Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Unexpected

Bold Button Wrap Bracelet

Have you ever wished that you could make time stop, so that you could get a little more work done? That’s a little how I felt over the week of Christmas, as so many different deadlines and obligations closed in. Not only is it the busiest work week of the year, but I was spending most of my free time rushing to finish a handmade Christmas gift. So I needed a bracelet project that I could finish in one sitting, and check one more task off the list.

One of the quickest stitches to work is St. Petersburg chain, so I decided to take this opportunity to use a few more of my new 8/0 seed beads, and whip up a quick wrist wrap. Instead of making a complicated pattern or palette, I chose simple black and turquoise. Even though the design and colors look fairly ordinary, they seem to make a big impact together.

As I was stitching the first row, and looking forward to the end of the project, a little light bulb came on. What if the button were completely different from the rest of the bracelet? It would certainly be new and interesting, but I also hoped that it might lend a bit of mod-podge flair. Plus adding a contrasting button would give the bracelet an unexpected and welcome focal.

It was a little tough choosing colors for the button. I definitely wanted red or green - but not both. I finally decided on white lined peridot with a brown horn druk base, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I look forward to testing out more combinations of contrasting button colors in the New Year!

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  1. Gorgeous! I think that the contrasting button color works really well.

  2. What a great idea! Actually, I've always thought your button closures were very decorative.

  3. Thanks, ladies! I can't wait to try out other combinations. I love the pairing of a quick project with lots of palette possibilities.

  4. I found your blog this year and have really enjoyed seeing your bracelets. Thanks for sharing and for giving me inspiration. :) Best wishes in the new year.


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