Sunday, 8 January 2012

Shades of Grey for Anything Goes at Dream Valley!! :)

Hello again folks!! :)

I had hoped to be back before now but my body has had other ideas this last few days- had hoped I’d be able to report on my first experiments with my new toy the Grand Calibur, too, but I have done nothing remotely constructive since my last post as I have been either in too much pain or half asleep from the pain-killers, which I normally try to take rarely as they make me so extra dopey- like I need any help with that!! :S lol Will hopefully be able to get back to my desk soon, though- I have so many ideas... which is always better than none!! :D

Anyway, I’m here today to tell you about our first challenge of the new year over at DreamValley... the lovely Melly is making it nice and easy for you (and us!! ;D) with an ‘Anything Goes’ theme and so I’m taking the chance to share a beading project with you!! :) We are sponsored this time by our monthly sponsor, One Stop Card Crafts, and the winner will get a voucher to spend on lovely goodies!! :)

This is a bracelet I made last year for a lovely friend of mine...

I had seen this style of bracelet around on craft tv and in blogland and was itching to try it... it’s very simple as you just curl the whole head pin that the bead is on to create a coil instead of trimming it to just long enough to make a loop as normal, then tread onto tigertail... and the result is a very pretty clustered effect... mine didn’t end up as full as the ones I’d seen as I used smaller beads, but I really like it and it felt lovely on- nice and substantial as there’s a fair bit of weight between the beads and all the coils, but it still moves and falls nicely :) Most importantly, though, my friend loved it, too!! :D

I used a big selection of beads- Czech Fire Polished Crystal, pressed glass, glass pearls, seed beads and stardust silver- plus a few little silver charms... I had all the beads from making a charm bracelet watch for my sis’ 16th last year (which I’ll show you soon... if I can only find the pics!!lol)

A couple of close-ups to show the beads, clasp and the coils better- I love the effect and will be making more like this soon with different beads!! :)

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:  {{ I can't find any that don't say just 'papercraft' items at the mo'... think I've entered at Dream Valley with jewellery before but guess that's out this time!!lol Will add later if I can find any!! }}

Well, I hope you like my little bracelet- if you do and want to see more then click the tab at the top of the page :) I love to see other people’s jewellery and beading makes, too, and don’t come across too many in blogland so please let me know if you have any jewellery projects on your blog or know a blog that does so I can pop by and have a look!! :)

Don’t forget to visit the Dream Valley blog to see all the fab inspiration from the rest of my new teamies... there’s a great variety of styles on the team so really worth a look!! :) And, of course, joining in couldn’t be easier this time!! :)

I hope you’re all well, having a lovely weekend and keeping warm and safe in this weather... thought the winds were supposed to be over but it picked up again here last night and now it’s calm but sooo dismal!! :S See you soon, I hope- thanks for stopping by today and for all the comments on my last card... it’s so nice to be back in blogland properly and I will hopefully start feeling up to visiting a few more of your blogs and commenting  again soon, too!! :)


Vicky said...

So beautiful Rachel....I must give this a wee go myself....just wished I had more!

have a lovely afternoon...hugs Vicky xx

Dawn said...

Love this bracelet hon, love the colour combo, very effective techniquex

Anonymous said...

Oooh this is beautiful, and thanks so much for the info on how you made it. I had seen these and assumed that they were threaded with closed jump rings. This is such a brilliant idea I may just have to try one (I make quite a bit of jewellery). Hope you are feeling better. xx

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, Rachel, this is absolutely gorgeous! You could go in to business selling these! Hope you're feeling a bit better soon!

Sandra said...

Hi Rachel, this is beautiful:) Sandra H

Evelina Wikberg said...

Gorgeous. You are making me want to get my beads out. Lol! Have a great week. Xx

coops said...

so stunning rachel.i love all the pretty beads you`ve used :D
gorgeous gift hun :D

xx coops xx

xxxtglxxx said...

This is utterly gorgeous Rachel hun! :) I love making my own jewellery too, but this is stunning. Love the really pretty collection of beads and gems! :)



Lin said...

Rachel sorry to hear you are having a hard time with pain. It's so wearing to be in constant pain. On a positive note you don't seem to have let it stifle your creativity as this bracelet is just a proper bobby dazzler! I bet it sounds as good as it looks too!

Happy New Year


Debs said...

this is so pretty hon..hugs Debs x

Susie said...

Absolutely stunning bracelet and in such a wearable collection of shades! Susie x

(PS - been trying to comment for a few days and the comment box kept disappearing whilst I was typing so if you end up with a few part comments - apologies.)

sparklingblackrose said...

Absolutely gorgeous Rachel, lucky friend! :-) Elaine-xxx-

LittleNorthStar said...

Gorgeous bracelet Rach :) xx


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