When I thought I was out, they pull me back in ;-)
I've been slowly moving away from jewelry this past year. It's not that I don't enjoy making it, I just feel that the market is so saturated it's not a viable option any more. And I'm having so much fun creating non-wearable items. It's very freeing. I'm loving it.
But I still get plenty of requests for jewelry. And that's okay. I enjoy making jewelry for people and I'm flattered that with all the jewelry artists out there, they chose me. So as I go down the path of non-jewelry beaded art, I won't wonder too far from jewelry.
I was asked by a friend to make one of those leather wrap bracelets. You know the ones, they are super popular right now, they have beads and leather cord and usually a pretty buttons clasp. It's not really the type of jewelry I make, but I thought I'd give it a try for her.
So I raided my bead stash to make a practice one. Hey, I wanted to make sure I could make one before I committed to a friend. This is what I came up with.
Not perfect, but not bad. I like it and I wear it quite often. I see why people like making these and I see why people like wearing them.
So once I was sure I could make one, I set off to find the perfect beads. She wanted something green with brown leather. I can do that.
This is what I came up with. As I said yesterday, I stopped by a local bead store that is having a farewell sale. I picked up these beautiful Russian Amazonite for a great price. I'm in love with them. I also picked up some silver beads, seed beads, and some leather cord. I then swung by JoAnn's and picked up cute metal buttons for the clasp.
I started working on this last night, and of course I didn't take any progress pictures. You'll have to take my word, it's looks pretty so far. I should be able to finish it up tonight and then I promise I'll take pictures of it before it goes off to it's new owner.
But don't worry jewelry artists that make these, I don't plan on making anymore of these. It's not that I didn't enjoy making them, it's just not what I want to do at this point in my life. It was a fun project to get my mind off of everything at work and a change of pace is always good.
Do you ever step outside your normal techniques/designs for friends or family?
Take care and eat as many king cakes and drink as many hurricanes as you can today. Hey, it's Fat Tuesday, I think that's what you're supposed to do ;-)