March 28, 2014

I could use your help



It was a really good start to the first day back in the studio after a short hiatus. This was the first bracelet I crafted. Had almost the whole thing together, and had to take it all apart. I really really REALLY hate doing things twice, but the leather rivet  was upside down and the flower was right side up. Didn't realize it of course, until the whole thing was knotted. Not only that but I realized I had forgotten to tie overhand knots on one side of one of the red Glass ovals. This was before I decided to use the pewter spacers between each of the oval beads. At the start, I was going to leave it as just linen cording. I am glad I changed my mind.


As soon as I pulled out that Scattered Light flower from my stash that has literally been hidden away for several YEARS, I knew I was going to regret it. But after that long, you sometimes just HAVE to pull out that ONE GREAT COMPONENT because it's the only thing that will work for a design.

The glass ovals have 2 holes, that line up perfectly with the links on the back of the flower. There can't be a more perfect component out there, or can there be??


As soon as it was all together, I got that feeling. You know the feeling, don't you? That tingle in your gut that tells you, Yep, you done good. I just knew this was a successful design. I was confident with it. Thrilled with it really.  And I immediately wanted to make more of them.

But that DAMNED flower. This was the only one I had.  And so I decided to keep this one. And see if I can hunt down either another flower component like this one. Or something that would be comparable and work in the same way.


Here is a photo of the backside of the flower. The loops are at the top and bottom and cord goes through them horizontally. This is key for this design.

I need your help! If you could help me find a component, preferably something Floral that has these 2 links on the backside, lined up in this same way to accommodate the cording, I would be able to recreate this design again.  I know so many great and talented metal clay artists out there, is this something you could create for me??

Keep your eyes peeled, and holler if you find something!



10 comments:

  1. Cathy P3/28/2014

    How about this Ezel Findings flower - http://www.limabeads.com/Ezel-Findings-Antique-Copper-Flower-Link-19x21mm-P14628 - I know it is not the same color but it has the links like you need them.

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    1. WOW! that was fast, that could Definitely work!! thank you Cathy P!

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  2. I can try something in bronze for you ...what size is it..?

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    1. Oh great Lesley! It's an inch in diameter. I probably wouldn't want it to be much larger than that.

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  3. Love it! You are so talented. I am new to beading and will have my first class on Saturday. Your creations have inspired me and I am excited to dive into the beading and jewelry making world.

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  4. Mobile Boutique online carries a ton of slider beads with 2 holes or loops. They do have a whole section of florals: http://www.mobile-boutique.com/floral2holesliderbeads.aspx

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  5. I love the bracelet! It is great when things come together.

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  6. Jeryl Swanson4/04/2014

    I love this bracelet, I would buy it in a heartbeat!

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  7. Love, love, love that bracelet. I especially love that you used leather as part of the design. It's striking and I would love to wear it. Again, what a talent you have.

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