Posts Tagged ‘bracelet’

“Cherry” bracelet

I haven’t been in a creative zone for a while for many reasons, plus it’s hard to get time to make jewellery when you have a 15 month old toddler (and two other children!) – and when the toddler doesn’t sleep, the motivation to spend the evenings making jewellery is even harder!

To ease myself back into creating something, I had a friend with a birthday coming up, and she needed a present! Unfortunately, her dear Mum had not long passed away, but after the funeral, I was honoured to be given a box of her buttons as a gift, many of which were vintage, which I love.

I felt that to make something for my friend using some of the buttons I was given would be a touching and fitting present, so I set about sorting through the stash to see what beautiful buttons I could choose! Firstly I found some larger semi-translucent greeny/turquoise buttons with shanks, and based my design around these. I interspersed these with a mix of pearly rectangular buttons, various silver coloured buttons, and some dark greys.

I was really pleased with how well the bracelet and the colours worked, particularly as I managed to just use her buttons and had no need to raid my own supplies, so knowing the complete bracelet was made entirely using her Mum’s (Cherry’s) buttons made it an even lovelier project to work on.  Note: since the photograph, I did add a couple more buttons near the clasp!

Although I was apprehensive when giving it to her, thankfully she loved it! It was a real honour to do something special that I knew would mean a lot to her.

So here is the “Cherry” bracelet

More photos can be found on my Flickr page.

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“England” charm bracelet.

Quite a while ago, I was given an idea to do something “world cup” themed for the patriotic female English football team supporters. With World Cup season upon us, time to  design & create these has been paramount!

For several months, I toyed with various ideas and themes, and decided to try something feminine, yet substantial. Something that jingled satisfactorily on the wrist when cheering the team on!! In my mind, it needed to be versatile so it could also be worn on a variety of other occasions. I wanted the bracelet to be suitably patriotic but not over-the-top screaming “England” or “football”, and hopefully the finished piece is testament to my ideas!

As I make a lot of bracelets, particularly charm style ones, I decided to go down this route. I have been wanting to break-away a little from buttons and work on more beaded items recently, so this was the first decision I made. I wanted an abundance of beads in the colours of  St. George’s Cross – red and white clustered together. I chose small red and white glass round beads, and round discs. Nestled amongst the bead clusters, I wanted to incorporate something “girly” and feminine also, and managed to get hold of some pretty lozenge-shaped red & white floral glass beads, and some similar smaller round ones. I chose to have four silver-plated “England” flag charms on the bracelet, and as a nod to my button passion, a few little red buttons too! 🙂

The bracelet takes quite a while to make, but is ultimately one of the most enjoyable bracelets I have made to date, purely because it feels so gorgeous to hold (and wear!) – the beads drape naturally and jingle so nicely against the wrist.

I love the fiddly, long-winded (and nail damaging!) process of assembling each of the headpins with the silver-lined crystal seed beads, and watching the bracelet take shape. The finished bracelet weighs approx. 75g, and are approximately 19cm in length, so whilst it is delicate and feminine in many ways, it has weight and strength in it too!

I have sold the first one already on Folksy (pictured), and am hoping some more supplies hurry up soon as I have at least another three more orders! Each one will be very similar to the original,  but ultimately each will be individually handmade, and equally lovely!

The bracelet’s are £18 + p&p, for silver-plated. Sterling Silver available upon request. They come lovingly gift-wrapped and presented in a sturdy gift box. Perfect for giving! 🙂

Woo!

I was featured in a lovely blog today – a treasury of all things orange! It was a great surprise to wake up to, and put a smile on my face first thing, which is a rarity after at least a year’s worth of broken sleep thanks to my youngest son! 😉

The particular piece featured was my “Sunburst” bracelet, which is still for sale HERE on Folksy.

Here is a link to the original blog article 🙂

Thanks Giddystuff! 🙂

Story of a bracelet – “Jardin d’Eliza”

I recently made a bracelet I was proud of. Dare I say, I love pretty much most of the things I photograph and try to sell, if I don’t love it, I don’t sell it. It’s that simple. But, this particular bracelet I was quite captivated by, even when I was making it, I knew it was special. It took quite a while to collate all the right buttons that I felt worked with each other. I have quite a substantial button stash now, but I have particular favourites, some are pretty unusual and have sentimental value due to where they came from…quite a few of my favourite buttons featured in this bracelet.

"Jardin d'Eliza"

I started giving my items “names” or an “identity” of some sorts, as it helped me keep track of what I was making, and I feel it gives each piece a personality or theme. With this bracelet, I couldn’t quite get a name I was happy with, until I sent out a message on Twitter and someone responded. Not just any old someone, a friend who had been through some real personal turmoil in her life, and in particular the last year. Her username inspired me immediately, and looking at the bracelet, it all fitted into place. The colours, the flower, the contrasts between dark, and light… and so “Jardin d’Eliza” – Eliza’s Garden, was “born”. I listed the bracelet for sale on Folksy, and it sold within 40 minutes, and whilst I was happy to have a sale, there is a little part of me that could easily have kept it for myself! I am just happy it’s gone to a very lovely lady who I am sure will love it as much as I do.

“…Eliza looked to the stars on a dark winter night; with the gentle touch of her childrens’ hands intertwined with her fingers, she took gentle steps into springtime and the promise of a warm loving future…”