Posts Tagged ‘charm 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.

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…”