Saturday, July 05, 2008

7... It Was Good In Theory

Grrrr... I don't know what it is... but something about this bracelet is bothering me. No, it isn't the fact that it broke, because I was thinking I hated it way before it broke. It just broke about 10 minutes ago when I took it's picture. (Note to self: Don't force things that don't want to bend.)

Anyway... I made the beads on Tuesday (at least I think it was Tuesday, all the days are running together). I was making some paddle style beads and had been thinking about a tutorial I saw in a new lampworking book I picked up last weekend. The book is Glass Bead Workshop and the technique is an off mandrel one for putting a hole in a bead not made on a mandrel. So, there I was making a paddle bead and I thought... "huh? I wonder what it would look like if I added a hole to the paddle!?!"

I was super excited to take them out of the kiln and I really liked my idea for linking them together. It went together super easy... I even like how it feels and lays on my wrist.


There is just something about it... I don't know. Maybe it is the colors... maybe it is the size of the wire I used... maybe it is that Lauren kept saying the beads looked like fish... I don't know... I can't put my finger on it.

Wanna know a secret? I think I am actually glad it broke.


Lori Anderson Designs said...

Maybe a different clasp? And if these aren't your favorite colors, no matter what, it's going to look not right to you.

(I'm learning this myself)

Anonymous said...

Hey Kerry,

As always - you are your own worst critic. A few suggestions though...

~ the colors seem to blend together - maybe using just silver links instead of colored, or maybe black or a third color all together different...

~ connect the tabs like you did, but maybe have and extra 1 or 2 dangle - 1 at the closure and one at a different place in the bracelet.

I really like the concept and I like the 'fish' beads. Keep working at it and I'm sure you will make it AMAZING!!


Anonymous said...

hi, i really like this bracelet! the paddles are so cool. it seems like it would be comfortable on the wrist too! will you try again; pretty please? maybe smaller gauge wire? thanks, lisa

Kerry said...

Thanks for the feedback, gals! I will keep working on it.


Jo said...

I love the shape of the beads. Maybe the layered dots on top are making the beads look more like a fish with an eye? Lori's exactly right - I find that I almost always have to make a new design in my favourite colours before I'm completely happy with it.

Carter said...

I LOVE this bracelet. I was so shocked to see that you said you didn't like it!
I think the colors are fab, and I love the concept of how you've linked it together.
But if you aren't happy with it, you shoud keep trying. Those things that cause the biggest troubles are usually the things that turn out the best for me!