Sunday, March 25, 2012

Erin's Spring challenge

Since these challenges are a great way to make me to stay on track (I am sure you know how life interrupts your most peaceful jewelry making moment) I entered another one: Erin's Spring challenge (from Erin's Jewelry Creations, you can read all about it on her Facebook page, right here).

The challenge had 3 simple rules:

  1. you can make up to 3 pieces( bracelets or a necklace)
  2. your piece(s) must have the colors Pink, Green and Purple in them(that's the challenge part) .. add other colors if you have them.
  3. reveal date is March 25th (today :)). 
Those 3 colours are no challenge for me - I love them separate and the mix spells Spring for me!
I decided to make the challenge about a new piece I've been thinking to make for a few months now: a cuff bracelet. I don't know why I didn't try it... mostly for fear of failing, probably... but now I said to myself: "excuses begone... you *are* making one... doesn't matter what the end result is!"
I am known for being a bit tyrannic so I couldn't dare not to listen to myself :)
Lessons learned:
  • measure the frame wire a bit more carefully (mine it became too short for some unknown strange universal reasons)
  • use a bigger gauge (I used 20 ga, but the frame is too flexible while working with it, so one end is a tad less wide than the starting point - no biggie for the first try)
  • figure out how to make it non-stripy... I don't like the 'stripes' at all - the end result is not bad, but in a more chaotic display will be more pleasant (for me, at least).
Without too much ado - here you have it: Spring Cuff:

Pink, Purple and green challenge: Spring cuff (sterling silver, amethyst, rose quartz, Czech glass beads) :: All Pretty Things

One thing is for sure: it wears adorably! Yes, of course I had to wear it - all day yesterday :)


  1. Alicia,
    Your cuff is beautiful! The stripes are not that noticeable in the photos at least, but I understand what you are saying. The next one you make try criss crossing the strands every so often, that should take care of the vertical striping.

    1. Thank you, Therese! You're so very kind (as usual)... no, they aren't *very* noticeable in reality either, but you know what I want... That's an idea - i was thinking to make 'fish scales', but I like the criss-crossing better, next cuff I'll definitely try that. And there will be a next cuff :)

  2. OMG that is gorgeous!! you did a wonderful job. those colors look great together!!

    1. Thank you, Erin - it was a lot of fun! Yes, I think your combo of colours is just perfect for spring :) Yours is beautiful too!

  3. Wow! That is sooooooooooo pretty!

    1. Thank you, Kashmira - I am glad I have decided to make it... it has been planned for too long now :)

  4. That is such a pretty bracelet! Love the colors!

    1. Thank you, Terry - now I need to make myself a matching necklace :)


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