Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Quick Jade

Jade Three Strand Bracelet

This week I needed a bracelet project that I could finish and photograph in the same day - something quick and simple. Ironically, the piece that I chose to make used a large assortment of beads, which made my work space look a lot more complicated than the actual bracelet-to-be.

I decided to go with an easy three strand bracelet, and what better place to start than with an Egyptian hieroglyph bead? I’ve already done one with orange, so I decided to create its mate in jade green. Although the opportunity to find another new palette for these hieroglyph beads was tempting, I couldn’t resist using some of the same beads from my jade necklace. I really loved the combination of olive greens with turquoise and topaz.

Unfortunately, I had used up all of my green Swarovski bicones for the necklace, so I had to make a few adjustments to the palette for the bracelet. Once I got going, I found all kinds of fun things to add, and ended up with a very different look. The bracelet has a much softer mood to it - a bit more playful.

Do you like to use the same palettes over many projects?

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  1. Gorgeous piece! I love the olive green with turquoise and topaz, too.

    I definitely use the same color palettes for different projects.

  2. Love the colors! Would be such a fun bracelet to wear!

  3. What a beautiful bracelet, Morti - love the colors! Has to be fun to wear :)

  4. Love this piece. Very free spirited.

  5. I enjoy your blog so much and as a new beader, I do find it inspirational. I'm catching up on your past posts a little at a time, but I do have a question that I haven't found the answer to yet. There are materials you don't use, such as metal and other natural materials. I also just saw that you don't like to use beads from China. Why is that? Thank you very much for sharing all your ideas.

  6. Hi Evelyne, and thank you for your question!

    I try to choose materials that are fairly traded, made in safe conditions, and that have a lesser effect on our environment. Although few beading supplies are absolutely perfect in these categories, I like to stick to renewable materials such as glass, from companies that have good reputations for quality.


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