Today’s bracelet is a blend of beads that belong to one of our clients and beads from Tartooful’s stock… the challenge today was to create a design that utilized her collection of pale blue beads in a fresh new way. She previously had these beads blended with aurora series pinks, but was in the mood for a change. With a busy life and many balls to
keep in the air, I thought this lady could use something calm, beautiful, and meditative. A dose of serene greys and meaningful silvers seemed just the thing to lend a peaceful air to her cerulean blues. I knew right away I wanted to include “This too
Shall Pass”… a wonderful reminder to cherish the moment we are in. The new “African Tortoise” is to encourage patience – both with daily frustrations, and with ourselves. I love the detailing on this new, classic series of silver designs. Just look at the texture on the shell, the sleepy eyes, and his little toes…
I selected the Swan for a few reasons… firstly, it is a lovely balance for the size and weight of the Tortoise. I also liked the idea that it seems so feminine, serene and yet powerful. It’s a state of being to which I aspire. Lastly, I can
imagine the swan carelessly shaking drops of water off its broad, white feathers… and I’m going to channel that image to aid in managing stress gracefully. With light blue and cool grey this bracelet might have felt cold – but I wanted a comforting mood – so I added a couple of touches of warm gold, adding a glint of sunshine to the design.
The hint of gold comes from “Honey Dawn” and “Scirocco”… not a lot – not enough to change the whole palette – just enough to hint at warmth. The “keystone” bead on this design, however, is this stunning example of a “Fossils”. This particular one is a warm greenish grey with lots of lilac purple and silver, accented with points of black. It almost singlehandedly transforms this bracelet into a sophisticated and serene composition. Isn’t it amazing the difference that just one bead can make?
“Freya Lock”, “Turquoise Prism”, “Small & Beautiful Unique”, “This too”, “Unique”, “Honey Dawn”, “Blue desert”, “Traces”, “Swan”, “Blue Moonstone”, “Fossils”, “Unique”, “African Tortoise”, “Chalcedony”, “Blue Desert”, “Scirocco”, “unique”, “Three in One”, “Unique”, “Grey Prism”.