January 22, 2010

Vintage Style Lacy Bracelet

How I wish that the nice way new year 2010 started would continue. The past few weeks have been so stressful for me. I have some unpleasant family and financial businesses I'm dealing with for quite a long time now, among other 'real life' regular stuff (two teenagers at home, to give you an idea of "regular"...;) , and this seem to take out a lot of energy from me. I try to find my mind & soul some rest by bead weaving, but this also doesn't work for me as it usually does. This reminds me of the say "muses are silent when the cannons are roaring"... I wish this period is over soon so I will be able to get back to my routine and concentrate more in my work.

I started working on this simple bracelet 4 days ago and it took me more than 10 hours to finish, would you believe it? I couldn't concentrate, kept mistaking the order of beads and couldn't complete one single row without unpicking it several times. Really annoying. If it wasn't my love for playing with different sizes, shapes and colors of beads in order to create texture in my work, I would have given up after just a few rows... I'm now glad I didn't because I love it!

I used one of Claspgarten clasps again - a gorgeous, sparkly, multi-strand rhodium plated clasp with Swarovski crystals set in it, and it fitted the bracelet's size perfectly. That was a relief - no need to struggle.. :)

I also used the same beads for this matching small pendant.

Let's hope the weekend will be peaceful, pleasant and fruitful! :)

January 02, 2010

"Slides" Bracelet in B&B Magazine

Wishing You a Very Happy, Joyful Creative and Prosperous New Year!!

What a nice way to start new year 2010! Yesterday I received my contributor's copy of Jan-Feb 2010 issue of Bead & Button magazine. My "Slides" (Layered Loops) bracelet project is published in it.

I have to thank editor Anna Elizabeth Draeger for simplifying the steps for attaching the clasp to the bracelet. Thank you, Anna, it was a pleasure working with you!