So. I have been sooooo busy. I won't even try to tell you about it. Except you should go look at photos of Ruby Thursday and her mama over at The Beorningstead. They are part of the reason I'm swamped.
School started this week. No tears from anyone.
I was straight out this week with orthopedic appointments, back to school stuff, milking the cow and dealing with the milk , etc... But yesterday, I popped over to Kelly Angeley's blog, where she had a photo of her "Better With Crystals" bracelet, for which she is teaching a class on the West Coast later this fall.
Alas. I live in Upstate NY and have no money so I cannot.
But I was inspired. I didn't have any crystals the right size and only one color with enough 4mm czech polished rounds to make ONE gorgeous bracelet that I think is based on the same Rght Angle weave techniques that Kelly's bracelet is.
Gotta get some more 4mm firepolish beads!
It was a wonderfully satisfying bracelet to make. I got it done in one evening - probably about 4 hours total. It is so rich looking and feels substantial, it is one of my favorites so far.
I love that I found a use for these herringbone drilled pearls that have been sitting around in my studio for 4 years.
I hate that I use almost all of them on this project and have no more left to do similar things with. (Wait - maybe I have some yellow ones. I'll have to go look!)
It was also a very good place for a magnetic clasp. I think anything else would have been too much.
I also opted not to put picots or any other embellishment along the edges of the bracelet. I looked through my stash and found several magatamas that might have done the trick, but everything else just seemed to be acting as competition for the pearls and those great blue cube beads.
This one is in my ArtFire shop. At least for now.