Last month, August, I was in Stourbridge at the Bonded Warehouse with Lesley and Caroline, both from the Art Elements team and we did a bit of a swop during the quiet times at the bead fair – it was a bit more quiet than we would have liked but I think that is maybe a sign of how fairs are going here in the UK. What better to do with our time than peruse the stalls of our fellow Art Elements members.
Now, I am not a skull person, persay, but my daughter is, 5ft petite blonde who is very girlie in her dress sense loves to wear a bit of skull art so when I saw this bracelet connector and Lesley had explained to me what it was and how it works – I am not a jewellery designer, I leave that to the experts – I swopped some of my pieces for some of hers and this connector was one of them.
It is a delicious blend of neutral colours, something else that isn’t something I am comfortable working with, I prefer my colours to be bold and garish and usually in a cute and whimsical animal sculpture form, but I really liked this piece, something about it appealed to me and of course I knew to whom it would be given.
See what I mean about girlie? check out those nails!! Wish I had the confidence to wear nails like that, but then I do the washing up, the dog walking, the cleaning of the toilet….. oh to be 21 and still living at home… I digress.
I went though my rather limited stash of ‘other’ beads, most of them have been given to me by generous people destashing and I did partake in a couple of the Blog Spot Bead Swop things and my last partner was so generous with her swop that I had all sorts of beautiful gemstones including these gorgeous agate round beads that just brought out the darker lines of the bracelet connector. I added some soft toned seed beads and with my limited knowledge of bead weaving I set about threading it all together. My first try was to have a two strand affair with the seed beads being on their own but when my daughter tried it on it was too big – she is very petite – and she did say she didn’t like the ‘hanging’ down effect of the two strands so I re-threaded it this way and she liked it. I forget what the smaller gem stone beads are but they complimented the terracotta colours in the connector and with a silver plated lobster clasp it was finished. I am rather pleased to say she loved it!
Lesley has lots of beautiful pieces in her shop and as luck would have it she is having a shop update this weekend – September 9th – so click HERE to take you to the shop to have a browse.