I made two hammered daisy bangles, two with line textured daisies and two with poppies, all oxidised copper. I kept one of the line textured ones for myself and sent the other five out to the people you can see listed a little further down. I kept it on my desk for weeks without really touching it, just moving different piles of beads next to it to see what took my fancy and glancing at it when I was working on other things. And then finally last Sunday I decided what I was going to do - and for once everything worked out exactly how I'd planned and it took me longer to take the photos than it did to actually decorate the bangle! So.... this is what I came up with.....
I gently opened up the hook that fastens around the loop behind the flower and threaded on some big hole beads - three beautifully soft etched lampwork spacer by Beads of Passion and a gorgeous copper patina ceramic heart bead by Starry Road Studio - I'd actually been saving the heart bead for a magazine project, but I guess that I'm just going to have to buy another one now! In between them, and to stop the beads from sliding all the way down round the bracelet, I wrapped some peanut seed beads on 0.4mm copper wire before closing the hook up again. I decided to leave this wire bright and polished as a contrast to the oxidisation, although it will tarnish and darken over time.
I hope that you like it! This is one piece that I am keeping for me as it looks great with the cropped jeans and tshirts that I seem to spend half my life in during the summer. I'm tempted to make a couple more too, as I bet they'll look great stacked up!
Please do go and visit the other designers taking part in my challenge. I'm really looking forward to seeing what they've made!
Sherri Stokey - Knot Just Macrame
Shannon Chomanczuk - For My SweetDaughter
Jenny - Shyme Design
Keri Lee Sereika - Pink Lemonade
Heidi Post - Ex Post Facto Jewelry
And if you'd like a couple more ideas of what you could make with my flower bangles have a look out for the latest issue of Beads and Beyond magazine, and head back here on Tuesday for a project tutorial using them!