Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kara's Bracelet Commission

I can finally post about this commissioned bracelet. Way back in February, a lovely young woman in Knoxville, Tennessee emailed me and asked if I would make her an earth/sky theme bracelet. Unfortunately, I was smack dab in the middle of publishing my novel and this wonderful project got put on hold for quite a while.

After five false starts, I finally settled on these two designs. Somehow, in between
proofreading the galleys for the book and life in general, I started work on both
bracelets at once.

Kara had her heart set on turquoise as a focal stone and the most beautiful piece I had was a bit too large for the cuff size. But, she asked me to go ahead and try it anyway. To make a long story short, Kara chose the bracelet with the larger piece of turquoise pictured here in the last two photos. Guess who gets to keep the other one? And guess which one was my favorite in the bargain?

The bracelet in the upper photos was made with antique Egyptian turquoise,
adventurine, jasper, amazonite, carnelian, cultured pearls, vintage crystals, and assorted sizes of glass beads.

Kara's choice was made with turquoise, carnelian, petrified jasper, fossil stone, antique Egyptian turquoise nuggets, sunsitara beads, cultured pearls, vintage crystals, carnelian beads, and assorted sizes of seed beads.

Kara's bracelet is on it's way to her!


artandtea said...

Your bracelets came out beautifully, Kathy! I love the rich contrast in your color palette. The colors made me think of a southwest sunset (I've seen pictures!) and then I noticed where you live. I just booked a flight to visit my son in Albuquerque in September. I've never been to your part of the country before and am really looking forward to coming out and seeing that part of the US.

KV said...

Thanks, Karen -- I so appreciate your lovely comments.

You're going to just love being in New Mexico! I don't know of another place where inspiration and creativity are positively fed by the light and energy here.

Kathy V in NM

Hélène H said...

Oh Wow, these are stunning !

No Easy Beads said...

Kathy both bracelets are gorgeous. I love the big turquoise cabochon.
I have been working on a bead embroidery bracelet also. Still have a ways to go on it.

Valerie said...

The bracelet is absolutely gorgeous! I love the accent beads on the side. They all go very well with the centre turquoise!

Anonymous said...

Those bracelets are beautiful! I love seeing them.

Bejeweled said...

Both of them are just stunning! And fantastic color combinations!

Re: the comment you left on my blog. Since it's me who can't find your address now :) .... I would so love to see pics of your scarf! It sounds scrumptious!

TattingChic said...

WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous beadwork! You are quite the talented lady. :)

Maggie R said...

This bracelet is GORGEOUS!!!
I love the colors..
Your work is always so inspiring. I haven't done any beading for awhile ...Time I got back..
Thanks KV

Sandy said...

What a beautiful bracelet! Thanks for visiting my blog.

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

o my goodness Kathy, this is stunning!

SHE must be on high MOON wearing this baby.


TattingChic said...

Hello! I am back because I wanted to let you know that I'm having a giveaway! Be sure to come on over and join in!

a2susan said...

How cool that you came up with two designs, each reflecting the beauty of nature. And how nice that you had a commissioned piece!


The Wades said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!