I am excited about stringing bracelets with beads. I haven't made too many, so I am excited to work on these. I have gathered quite a few handmade ceramic beads from artists such as Gaea here, Bo Hulley here, Potterygirl1 here , Mary Harding here, Nat at Grubbi here, and Jenny of Eclectic Prairie here. I antiqued some copper wire with Liver of Sulphur. Boy, I love that effect. I also ordered seedbeads, and some waxed linen from Royalwood ltd. So here we go!
Here is a collection of beads that I may put together for a bracelet. The ceramic beads are from Bo, and the lampwork beads are from Sheri of Sheribeads here .
Here is my first attempt. It is a tiny bit big for me, and I need to take off the dangling star (I found it too big a dangle for my liking.) So I will be restringing this one, and saving that gorgeous star for a necklace
I love the colours so much. The ceramic beads are from Bo Hulley. There are also stones and crystals, and my handmade hook. It is strung on waxed Irish linen. So fun to do. With the waxed linen, there is very little expensive silver used, right?
Clasp with balled end: Here is a tip for other novice wire workers - if you can afford to get some Argentium Sterling Silver when it falls in price a bit, try that for balling the ends on your clasps. It makes such a neat, tidy end because the ball forms in the micro-torch so smoothly. Start trying with copper, but it is easy. You will see how the wire starts to wiggle and then comes up into a ball. With Argentium sterling, there is always a smooth ball that looks so beautiful, and no firescale. I understand that there is germanium replacing the copper as the alloy with the silver. A little polish with a cloth, or I polish mine in a tumbler. Then you will have a tarnish-free shiny clasp. Just try to keep your Argentium tools and tumbling stainless steel just for Argentium; you don't want to start adding copper to negate that tarnish free effect. I find that especially so for my filing microfine papers. I can tell the little squares I use for copper, and the ones I use for Argentium.
Shiny silver vs antiqued - I like both looks, but I am finding some people ask more for the shiny version.
Another project collection.
Here is to warmer weather with short sleeves - great for bracelets.