Libby sent the most amazing beads. She was my partner in the very first Bead Soup Party, and I'd already purchased beads from her at the Bead & Button show way back when, so I eagerly anticipated what would arrive in the mail. As a review, here is what she sent (go on, click that!)
And this is what I made with part of that Soup.
I was left with the amazing little podlets, a silver toggle, and a few Bali beads to mull over, and I have to tell you -- sometimes, less is more, particularly when you're faced with beads that have great color, texture, and creativity to them. I mean, I've never SEEN a podlet bead before, and I just didn't want to muck around and get all fancy on them.
SO. I added three more intricate sterling silver beads to the mix, made charms out of all the Bali beads (accenting them with the PERFECT pink-something AB2X color of Swarovski crystal), and made a simple charm bracelet. Simple, yes, but substantial, and, in-my-not-so-humble-opinion, pretty awesome.
The podlet beads are chunky, about 18mm across, so I used 18ga wire for my connections, 16ga jump rings for the charms, and 12mm sterling silver beads.
I love the result, even though I didn't really get crazy-creative on it like I did with the necklace.
If you would like to re-create this bracelet, visit Libby's shop at the link below -- she has podlets for sale right now, and if she's out, just send her a convo and she'll hook you up! She also has a wide range of lampworking styles, so give her a visit regardless!
Thanks for visiting this month's Cup of Bead soup, and tune in for next month's Featured Artisan!
and if you're in St. Louis, MO...
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.