Friday, February 20, 2009

Vintage Denim Blue



I finished this cuff recently, I actually set out to make one for me that would go with blue jeans and I'm pleased with the results.


I can't remember where I found the center bead - there is a hole through it so it is an actual bead. Pretty isn't it?


I added a small bit of red and green to match the buttons used as the clasp.


There are a couple of pearls and a few cobalt blue vintage nailheads.


I couldn't resist adding some sparkle with a few Swarovski bicones.


And some tiny lapiz hearts.


Last (but not least) are the pretty little vintage glass buttons used as the clasp.


This is a very soft cuff style bracelet, I used dark blue stiffened felt (similar to Pellon) as the base and did not add any metal between the base and the backing.


Ultrasuede was added as the backing and it was done!

22 comments:

Penny said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Lynn said...

It so pretty- love the buttons. I find these cuffs to be so comfortable, especially with the ultrasuede backing. I do like the metal based cuffs too, just because they are so easy to get on and off.

Carol said...

This is such a beautiful piece. I love it because the front is simply ornate and your choice of stitches and beads along the sides to the back are simple but not. I love it and I love your choice of blue. Beutiful bracelet.

Pat Winter said...

Grace it is beautiful. It is perfect for jeans! You are quite the beader!

abeadlady said...

Don't you love making the soft cuffs, Grace. They are so comfortable to wear too. This one is beautiful!

beadbabe49 said...

It's booootiful, grace! I love the soft, ultrasuede backed cuffs myself...haven't done any of the metal blanks yet.

Pursuing Art... said...

I love it Grace! Love the blues with a touch of green and red! Those blues really 'sing'!!! It is beautiful and will look great with jeans. That center bead is really pretty and so are those buttons.

Bead on my friend...~me

Phyl said...

...oh, this is so vibrant and gorgeous!!!What's the thick blue thread used on the edging beads?You do such neat work!Love it, love it...with jeans and anything else!THanks for sharing and inspiring us...

a2susan said...

What a great cuff, Grace. Bright happy colors. Enjoy wearing it.
Susan

Clevelandgirlie said...

Oh Grace - soooooo very pretty.
I picture YOU, in your favorite pair of very soft, very worn jeans, a crisp white linen or cotton shirt and the Pièce de résistance - this gorgeous beaded cuff on your lovely arm.

Clevelandgirlie said...

P.S. Thank you for giving Monica those direction for the dolly which she promptly sent to moi. You're the best.

KV said...

Lovely job, Grace! I am in the middle of two bracelets done with brass blanks but after seeing what you have done with a soft cuff, methinks I will try that method soon myself.


Kathy V in NM

Periwinkle Studio said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!!

Lisa Gatz said...

that is a gorgeous and vibrant cuff! your work is so neat, too. I love it!

Congratulations on your new grandchild coming in May.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

This turned out gorgeous! I love the accent colors.

GraceBeading said...

Thank you all for the comments! I am loving this one more each time I pick it up. And that ultrasuede backing is so very soft and comfortable.

Phyl, your comment made me chuckle - the bracelet is about 1 1/4 inches wide, so the photos are super macro. The thread... just regular C-Lon beading thread, but it looks like a rope in the photos!

Cathie - glad you're squared away on directions, I'm expecting to see a doll soon :-)

KV - I'm really looking forward to seeing your finished pieces, I LOVE your bead work!

Dot said...

Another beautiful cuff Grace! Love the colors and your beading is exquisite.

Am going to art retreat shortly and will be taking the gorgeous beaded doll you made for me for show and tell!

How are those gorgeous kitties of yours?

Maggie R said...

Hi Grace, This bracelet is absolutely gorgeous. Will surely jazz up your jeans..
I prefer this style of cuff rather than the forms we use sometimes.. More comfy,, anyway very very nice
xoxo
((((hugs))))
Maggie

Carol Dean said...

Absolutely wonderful creation, Grace. All those blues put me at instant peace, but the small touches of chartreuse and red bring in the perfect amount of movement and energy. Brava! :D

Henrysmomsmusings said...

What a cheerful bracelet!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely drop gorgeous. I love blue and if I see this you are about to convert me to a bead-girl.

GraceBeading said...

My goodness... such nice comments, thanks so much!

Elizabeth - if you do anything with beads like you do embroidery, it will be amazing!

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