Friday, June 18, 2010

Art Beads summer piece

As promised, here it is, pictures ready in the morning!  Enjoy!

I am pretty proud of how quickly the final stages of this piece came together!  Nothing like a deadline to keep you moving. :) I'm also excited about how each square stitch cuff comes together more quickly than the last one.

For the Art Beads summer piece, we had three main section to choose from.  I pulled components from the glass beads section and the charms section.  I used eight different kinds of 8/0 Round Toho Seed Beads in a variety of shades and finishes for the base of the cuff.

The top embellishment includes a variety of pressed Czech glass, including glass buttons, glass pillows, glass heart beads, and glass leaf beads.  As I'm sure you already know, I love pressed Czech glass and have never been disappointed with the glass I've gotten from Art Beads.  I also incorporated a few fire polished pieces, Toho cube beads, plastic buttons, coral, rose quartz, Swarovski beads, and the charms, which are all TierraCast silver charms.  I always have so much fun with the embellishment for these cuffs (as I do with all jewelry embellishment/fringe), pulling together many more beads and buttons in a given color combination than I end up being able to use in one piece.

This cuff will be available in my Etsy shop in the near future.  If you'd like to reserve it now, please let me know!  I'm also open to other suggestions for color(s) for my next embellished square stitch cuff.  You can view all of the cuffs that are currently available here.

I will be MIA until Wednesday or Thursday next week.  Jake and I are taking a little trip during part of his week off.  Until then. :)

Disclosure - I received my ArtBead's products free of charge through their blogging program. I am honestly reviewing their products and have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products I received.


  1. Awesome, bright, colorful piece! Love your photos too!!

    I am an Art Beads very repeat customer and fan...

    Best wishes

  2. Wow!!! It's so beautiful!!! You're so Talent!! I love how you combined the colors together!!

  3. Goegeous! I also love Art Beads, although it's been a while since I've ordered...

  4. Lifesavers candies! Yum! Very summer. Beautiful pictures of close ups of your process. Have a great trip.

  5. What a beautiful piece Rose! So bright and cheerful!

    Have a wonderful trip!

  6. So pretty! So summery!
    Best wishes,

  7. You have a real eye for design! To be able to take all those beads, put them together and make them look so beautiful...awesome job!
    Enjoy your vacay too :)

  8. Fabulous piece! I love seeing the artbeads pieces. Have a safe vacation :)

  9. It's so beautiful - perfect for summer - not that we have summer over here! But looking at your piece makes up for it :)
    I like the flower charms you added.

  10. Really pretty - brilliant with the shimmer of the summer sun!

  11. Thank you so much everyone! It was wonderful to come back from my vacation and read all of your positive feedback. :)


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