Snippets from a bead artist.

1.05.2012

Diamonds are Forever...


I'm a huge James Bond fan (Sean Connery will never be replaced), but that isn't actually why I used that for a post title... I've made a new bracelet - the first beadwork from NEDbeads for 2012! I'm quite excited about it because I had a horrible week or so after Christmas where the muse Went Missing.

This is my second piece for Beadsmith, using one of their wonderful Elegant Elements clasps. Once my muse returned from her little vacation (why couldn't I go too?) I had a few ideas. Finally. I also used silver plated size 11 Metal seed beads, also generously provided by Beadsmith, which are brandy new to me - and I really love how they sparkle. The 15s are sterling plated, and I used freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals.


I made little diamond components that consist of four units of RAW, two beads per side, and then filled each unit with a tiny seed pearl. I added a cross over on top of the work with a 3mm crystal, and edged each component. Then I connected them all together with larger pearls and more crystals. I really like the jagged edges on this, I think it looks like white mountains.


Getting everything to STAY in the shape of diamonds and not sag all over the place was a bit of a challenge - but this is why I adore Fireline. If you use enough passes, it will keep anything from moving around, lol!


Currently I am working on making another of these (or a variation) in a different color way, because although this looks quite bridal, I think it would work in other ways as well. And I still want to fiddle with it, so the design can't be quite finished yet.


I would like to really really thank Steven and Charlotte for giving me the opportunity to work with these fantastic clasps, it has been fabulous and I am very honored to have been included in the group. Hope you liked the results!!


38 comments:

  1. Have just recently discovered and used my first Elegant Elements clasp today. I got a gift certificate and spent it mainly on clasps. They are beautiful as is this bracelet. Fireline is great, I agree!

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  2. OMG...Nancy stunning! Looks like something you would buy out of Tiffany's! I like James Bond too! =)

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  3. *LOVE* the results! It's a gorgeous bracelet.

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  4. It is beautiful so elegant - I love it!!!

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  5. Holy crow! You knocked it out of the park AGAIN!! This stunning and looks so complex. I like the edges, too. A lot. Gorgeous work, Nancy!

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  6. Wow, Nancy! Another piece of incomparable beauty! What a beautiful concept - and so perfectly named! I adore it!

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  7. so beautiful.. I love it!
    Congratulation

    Alex

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  8. stunning and gorgeous, welcome back muse

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  9. It's truly a knockout, Ned. I love the white - and I'd love to see it done in color, too. It's dramatic and yet delicate. Great piece.

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  10. Wow! Amazing bracelet Nancy
    Gemxxx

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  11. This looks rich. What a great bracelet. Can't wait to see how different colors effect the overall look.

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  12. That looks so beautiful and cique :)

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  13. No wonder you were MIA! What a stunner! I do love the lace-like effect. I can definitely see this on the set of a Bond movie. You really have a skill with RAW that shines in this bracelet Nancy. I'm very excited to see your different colorway and whether you also use pearls in it. Your choice of materials is always excellent.

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  14. Great piece! Fireline, huh? I may have to give in and give it a go!

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  15. WOW! OMG! Utterly beyond words!

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  16. Let me know how the finish holds up on the silver plate- did a really complex bracelet with them a few years back- Bev Moon's Rose Montee bracelet- and after a month of wear, was down to the brass on the base beads :-(

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  17. Wow! I'm stunned by the beauty of this bracelet and totally amazed that you managed to come up with this so soon after you said your muse was awol! Hope you'll be doing a tute for it sometime soon.

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  18. STUNNING - do you do a tutorial for this?

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  19. No wonder you've been a bit quiet... that is a GORGEOUS piece of beadwork. I wish your muse would come and visit me on her holidays...
    Stunning.... again!

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  20. Wow! It's fantastic!
    Congratulation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. It's so glorious Nancy. You really do need to work up the tutorial, or contact b&b for publication. YUM!!!

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  22. Great looking diamonds , you are so right 'fireline' is the way to go for stability in beadweaving

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  23. Beautiful piece, and I too swear by fireline!

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  24. Preciosa, muy fina y elegante..Noelia.

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