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Chaos Flowers

Chaos Flowers

May 23, 2015 00:02

It was one of those "I just wanted to do something different" projects, something that was kind of the exact opposite of Legacy of the Nameless Queens, but using the same seraphinite and medium-dark silver beads. The result was chaotic, shiny, weird and interesting... and reminded me of a bunch of strung flowers. Hence.

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Across the Great Divide

Across the Great Divide

Across the Great Divide.  A reminder of where you’ve come from, and where you’re going to. Now you can focus on the journey.

Everyone who has ever teased me about my dragon-like hoard of shinies, or my general inability to leave a craft store without getting at least one little interesting thing, take note: when I’m looking for a random “palette cleansing project”, all I have to do is run my hands through my shiny pile and I’ve got everything I need.

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Pillars of the Triforce

Pillars of the Triforce

No matter how long it is lost or hidden, there are always those who keep the memory of the Triforce.

Wanted to try a little something different along the lines of my Triforce bracelets.  Of course this turned out far more complicated than I'd hoped and for strengthening purposes I had to backtrack a bit more than I'd planned--but it worked!  Love those green breads.  Too bad they keep climbing in price.  Gah.

As for the name, well... the gold connections looked like pillars.  I know, what a special significance!  And, you know, 9 pillars, 3 pieces of the Triforce, 3 x 3...  It made sense in my mind, somehow.

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Simple Snake Bracelets

Simple Snake Bracelets

2013 is a Year of the Snake, and I just wanted to do something a little simpler.  Almost subtle, even!  But only almost.  I mean, I'm still me.

(For Sale: Milk Snake, Rattle Snake, Green Tree Python)

Shyguy Bracelet

Shyguy Bracelet

I don't know why, I'm just a sucker for Shyguys.  You can imagine how happy Yoshi's Island made me, then.  They're bouncy and colorful and make delightfully terrible noises--what's not to love?

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Journey Cuff

Journey Cuff

Glowing symbols, songs, grand visions and movement.  This is not a journey soon forgotten, the echoes of it still drifting across the dunes.

There are very few video games that have actually taken my breath away.  Journey managed it multiple times.  The specific beads used were inspired by a certain scene where there is just such glorious light suddenly, such intense beauty that's almost hard to look at... I couldn't resist trying to reflect that.  It's so difficult trying to photograph the full color and sparkle of these beads, not to mention how the white ones really do seem to glow at the right angles.

2,741 beads comprise this bracelet, each individually woven together by hand, from 4-8 threads going through every, single, bead.  The clasp itself is a gold-plated copper smooth-working slide or tube clasp.  (It's actually a lot easier to work with one hand than it looks.)  The bracelet itself would fit a wrist up to 7.5 inches in circumference, but I can be commissioned for custom sizes.

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Dustel

Dustel

His kind have often been referred to as "false fairy dragons" by classifying wizards with absolutely no sensitivity at all.  Not that Dustel will hold it against them.  He's easy-going and perfectly content to explore at his own pace, or just to lay back and relax while someone else takes him on an expedition.  He's an excellent conversationalist, by the way.  Dustel also has a thing for breakfast cereal.  But don't we all have a thing for breakfast cereal?

This little guy started out as something very different.  I was working on a commission for a snake bracelet, having just finished the head and... no, that wasn't a snake head at all.  It had ears, for one thing.  So I set it aside and started again.  Once the commission was done, I returned to this clearly-not-a-snake and figured that it was so eager to be unique that I should help it along.  The result is a strange evolution of bead sculpture and bracelet.

I was very conscious of not wanting anything to be "stiff".  What I mean is, I wanted every part to be flexible, moveable.  Take the legs, for instance; they are reinforced and held securely in place, but the fingers are still easily moveable, and the legs themselves aren't rock-solid but mobility and "squish" to them.  The same with his entire body.  So he's very wearable and poseable.

Let's talk about the wing and tail material, shall we?  No, I'm not going to reveal my "secrets"; I just want to say how thrilled I am that another ridiculously stupid idea worked well beyond my expectations.  They are far less delicate than they look, even.  Believe me, I know. *cough*

And of course those are two Swarovski crystals on the end of that chain.  I mean, come on.

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Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

Three of my very favorite things.  How could I help but think of them while I was putting this bracelet together?  Plus there's the fact that it wound up looking both highly caffeinated and thoroughly sugar-filled...

The chain and clasp are both 14 ct. gold-filled gold.  Little left-overs from another project that worked beautifully for this one.

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