My latest bead embroidered cuff bracelet presented a challenge. Could I make something interesting out of only black and white beads without any color to sing out? Color is the driving force behind all of my jewelry creations, so this limitation was new for me. I'm calling this bracelet:
Although I like the combination of black and white, I prefer the more "vintage" appearance of ivory/cream/ecru shade of white instead of a stark, bright white. This project's goal was a more modern look. I think the bracelet turned out very contemporary.
"Night and Day"
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Below is the finished bead embroidered top piece - photographed flat so that it shows up better:
After the bead embroidered top piece is cut away from the bead backing (Black NBB by Nicole Campanella ~ the BEST backing on the market!), then this top is attached with glue to the brass cuff bracelet blank.
This is the top view of the cuff. The beads are many varieties, sizes, shapes, and finishes of glass beads. Although it may be difficult to see in the above photo (black is difficult for me to photograph), there are a total of four black Lucite flowers - each has a white beaded "stamen" in the middle.
This side view shows one of the two large, oval, striped beads. The design of these two beads contributes to the modern look of the bracelet.
Finally, an end view of the cuff showing the inside black UltraSuede that finishes off the cuff with a soft fabric against the skin, as well as encases the inner brass cuff bracelet. Around the edges I have sewn a picot edging, which is subtle so as not to take anything away from the focal beads.
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