Tropical Bracelet Redo

July 6, 2015 , In: Inspiration, Jewelry

I hopped a cruise ship to Bermuda yesterday.  Before I left I wanted to make a few extra pieces of jewelry to bring with me.  

I had made this bracelet earlier in the year to wear on the bead cruise but found that I had selected some beads that made it too heavy and the waxed linen began to stretch.  
Original bracelet

While it’s a really cute bracelet, I couldn’t have it expanding in size on me so I took it apart.  It turns out that it also contained some beads that went really well with a dress I purchased for my Bermuda cruise.

Dress Fabric

There were so many wonderful colors in this print to work with; aqua, cobalt, yellow, pink… I began pulling out lots of wood, lucite, shell and art beads to play with!

Messy Desk

Then I remembered I had some memory wire and thought it would be fun (and easy) to work with that.  After lots of pulling out beads, putting back beads, pulling out more beads, I had a finished bracelet!

Finished bracelet

I used art beads (bronze, ceramic & polymer), wood, brass, czech glass and shells.

Art beads

I’m really happy with the finished piece.  Although I do miss the original bracelet, this works so well with my sundress!  

Art Beads
Polymer: Humblebeads
Bronze: THEA Elements 
The next time a piece of jewelry doesn’t quite work out the way you hoped, take it apart!  You’ll find inspiration elsewhere…maybe even in a sundress!
Happy Beading!

Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
  1. Reply

    Wow all of those beads work really well together. Beautiful design 🙂

    Claire xo
    Beads Jar UK

  2. Reply

    It's always fun to reinvent things. Your peice came out very nice. Have a wonderful trip.

  3. Reply

    I loved the original…but, that is a fabulous re-do! Pretty!

    • Reply

      I loved it too but it was just stretching and stretching and it never hung quite right. I'll probably take that design, tweak it and do something in a similar style with other beads.

  4. Reply

    Diana, that is just perfect for your dress! I love memory wire bracelets, especially in summer. And, you can use more beads! Great color!

  5. Reply

    Very cute!

  6. Reply

    I love your remade bracelet! I can see that it will look great with your dress.

  7. Reply

    Great bracelet!

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