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!
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.