Wednesday, May 18

What's Old is New Again!

Oh how I loved this ArtBeads Challenge.  Take something vintage and pair it with something new, how fun!!!  I almost immediately went thrifting (like I needed and excuse to do that) to find that perfect piece.  And here is my cuff!

I found this wonderful pair of vintage leaf earrings and fell in love.  I knew almost instantly what I wanted to do with them; create a cuff that had a vintage feel, but still new and fun.I knew I wanted to pair them with Swarovski; crystal always has that elegant vintage feel.  I also wanted to stick with green as my focal point, so I went with the Fancy oval in chrysolite.  It's a large stunning focal that definitely gets your attention.

I then paired the green with a mix of pinks, purples, and golds.  That's a perfect vintage color combo in my eyes.  I used my favorite TOHO bead mixes for most of the bead embroidery (Raspberry mix) with the addition of TOHO hex beads and cube beads.

I even added some 25kt gold rounds and some Swarovski roundelles for that added sparkle.  And I had some great Peridot chips I used as well to bring some green into the bead embroidery.

I then sewed the wonderful embroidery onto soft green leather.  I used a wonderful bronze size 6/0 seed bead for the trim and then accented the trim with different pink tones.

I'm loving this cuff, it's big, and it's definitely beautiful.  This blog challenge was definitely one of my all time favorites.  It was fun and exciting and I love seeing what everyone came up with.  I'm very thankful to be part of this wonderful group.

Disclosure - I have received these products from ArtBeads free of charge to honestly review. I have not been paid for this post.


BeadedTail said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Lisa - Alterity Button Jewelry said...

Victoria -

So gorgeous! You always come up with such pretty pieces for Artbeads! I love the color scheme you chose...and those leaf earrings are fab!
I am fighting with my design...tried to take a Haskell approach. I am hoping to finish it today and get it up by tomorrow or maybe Monday.

randomcreative said...

Gorgeous! I love the mix of colors and materials. It definitely has a vintage feel.

Lisa - Alterity Button Jewelry said...

Still working on mine...taking longer that I anticipated! Hopefully will finish it tonight...getting the beaded components done and just need to add the chain.

Incidentally, I got your cuff in the mail over the weekend....SO Beautiful! Still reminds me of the ocean :) I will be doing a feature about it on my blog...that is as soon as the sun decides to come out :)

Sandy said...

Interesting mix. I admire big jewelry on other people, but can't wear it well myself. I look like a little girl playing dress up, lol.

Good luck with your challenge.


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