30 March 2013

It's TIME!!!!!! :)

The ingredients were gathered, the spices were added, the soup simmered, and now it's time to serve!!!!!  :)  YAY!!!!

Okay, first, I've gotta give love and hugs to our fearless leader, Lori, of the Pretty Things Blog.  I have NO IDEA how she organizes this thing!  But I'm SO GLAD she does!!!  And of course I also have to give big hugs to Robin of Artistry HCBD, my partner.  She sent me a FABULOUS soup (you can find the ingredients here!!)  I had so much fun!!!

So, I recently decided to try learning something new--chainmaille (more on that later!) and really wanted to incorporate that into my designs for this bead soup.  So, here it is!

I decided to make 2 bracelets with my soup, one to use each of the required pieces.  Here they are together:

This is the bracelet where I used the focal--that fabulous striped jasper (you can see it better in the next pic).  I used several of the other beads Robin sent me (SO many left!  Oh, the fun I could have, still!!!) and also added a 2-inch section of European 4-in-1 chainmaille that I learned:
 The focal, some danglies, and what I think might (maybe) be an onyx? I don't know.  I love it...  :)
 And this is the 2nd bracelet, using that beautiful clasp and the GORGEOUS large howlite (I think) round bead Robin sent me! I continued the chainmaille bits with 4 mobius spacers between crystals.
 A better view of that clasp:

I LOVE the mix of beads Robin sent me--SO MANY things I don't usually use.  And, with the exception of the rings I used in the maille and the clasp on the jasper bracelet, EVERY item used in these bracelets was sent to me by Robin!  Normally, I'm a very worrisome designer, making sure that things are matchy-matchy.  Ever since the mismatched earrings I made last year, I've been working on NOT matching.  I really felt the mix of beads Robin sent me allowed me to expand that into bracelet making (normally, crystals would be with crystals, and naturals would be with naturals.  It's just how I was...) and I LOVE that I was able to effectively combine natural stones with glass crystals and have the whole look so wonderful!

BIG thank yous to Robin and Lori, again!  You guys ROCK!

Now, go see what everyone else did!  And remember, this is just the 1st of THREE reveals!  So come back next week to see what some other folk did!  Have fun!

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