A pet-able bracelet

This design sprang from a basic peyote stitch that needed some … pizzazz. I added a bit of Swarovski crystal and a touch of shiny gold seed beads. And all of a sudden the bracelet became so … pet-able. So alive.

It is 3-dimensional indeed. (Photo: Hinda Mandell)

After I made this gold version I made a shiny blue one for my mom, for Mother’s Day. Good thing she doesn’t read this site!

New peyote stitch design

This weekend was devoted to soaking in some unseasonal rays (sunscreen in March? I’ll take it!) and designing a new style of bracelet. Here’s a peyote stitch with Swarovski fringe. Each bracelet has just over 60 Swarovski sparkles in it.

(Photos: Matthew White)

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, I’m big into bracelet-making. In the winter our necks and wrists are covered and bundled so we have fewer uses for such accessories. But now is the season of jewelry display!

The whole package

Today was a day of “happy packages arriving in the mail.” Or to be a bit more accurate: “Packages that make me happy arriving in the mail.”

Over the weekend I ordered my first ”Gimme Sparkle” branding paraphernalia from the Etsy shop Homegrown Creativity. I just plopped the earrings into the custom-made cards and Voila! Everything’s starting to come together for my first-ever craft show, which I’m doing March 23 at the Rochester Institute of Technology. (Hint, hint, come visit me!)

(Photos: Hinda Mandell)

Next up: I have to figure out pricing for these items. I have ballpark $$$$ in mind but this is the toughest and least enjoyable part. It involves equal parts doubt and mathematical calculations.

Happy Thursday, all!

Completed bracelet

A few days ago I showed a “work in progress” of the interconnected flower bracelet. Here is the finished product.

(Photos: Hinda Mandell)

I also completed a sparkly blue and gold-ish pattern. Both will be for sale during my first craft show later this month.

Flower babies

I’ve been making bracelets of these interconnected flowers. And then I had a thought: These babies would make cute earrings and/or pendants. Hence “flower babies” were born. I haven’t decided yet whether this pair will become two separate pendants or a single pair of earrings. 

My father told me they reminded him of earrings a woman might wear in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. Since my pa was born in Brooklyn in the 1940s I’m not quite sure how he’d know that. But I’m flattered nonetheless.

(Photo: Hinda Mandell)

Beads in process

I’m visiting with the folks in Boston. Since I don’t know how to turn on their TV I decided to dive into beading tonight. So I guess it’s no different than any other night. 

One of my favorite patterns of late is this piece that features interconnected, beaded flowers.  They sit on top of a right-angle weave base.

 

(Photos: Hinda Mandell)

The key to this bracelet, like so much in beadwork and yarn-work, is the tension. If I slack on the tension then the Swarovski beads get all weird-o and sunken-in looking. The pattern’s from a class I took at Let’s Bead in Rochester, N.Y. 

I still have a bunch more flowers to create until I’m done with this bracelet. It’s mega, mega sparkle galore. And that’s what makes me so happy about this pattern. Alright, off to take care of one diversion. My mother has a question about her font selection in her Gmail account. Duty calls.

Beaded beads are my favorite thing to … bead. This one features a right-angle weave technique. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.)

Beaded beads are my favorite thing to … bead. This one features a right-angle weave technique. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.)

Earlobes get sad if they don’t have sparkle to cheer them up. Here’s the fix. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.) 

Earlobes get sad if they don’t have sparkle to cheer them up. Here’s the fix. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.) 

This bracelet uses about 90 Swarovski 4mm bicones and 90 Czech glass beads. It fits like a glove. But for the wrist. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.)

This bracelet uses about 90 Swarovski 4mm bicones and 90 Czech glass beads. It fits like a glove. But for the wrist. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.)

Perhaps a harbinger of the warmer weather to come. Think pink, all. File under: The Pink-ish Collection. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.)

Perhaps a harbinger of the warmer weather to come. Think pink, all. File under: The Pink-ish Collection. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.)