A few years back, I constructed this lovely textured cuff for a lovely young lady named Sabrina. Sabrina and I met at the gym, she was one of my first students. She just also happens to be a hair stylist extraordinaire, with much, much flair, and has been making me pretty for almost 3 ears now. ;)
On occasion, we'll exchange services, where I'll get a kick-ass haircut, and she gets some jewelery! Who could ask for anything more!?! On one occasion, after a full head of foils, and a fantastic cut, we got down to the business of designing a special piece for her. She wanted a bracelet, but couldn't find anything she liked in my 'reference' book. (Whenever I find something inspiring in a magazine, I cut it out, and paste it into this scrapbook I have - and they're all organized by item too: necklaces, bracelets, earrings... ) And she liked some of the necklace styles, but doesn't wear necklaces. She kept pointing to a particular one though, and said she liked that design a lot. "Do you think you could make something like this in a bracelet?" she asked... "I don't see why not." We picked the beads and hardware, I took her measurements, and I got to work.
I started with a netted base, which I then surface embellished with a short hematite bead fringe. I sneaked in a few hematite stars in there too, figuring it would be a cute, personal surprise for her. I figured she'd like the hidden stars, seeing as she's got 13 (yup: 13!) of them tattooed on her body. (these 13 are accompanied by various other body art.)
I love the clasp on this piece. It cheeses me off that I can't find another one anywhere. I got it at an L.B.S., but they don't carry it anymore.
When I gave Sabrina her cuff, she was one happy camper.
I was so happy when she opened the box and said :"Oh it's gorgeous!! It's exactly what I wanted!"
I love those moments:
It's a popular design, and although I have a feeling it would be a good seller, I haven't made many, since every time I've made one, it's taken me FOREVER to finish it. It's not difficult by any means, it's just that the details are very time-consuming. I've been wanting to make one in pearls. Cute little button pearls.
I just wish I could find more of those clasps!