Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tweed Bracelet


"When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me."


 We all have things we gravitate towards as designers, and things we avoid.  I am not a silver girl.  I wear a gold wedding ring, and the silver bin in my bead storage is the emptiest of all the bins. 


Beadsmith's wonderful Steven Weiss sent me a clasp he chose for me, as a part of the Elegant Elements project.  It's a lovely thing, a pretty shape, with a subtle and unusual color combination.  But working with it really made me stretch my boundaries.  And for this I am thankful.  Every time we make safe choices, we close our lives off a little from possibilities.  A silver, mauve and siam bracelet was a big reach for me.  But I did it, and I have learned and stretched and grown.  And I have to add this.  These Elegant Elements clasps are made with Swarovski components.  So if you use Swarovski crystals, or their crystal pearls in your work, a beautiful and organic match with your work is guaranteed. 


And that is enough said. Except for one thing.  In the corner of this private group forum, it says,

"A very intimidating group...  you've been warned :o)"

But the support and kindness there is what makes it possible to reach outside your personal comfort zone and try something entirely different with which you do not have experience, technical expertise or the even the ability to be securely successful.  


Now I am aching for emerald and gold.  Off to clean my table, and follow my heart.

21 comments:

  1. These are my colors, Marsh, and I think you used them beautifully!!

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  2. I guess my 'a' isn't copying well. I know how to spell your name Marsha. :-/

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    1. No worries Sandy. :o) Thanks for your kind comment!

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  3. It is a beautiful piece, as usual.

    If I had to choose between gold and silver I would choose gold- it is warmer. But, I love silver it is bright and twinkly.

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  4. It would be outside my color comfort zone, too - and you have done it beautifully! Now go get the emerald and gold and have a good time. ;)

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  5. It is so nice to read about the group! You are so right! It makes you reach levels you did not know you had...

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  6. Thank you all so very much for your kind support and comments! It is so appreciated.

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  7. I would not tell that silver is not your comfort zone! It´s done beautifully! Love it!
    (and I absolutely agree with every word about the group! Amazing lovely people, it´s really good to be involved in it!)

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  8. Perfect design!
    If I had to choose,I'd choose silver.It makes the hands more 'subtle' in looks,than wearing gold.Except fot this-I have got allergy for yellow gold,so mostly I wear the 'white' one,which makes 'silver'impression.
    Fantastic tweed bracelet-I like the contrast of warm colors composed with the little cold silver.
    Greets-Halinka-

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  9. Another wonderful piece Marsha,I like both gold and silver so I guess I am lucky that way. I wear Gold on left hand (wedding ring and others) and silver on my right hand, most with Sapphire stones.

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  10. Silver and red and ever so perfect! Great pictures too!

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    1. With a little help from my friend! Thank you.

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  11. Wonderful design!
    I love it!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Thanks again so much for reading and for your comments! I realize my aversion to silver is not "normal" but sadly, I just can't seem to help myself! :o)

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  13. Wow...amazing beadwork! i love it!

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  14. Marsha, this is nothing short of breathtaking! I share your avoidance of the white metals, but I think I could conquer it if I could create something this gorgeous. What a spectacular creation!

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  15. This really is a beautiful piece Marsha...great design and colour combo.

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