition, there are the various designs that include gold or silver leaf – silver mountain and Golden Cave are fixtures on most of my bracelet designs.
When creating today’s design I started by centering a focal bead by Trollbeads designer, Scot Bouwens. This big, beautiful bead is one that I most often use on a Fantasy Necklace, but this bracelet concept is custom made for it! I framed it with a pair of “Blue Deserts” that display the phenomenal range of expression that is be found in this design.
Clockwise from clasp: “Sterling Double Lobster Lock” (retired Format), “Unique Glass”, “Plait” (retired), “Pink Desert”, “Bead of Fortune”, “Blue Desert”, “Tupilak” (retired), “Golden Cave”, “Spot” (retired), “Blue Desert”, “Artisan Bead by Scot Bouwens”, “Blue Desert”, “Shortcut” (retired), “Brown Desert” (retired), “Frogs” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Neither Fish Nor Bird” (retired), “Blue Desert”, “Art Deco” (retired), “Golden Cave”.
Thanks for the inspiration, Gil!