Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Journey's End"

My latest bead embroidered cuff bracelet, "Journey's End," is a pairing of the gemstone Tiger's Eye with Amazonite in a turquoise-green color.  I think the two colors are charming together, exhibiting a very attractive warmth.  As it is still very cold this winter, I am drawn to these warm colors.

This is my first time to use gemstone chips in my bracelets.  This overall design is somewhat symmetrical, and the chips add a random look that is unexpected while offering relief from too much pattern.
Above is the bead embroidered top before it is attached to the inner brass cuff and finished off with edging and an inside addition of UltraSuede.

Along with the Tiger's Eye cabochons and beads, and four large Amazonite beads, I have added round gold-colored cut crystals, gold-colored crystal bicones, natural pearls dyed green, and a variety of glass beads for interest.  The beads surrounding the focal Tiger's Eye cabochon are glass Hybrid Picasso beads, which mimic the look of a green shade of turquoise. I have sewn and embroidered the beads one or two at a time onto Nicole's BeadBacking (NBB) in the Leaf Green color.  Each bead is then sewn through again for security and to align the rows of beads.  All beads that protrude from the tops of other beads are sewn three or four times for added strength.

The inside of the cuff is lined with soft green UltraSuede. 
The edges of the bracelet have a 'picot edge' with more 
turquoise-green seed beads, plus several topaz-gold seed beads.

"Journey's End"
Photo below - click on any photos for larger image.

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"Journey's End" is in a private collection.


  1. All I kept saying why reading your post and looking at this piece is, WOW, WOW, OMG WOW. Lynn this is beyond amazing. If it goes to the shop you better ask a good price for it.

    1. Thank you, Nicole! Your words are much appreciated! My two top photos looked wonky when I saw your comment just now, so I have fixed them. Not sure how or why that happens, as they looked okay yesterday . . .
      Many thanks for the compliments!