A few years ago, I stopped making bracelets for my inventory because I found that when people bought them, they tended to wear them 24/7, and they just were not made for that kind of hard of wear so I ended up fixing quite a few of them. I am flattered that people want to wear the bracelet all the time, but they need to remember it is a piece of jewelry and needs to be respected.
When I decided to resume making bracelets, I realized I had to make them more sturdy. I am now using heavier gauge wire and not using accent metal beads, which tend to wear on the wire after the bracelet is worn for a long time. The only problem with this is that I have to use bigger hole beads or ream the holes, which is a pain in the you know what. So there is a lot of fiddling with wire and beads when I am in the designing stages to make sure the beads will actually fit on the wire, but the satisfaction when the project is complete is well worth the fiddly bits! It also gives me an excuse to haul out my bead inventory and use up all the bits and pieces I have left over from larger projects.
Here are some pictures of what I have made recently.
|Faceted Blue Quartz & Sterling Silver|
|Blue Quartz rondelles & Sterling Silver|
|Chalcedony, Faceted Freshwater Pearls & Sterling Silver|
|Faceted Turquoise, Freshwater Pearls & Sterling Silver|
|Baroque Freshwater Pearls & Sterling Silver|
|Black Freshwater Pearls & Sterling Silver|
|Freshwater Keshi Pearls & Sterling Silver|
|Faceted lavender Freshwater Pearls & Sterling Silver|