Saturday, February 12, 2011

ArtBeads.com Challenge -- Winter Enchantment

This month's ArtBeads.com challenge is titled "Winter Enchantment".  The design team members chose beads that defined winter to them, be it a holiday, a sport, a sentiment, or the like.


During the holidays, I do a lot of craft shows, and by Friday afternoon, I'm usually sold out of any sort of charm bracelet that features a snowflake.  There's something about snowflakes, I think, that makes us remember when snow storms meant missing school, sledding, and hot chocolate. Each year I try to mix it up a little ... snowflakes with pearls, snowflakes with lampwork beads, snowflakes with blue roses (yes, I did that ... and honestly, it really worked).  So when this challenge came my way, I fell back to my tried and true cha-cha bracelet -- but with a twist.


I mostly work in sterling silver.  This time, however, I chose to work in antique brass.  I ordered Swarovski crystal, two types of Swarovski crystal pearls in white, and some interesting brass filigree, and set to work.


Items ordered:


Swarovski 5000-10mm crystal rounds
Swarovski 5810-8mm round white pearls
Swarovski 5826-9mm asymmetrical white pearls
TierraCast brass oxide pewter large tapered clasp 
Antique vintage brass-plated pewter snowflake link


 
I am really pleased with how this turned out.  I think snowflake jewelry has a long shelf life because not only can you wear the pieces for the holidays, you can wear them all winter -- and depending upon where you live, that can be quite a while!

 

Thank you to ArtBeads.com for allowing me to participate in the blog partner program! 




Disclosure...As a reviewer of products at Artbeads.com, I receive the beads above free of charge. I have been asked to review these products and give my honest opinion of the products...positive or negative. I am not being compensated by Artbeads.com for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed.

40 comments:

  1. Really pretty bracelet - so icy looking.

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  2. Just one word - georgeous. I love it.

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  3. I love to incorperate brass into my designs it adds a something old with something new element oh so pretty.

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  4. Oh I love this and I see the beautiful snowflakes falling when I look at it. You really nailed the good feeling of winter!

    Hugs Always

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  5. How beautiful. It seems so light even though there are quite few beads on the bracelet. Do I make sense?

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  6. You have captured the beauty of winter and snowflakes so elegantly. The brass touch is exquisite.

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  7. Oh, yes, Lori ... this really is gorgeous. You do beautiful work! so happy to see this.
    Susan

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  8. This is an adorable winter themed bracelet, Lori!! These icy cold looking beads combined with the warm colour of the metal - sooo appealing!

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  9. I love it and the addition of brass works really well.
    I don't live in a snowy climate but I would wear this all year. May I ask where you purchased the snowflake charms?
    Thanks also Lori for stopping by.
    Regards, jenni

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  10. I like the mix of brassy gold, icy crystals and snowy pearls. I bet it feels good around the wrist.

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  11. that's purddy!

    Course I really would prefer to not see any more snow . . . love that bracelet.

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  12. Beautiful bracelet Lori, so lush and rich.

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  13. The antique brass is a perfect contrast with the white of the pearls. I really like that the snowflakes don't completely shout 'I am a snowflake.' Very nice!

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  14. B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.!!! you did an amazing job!
    i have been working on my artbeads winter challenge today, hoping to finish it for early next week!

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  15. Love it! I think the brass and the whites are absolutley rich together! And, it reminds me to get my artbeads necklace photographed and blogged! I am sooo behind!

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  16. Lovely Bracelet. Winter is my favorite season and I live in Michigan with a ton of snow.

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  17. So funny, but I too have made several charm bracelets using similar beads. I guess there's something about pearly white beads combined with crystal that we all associate with winter.

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  18. Yea. I love snowflakes. It reminds me that there are no two alike. Thank you for sharing that beautifully elegant bracelet! Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  19. Just beautiful and so winterly (is that a word?). Love it, Lori!
    SallyA

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  20. Sparkleliciious Snowflakes! How great to know your marketplace and what sells best. Love this piece. Happy beading...

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  21. That is so pretty. I love the way the little crystal dangles seem to make the snowflakes sparkle.
    Thanks for your comment about my Lemon Chrysophase and Butter Bean Jasper necklace.

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  22. I think it belongs to the ice princess. Beautiful!!!

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  23. You know what I love about this bracelet? It's not your usual, run of the mill snowflake bracelet. I'm enchanted with the mix of colors.
    Awesome job!

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  24. Wow! Lori, that is beautiful!

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  25. you certainly did a fabulous design, that reminds me of snow, and ice!!

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  26. What I love about your style is that even those of us who make jewelry stop to stare and marvel pm how you did your design!
    Kathy

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  27. Lori, you know how much I loved this bracelet when I saw it! Your brass snowflake dangles are just so clever - hope to see this incorporated in my designs in the future! And love the pictures too!

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  28. Gorgeous!
    Love the snowflakes especially :)
    x

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  29. gorgeous! love the addition of those brass snowflake connectors,gives just the right hint to a winter theme.

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  30. I love what you created! It is the perfect piece for year round wearing.

    Cheers,
    Stacy
    www.sissyandjacks.com
    www.sissyandjacks.blogspot.com

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  31. Beautiful Lori. Love the snowflakes with pearls. The crystals look like ice!! Very nice combination!

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  32. What a beautiful design.
    And I agree, I could see wearing this in all kinds of weather.

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  33. Lovely Lori! A great, go with anything, winter time bracelet.

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  34. Absolutely GORGEOUS ....love it!
    wonderful idea those brass filigrees

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  35. You already have a lot of comments, so I'll just echo the sentiment - - Gorgeous!!!

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  36. This is gorgeous - Love it!!!
    XO Marie

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