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Friday, November 26, 2010

Orange Oak Leaf

I had the pleasure of creating this bracelet for my first ArtBeads.com Design Partners piece.

What that means is that I got to choose beads from ArtBeads extensive collection, free of charge. You would think this was easy but they have SO many things to pick from.
I knew I wanted to make a wire wrapped bracelet as I am on a bracelet kick these days. I knew I wanted a little charm to dangle from the bracelet and I knew I wanted a fall theme because Thanksgiving was coming and fall is my favorite time of year.

I went through the website for days picking just the right elements for my design and here are the items I chose:
A Sterling and Resin 10mm pendant, 
Carved Wood Round 10mm,
Olive Jade Rounds 4mm,
Sterling Silver Corrugated Round Bead 6mm,
16x12mm Brown Tiger's eye Oval Strand,
6mm Indian Silver Star Spacer,
6mm Sterling Silver Flared Star Bead Caps,
Red Adventurine Roundel Strand,
8mm Crystal Copper Swarovski Crystals,
and my favorite piece of all - Sterling Silver 8 Petaled Flower Bead Cap.
I have given you direct links to each item I used or you can just visit ArtBeads.com and search around.

I decided to make the bracelet 2 strands and I wire wrapped each bead segment, I used the sterling silver corrugated bead to make the loop for the clasp, which I hand forged. I added a couple of beads from my stash to finish the bracelet. The Red Adventurine were the perfect orange but not too orange color. I bent the bead caps around the Tiger's Eye flat oval bead, which worked out really great, love it!
I am thrilled with how this came out. I wish you could see the resin charm in person - it is delicious. The resin is perfect and clear, it gives a slight magnification effect to the leaf design.  I chose to do a mix of Vintaj and Sterling Silver elements because I just love the antique bronze wire with silver, it makes the silver really pop.

I loved Artbeads.com packaging, each item was in it's own labeled ziptop baggie. I liked that because I don't always get to label my items right away and now I won't have to because it says on it what the item is, the size and where it came from. 

Thanks for checking out my blog today, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a wonderful weekend! ~Shannon


Some Necessary Legal Stuff: I received these products free of charge from Artbeads.com and I have been asked to honestly review them ...positive or negative.  I am not being compensated by Artbeads.com for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed. The products I received free of charge: Sterling and Resin 10mm Pendant, Carved Wood Round 10mm, Olive Jade Rounds 4mm, Sterling Silver Corrugated Round Bead 6mm, 16x12mm Brown Tiger's Eye Oval Strand, 6mm Indian Silver Star Spacer, 6mm Sterling Silver Flared Star Bead Caps, Red Adventurine Roundel Strand, 8mm Crystal Copper Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver 8 Petaled Flower Bead Cap.

3 comments:

indigo heart said...

this is a gorgeous piece! how fun to go "shopping" for the perfect ingredients. lucky you;).

Wireworked said...

Shannon, Thanks for stopping by my blog! If you get the chance to take Stephanie's workshop it is well worth it. Your jewelry is beautiful and I love the bracelet you created for ArtBeads.com.

Beatnheart said...

Hi Shannon, Thank you so much for becoming a follower to my blog. You are now officially entered in my GIVEAWAY....best of luck to you ...