Saturday, 21 April 2012

Wrapped, Stacked & Layered

I'm really enjoying taking part in jewellery challenges at the moment - they're making me stretch my skills, especially in terms of colours. This challenge has been no exception.

Tracy's Wrapped, Stacked & Layered challenge is all about combining textures, colours, patterns and materials in combinations of bracelets, and not necessarily bracelets that you'd normally think of wearing together. I decided to make a couple of brightly coloured bracelets that I could combine with the square wire bangle I usually wear - I love making bangles, and this one is made textured with my favourite hammer.


As you'll probably have guessed by now I love making my own clasps and findings, and I've made all but one of the clasps you see here. The first bracelet uses a leaf clasp and charm that I designed for my latest Beads and Beyond magazine project. I've used some vintage turquoise beads that I've been hoarding for a couple of years, together with gorgeously rich faceted purple dyed jade beads and simple rose quartz rounds. The inspiration for this bracelet came partly from Lorelei's new ebook on asymmetrical designs.




The second bracelet uses a curved sterling silver connector that I've embossed with daisies - I'm so pleased with this! I used a couple more of my precious turquoise beads and dyed purple and bright pink dyed jade beads. I'd almost forgotten I had these dyed jade beads in the bottom of my beads boxes, but I'm so glad I found them again! They may be a dyed jade and I know not everyone approves of dying stones but the colours of these are just so beautiful.



So, there are my contributions to the challenge! Please do go and see what delights the other participants have come up with!




















33 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the embossed daisy connector on the second piece--so sweet!

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  2. amazing! I love the mix of wire and that big chunky solid bangle. Your components are the perfect accompaniment!

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  3. Jo, your stacked collection is really stunning. It is so different than anyone else's - your own signature style. I love the metalwork and the bright color combinations that you used. So beautiful as always!

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  4. Oh my that square wire bangle is the bomb! And I love the leaf shapes you do. So graceful, and I love that the clasp is hidden in the design. So pretty! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  5. Jo, what you did with your stack is so lovely, the different textures and elements are wonderful. I really love the turquoise beads that you used they are very eye catching.

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  6. Very cool...that silver bangle is awesome!! As is your clasp! Beautiful work!

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  7. Your metal work is inspiring and the color pop of the beads is so fresh with the silver. Love them.

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  8. Hi Jo. Love the square silver bangle. The assymetry inspired L's work and the embossed metal daisies are really sweet. Thanks so much for taking the time to play along on this challenge!

    Tracy

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I particularly love the lowest bracelet - those colours are beautiful, and work so well with the silver. Now, where did you make those pictures? I am looking for somewhere I can make round cornered shots now that Picnik has died!

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  10. Those are fantastic! Love all that gorgeous silver!

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  11. nice job on the asymetrical bracelet,great balance. all in all a good looking stack. as to the dyed beads, as long as they are syed well(colourfast) & you aren't misrepresenting them I don't see a problem, sometimes those are an irresistable colour choice!

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  12. Very clean lines and classic style. They look very "uptown" together! :)

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  13. Pink and turquoise is one of my favorite color combos. LOVE the asymmetrical bracelet!

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  14. Just beautiful. I love how the colors pop against the silver. They look wonderful together.

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  15. These are gorgeous! Your handmade clasps ate so unique...so beautiful! And, I love your color choices!

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  16. meant to type your handmade clasps "are" so unique...ugh...

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  17. Hi Jo
    Love your bracelets they are stunning!
    Therese

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  18. Your stack is so elegant and beautiful ... I love the piece with the embossed daisies!

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  19. Beautiful and elegant. Love it that you make your own clasps.

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  20. The colors are yummy and your leaf clasp is a stunner. I would wear that group with pride.

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  21. So cheerful and elegant with your beautiful silver! Lovelyt work!

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  22. They are all beautiful Joanne. But that bangle is just drop dead gorgeous!

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  23. Your bracelets are beautiful! I love your color choices and they combine so nicely. Very elegant! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Really beautiful job on all your work - love the colors and the leaf clasp sets it off so well!

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  26. Yummy - I love your color combo. I would wear that stack in a heartbeat...love those leaves.

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  27. What a gorgeous stack of bracelets! I love that daisy embossed bracelet so very much :)

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  28. Oh so elegant and beautiful, love them!

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  29. Love your asymmetrical design! xoxo Beth

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