Sunday, April 11, 2010
I have seen several version of this, even one in the bead magazines, but those usually involve Swarovski squares. I didn't want to do it like those versions for a couple of reasons; cost of the Swar bits, I am too hard on glass items like those to wear them in bracelets, didn't like how the beadwork holding the bits together was attached at the base- they looked awkward and not as professional as they can look, when stitched as a loop.
I LOVE Paua shell, and picked up the donut at Walmart several years back. It languished in my hugeish tacklebox of gemstones and shells, jumping out at me while I was looking for something to end the bracelet, which is mostly MOP dyed, then an AB finish added to the MOP. VOILA! The perfect loop for a toggle, and its size keeps it on top of my wrist, making it the focal as well.
Comfy, a bit boring to do all the strips, but you can listen to stuff on Hulu.com while you are making them, and if I do say so myself, striking!
I don't even care if this one sells. And I have got to find more of these lovely Paua shell donuts!