A few weeks ago, I picked up a new book by Irina Miech, Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders. While I’ve wanted it for a while, I felt better about the fact that I waited for just the perfect, large coupon from the bookstore to get it. Don’t we all love a bargain? The book is full of great ideas and I must admit that as with most of my design library, I’ve mainly just looked at the pictures. Last night, however, after a very long day that started pre-dawn, my brain was tired and I decided to actually follow a pattern. If you’ve read my posts previously, you know this is not my forte. A few hours later I had a new bracelet. Did it look like the one in the book? NO. Did it have to look like the one in the book? NO! The piece in the book was made with pearls and smaller stones than what I created. My bracelet was pot luck. I made it from the extra beads that lay upon my bead board. Several times during the process I thought I might need to turn back and actually plan, but I trudged on.
When I finished last night, I thought the bracelet was pretty gaudy; but this morning it looks a bit better. Albeit, I would not want my wired friends to inspect the quality of the work; it is simply a prototype of bracelets to come. I think with a lighter gauge wire and somewhat smaller beads, this might work. This cuff does not need a clasp as you can see from the second photo.
Pot lucks at social functions are usually quite popular. Let’s just hope that once this bracelet is perfected, it too will be something people will want.