When I shop for beads and findings, sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t, have a creation already sketched out. There are times — many times — that I will be looking for one thing in particular, and I come across something different altogether. Most importantly, I am always on the lookout for the unique.
One day as I was searching for unique beads for no particular project, I came across a string or two of dyed jade beads.
Orange dyed jade beads.
Orange that looks juicy and fresh and evokes thoughts of citrus pieces and icy cold Dreamsicles on a summer day.
I bought as many beads as was available, knowing that some grand project would pop into my creative mind.
On my studio worktable, I laid them out, sorting by size, general shape, and shade of orange. I placed all the different colored wire next to them – silver, brass, black, red, gold. No, none of those worked. Then I tried copper. Voila! That was the ticket.
First, to make the bracelet, I hand wrapped several beads with the copper wire and added tiny pale pink crystal beads along each side of the bead. I added a simple lobster clasp, and the piece was finished. It looks rich, simple, lovely, unique, and a little Bohemian. It looks good dressed up or dressed down.
Next, I enlisted the help of Gene from Gene’s Joint. Under his tutelage, I learned how to wire wrap a graceful S curve for a pair of earrings. I added several tiny pink crystal beads to each single orange bead earring and curved the wire just so to give it that “S”. I handcrafted ear wires, too, and hand wrapped them to each dangle. The result is stunning!
I invite you to read more about these pieces by clicking on the pictures above. You will be taken to my Etsy shop in no time flat.
I hope you find these pieces irresistibly tempting.
~Susan Marie Molloy
Designer and Owner of Miss Poppy’s Boutique
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