Thanks for all the lovely comments on my jewelry swap post! I'm glad you liked the cuff with the big flower...I absolutely loved it, so that became my motivation to grow a bit of a garden on my beading table. I found a good source for the brass cuffs and bought more than I really need, so I got my vintage metal flower action on!
The simple golden tone of the brass works so well with the mixed metal and vintage enameled flower petals! I dug around and found all sorts of bead caps and other scrapbooking flower thingies to use. Some thin copper wire wraps the flower onto the bracelet and keeps it in place. I did a quick coat of spray lacquer to, hopefully, keep the brass shiny and reduce oxidation.
And here's the rest of the bouquet...so far. Yes, it probably could be a Spring thing, but I am loving these no matter how cold it gets outside!
I'm going to experiment with some paint markers on the brass...there were some inspirations in the last issue of Handcrafted Jewelry. I went through to rip out project to save and ended up with more than half of the magazine. Now my kitchen counter is a mess of painted towels, paint pens, spray bottles, and little bits of things to paint. I'll be lucky if I don't jack up the garbage disposal with some little bead or bead cap. I'll keep you posted on my experiments. :)