Sunday, March 20, 2011

Art Beads, Memory Wire & Rubber

I have been on an art bead high lately...that's what it's like when you go on an Etsy spree and start buying beads you don't need and then you get tons of little packages in the mail.  It's such a rush!

To help me deal with that addiction and actually give me some justification to do more "support of other artists" I finally sat down to make something.  Memory wire and rubber tubing are two of my favorite things right now.  I just love how easy it is to create something fun and dramatic so quickly.  I have two designs to share...

First, this is a springy piece in honor of the coming season.  I actually have a lot of purple and yellow beads and didn't really think about it until I started looking.  The lead bead in this batch is the etched rondelle from Cherie R. and then the others fell in line:  a disc from HMB Studios, a big rondelle from Libelula, and two shades of purple from SueBeads.  I threw in some bright yellow Swarovski crystal and some purple coils to keep things interesting.  The brown rubber tubing makes it look like leather, but then you get faked out because it just wraps around your wrist without a clasp and stays there!  


The second one has a different, more serious, vibe.  The chartreuse-based lampwork from Julsbeads gets mixed with a speckled enameled oval from GardanneBeads for the focal grouping on this one.  I used some cool heishi pearls from a recent trunk show over at Bead Haven along with black rubber tubing to fill in the blanks.  It's just the right balance of beads for a bangle.


I put these both for sale out on my Etsy site.  :)

4 comments:

  1. I bought some black rubber tubing ages ago and never really new what to do with it...it just looked cool. I really like it on the memory wire, though...very pretty!

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  2. Rubber tubing? What a great idea! I love memory wire and have quite a few bracelets...but never thought of using rubber tubing...love the way your bracelets came out...I just came back from a bead show and dont want to tell you what I spent there...but loved every minute of it...

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  3. Where did you find the tubing in brown? All I can find is black and clear. Thanks!

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