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Articulated

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Ah yes, all those bright beaded pieces. Where ever have they gone?

This bracelet is a thank you gift for someone who helped me out a while back.  She has a darker more goth sensibility.  I hope she likes it.

Two different types of purple two-hole crescent beads, mixed with black crescents and bars.  The magnetic clasp is gunmetal.

The bracelet is simple stringing, though you have to be careful to keep the crescent beads properly aligned.  Those curvy little devils like to turn backwards, which I usually don’t discover until I’ve gotten several more beads away.  Who me?  Pay attention?

Cowgirl Up!

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img_4359I had a lot of fun making this bracelet.

It was a chance to use some of the two-hole crescents, as well as other two-holed brick and slice beads that I had acquired.

The stitching is fast and simple, though as always with two-hole shaped beads, one must pay attention lest you have to take things apart because they’re facing the wrong direction.

The colors are very rustic.  The clasp is embossed and magnetic, which makes it an easy-on / easy-off bracelet to wear.

This is the first piece of jewelry I have made that Prince Charming said he would wear, if it didn’t have a heart for a clasp.  I am deeply honored.  That is high praise indeed.

Primavera Firenze

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IMG_4117Not to be outshone by the Medici Rosette the Albizzi family of Florence commissioned their own jewelry.  A necklace to celebrate the spring wedding of their daughter, perhaps?

I have no idea, but the story is intriguing, isn’t it?  A necklace in Spring colors, fit for a merchant princess.

Rosettes of crescent beads and lentils with crackle glass centers.  There’s a hint of fresh peach that shines through from the back.  Each rosette is stitched  to it’s neighbor with another crackle accent creating space, motion and wearing ease.

Cosimo, fetch me a cappuccino!

Medici Rosette

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IMG_3886Catherine or Cosimo

Suitable for either, I think.  Jewelry to start a banking empire.

A chance to use some different beads – two hole crescents and two hole lentils.  The crescents are the new “suede” finish, not shiny but not matte either.  Softly glowing.  There are also 8mm crystals, as well as seed beads tucked underneath.  Seed beads are the workhorses of the beading world.

This necklace is made as components, each rosette is stitched, then the whole is strung together.  The rosettes are ever so subtly offset, which provides more visual interest.