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I’ve got lots of turquoise beads, so most of the bracelets I’ve recently made includes some. It’s a great stone to work with, because there are very few other stones that don’t go with it. Most green, red, blue, brown and yellow do anyway. I’m experimenting with wire wrapping beads to use them as a focal piece. Also, trying to include some handmade hammered clasps and other elements every now and then.
The bracelets are available in my Etsy shop.
Remember the beads from my previous post? I decided to use them in a bracelet after all. I had some beautiful raw amber beads and various matching jasper and turquoise pieces and I like this colour combination.
The second one took me a major part of a day, because I had an idea, which proved to be poor, then I had to redesign the whole piece, make another wire wrapped element and attach it. What I used was dichroic glass cabs, artisan lampwork glass beads and various metal elements.
I’ve used most of the bead pairs for earrings and I’m left with lots of beads that don’t exactly qualify for earrings (same colour but different size, same size but different pattern etc), so I decided to use them for beaded bracelets and made three so far. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to use up all my stash this way.
Bracelets are available in my Etsy shop.
The next step from buying handmade lampwork beads in bulk, is buying artistic glass beads and cabs from self-representing glass artists. They are usually higher quality than the commercially manufactured supplies, and unlike them, are absolutely unique (this is me
showing the middle finger wondering how to protect myself from plagiarism, which unfortunately happened just recently). I’ve recently purchased some beautiful pieces from other artists on Etsy.
I’ve got some interesting fused/dichroic glass cabs from ForThePeople (USA). I posted a photo of them a few days back. Two pendants that I’ve already made didn’t take very much time to complete, just slightly longer than my usual bead-based pendants. The yellow one is odd, because the design is victorian goth inspired, but the yellow cab is more high tech goth, than victorian goth (not sure if goth people wear yellow). Hopefully someone will like it. The other one is also weird, because I can’t really tell what colour it is. The base is brownish red, but it looks mostly black when wrapped in wire, and the metallic decorations on the top are multi-colour. I also wasn’t sure what wire would be the best for it, so I went with neutral silver.
Antonija Gospić (Glassilicious) from Zadar, Croatia, whom I know from deviantArt (and she’s one of those talented people who inspired me to take up wire wrapping) also designs awesome glass beads. I’ve got some glass donuts from her shop, and wrapped two of them in copper wire (partially hammered):
I’ve also got ten fused glass cabs (slightly different in style, in general, than the other ones) from an Irish glass artist Mollie Barrow; made one pendant so far, but it took me half a day to complete it. The cab is gorgeous warm purple shade.
I’m particularly proud of these somewhat ethnic looking earrings, and they took a long time to make. Shaping the wire, hammering, wrapping, hammering again… The stones used here are labradorite, lapis lazuli, natural moonstone and onyx. Just one color and the rest is neutral. Well, except the copper, of course.