Sunday, September 6, 2009

Kiss Me


~sigh~ It's done. My art-inspired cuff bracelet. After agonizing over the design and then construction, I never thought I would be happy with the results. But I am. Thanks to Artbeads.com, I had just what I needed to pull it all together.

I knew I wanted the left side of the cuff to represent the man's cloak using rectangular shapes and the woman's side to be circular shapes, like her dress. I also wanted to incorporate the bed of flowers that lie at their feet.

Artbeads.com stocks these awesome Swarovski flatback baquettes and rhinestones. Not only were those perfect for my cuff, I also found these adorable Swarovski margarita beads that are the perfect little faceted flower! I couldn't believe it -- I found the rectangles, circles, and flowers all in one place.


Then to edge the entire cuff I used Swarovski pearls in black. Although these beads are very lovely, I was surprised to see that on every bead, the one hole was rough, I'm assuming from whatever coating is put on them. But I just made sure the 'rough' side was against the edge, and it wasn't a problem.


The two Swarovski hearts (also from Artbeads) that dangle off the closure were actually left over from the supplies I used for my parent's 50th anniversary picture frames. I think they are perfect on this piece. The vintage glass button is one from my stash. It's really cute - though hard to see in this picture.
The sparkle of the Swarovski elements are so beautiful. I wish you could see it in person! I would highly recommend using Swarovski elements whenever you need a little glitz. (I hear that Artbeads.com has a Labor Day promotion if you sign up for their newsletter, you get a coupon worth 20% off a $60+ order. Sweet. But act fast if you are interested - the promotion will be over on Tuesday at 9 a.m. They carry over 5,000 Swarovski items!!)

Now that I have Poppy and my Kiss Cuff completed, it's back to my Life Box! It's been neglected for way too long.

5 comments:

dochoamom said...

Another winner Lynn... i love the idea of a man side and woman side... love the colors you have chosen too..

Hope your weekend is going well...

Love, Deb

Carol said...

This is a lovely piece Lynn. Very different elements than you usually see in a cuff. I too, like the idea of a man/woman side.
Carol

Tracey N. said...

Wow Lynn this is gorgeous. I love that focal piece and your color choices are spot on. I have yet to do a cuff bracelet but your beauties are making me want to try one! Happy Labor day! Hugs!

Penny said...

Incredible! This is a real treasure.

Pursuing Art... said...

I wish I could see it in person too...it is gorgeous! I adore 'The Kiss' pendant and how you split the sides with the different shapes and adorned it with the flowers too. You did a beautiful job...what a treasure. I can imagine how lovely and sparkly it really is! There is nothing like Swarovski crystals for pure sparkle!!!

Looking forward to seeing your progress on your Life Box. ~Lisa