I may have mentioned in a recent blog post that I have a goal of finishing some of the projects for which I bought kits. I’m not good at (or really interested in) following instructions, but I buy project specific kits because I like the design. I also do learn things – not necessarily a new technique, but a better/easier way to do a known technique.
The materials for this bracelet are gorgeous, from the large quartz focal, to the multi-color faceted tourmaline to the fine pewter clasp. I absolutely love it. It fits perfectly. I had to restring one section because, skimming the directions, I was stringing six sections of nine apatite beads instead of 9 sections of six. But all was well in the end. I love the two seed-beaded loops for the connection points. The instructions taught me a new, better, easier way to do those. I haven’t used them much in the past, but I will in the future with my new knowledge.
This is Candie Cooper‘s Denim and Diamonds Day 1 project – a cup chain lariat. It’s not easy to photo because it is mostly chain, but it’s so pretty on. The charm in the kit was angel wings, but I chose to save those for something else. I think a more horizontal charm could have been a good idea, but I liked using this Vintaj charm with the textured side on front and the “I am strong” side on the back, like a secret message to myself. I added a few laboradorite beads from Allegory Gallery. This is a shape I buy often in this stone, but it took me a few tries to find some that would fit on my headpin. I wanted my leather to be slightly neater, and the ends get pulled through so that one is on top and one is at the bottom. I took the top one and pulled it back down through one loop so that it would also be on bottom. I cut them slightly uneven as I did the ends of the cup chain. At first I was leaving the cup chain at its full length of 4 feet, but I wore it and found that it would be good for the red carpet, not so good for moving through everyday life. So I cut 2 – 3 inches off each side. I really love this look. Candie gave a couple of other ways to make cup chain lariats in the same video. She got in a great bunch of cup chain in her shop Nostalgica. I wish I could have bought some of each!
The third and final project from this weekend was a Kate Richbourg kit from The Great Bead Extravaganza. Although this kit isn’t available, you might be able to put together the materials since Kate tells you what they are. Check beadshop.com. The project was really beautiful, and you can see it in this video. It’s a great bracelet, but fussier than I have the patience for. I tried three times including one alternate version I thought would be easier. In the end, it was not for me. It was somewhat like the leather and bead wrap bracelets, which I have also found are not for me despite how much I like them. I just don’t have the patience. But I looked at what I loved most about the kit – the book chain. And I made a bracelet of that.
I used a fabulous hook clasp by Miss Fickle Media – a favorite maker for clasps and ear wires. It’s perfect just like this, and it’s good to know when to let a project or idea go. I’ve still “finished” this kit. I have a bracelet and have integrated the other materials into my stash.
Three kits down in one weekend. Pretty good! I’m hoping to keep on this path and get more done before the end of the year.