THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!
I've seen these fabulous creations on line and in magazines and was "dying" to make one using all my collections of inks to dye some fabric and trims.
The bead in the center is in a brass piece I've had for years, but fit perfectly here.
Of course I started at night and didn't take pics in progress, but this shows a bit of the vintage trims I colored with everything from Adirondack Colors Washes to painted-on Perfect Pearls and water on the lower piece of trim.
The base was a cloth napkin I'd liked, for some odd reason, and bought a couple years ago.
Then I added the wide lace...no colors added....and sewed the trims on top.
I used a fabric glue for adding the vintage Ric-Rac.
I LOVE the copper wings! They're from Red Lead.
My friend Jen Crossley ( a brilliant metal artist...must check out her latest treasure on her blog here) talked me into trying cold soldering.
Well, I chickened out and used brads on the main Vintaj piece where I added the wings. BUT, next time I'm doing rivets!!!
The key was sewn on with invisible thread.
The Vintaj brads are added on top of a piece from a days gone by collection.
I added the pearls and purple beads by hand.
The vintage buttons are gifts from friends. I think they're from my WC Chick friend Susan's mothers collection, but I'm not sure.
She's from England...could be from there...one can dream.
This is the back where I used looped trim tied and knotted for the latch.
Arn't the buttons gorgeous???
Here's a picture without all the freckles and wrinkles of my arm!
Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of a bracelet on your own arm???
For me, it was a contortionist act at best!
Be well, and hope to see many friends at CHA in a few days.