Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wonderfully Fun Cuff Bracelet!

THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Seriously!



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.

Linda

21 comments:

Lori said...

This is so cool! Love all the little details, truly a labor of love! Awesome!

Shelly Hickox said...

Linda, this is drop dead gorgeous!! You never fail to inspire!

Luthien said...

omgoodness!!! this is super gorgeous!! so rich and the colors are lovely!

SusanK said...

That's loads prettier than ones I've seen!

Yours Artfully said...

Oh my!!! Linda this is simply divine. I love everything about it.

Lin x

Gloria said...

I really appreciate all the photos, this is too gorgeous to miss out on any detail! As Lori said, a labor of love. The lovely buttons are my favorite part, but the hand-sewn beads and hand-dyed lace are a close second. What a beautiful work of art from a common lace napkin! Thank you so much for sharing. :o)

Hels Sheridan said...

Wow Linda, this is totally amaaaaazing... love all the details you have packed onto this gorgeous wearable art x

Kathie said...

This is so pretty. I want to make one! You inspire me!!

Kathy Eddy said...

Love this Linda! That vintage lace is wonderful!

linda said...

This is really pretty Linda. I have an entire bag of vintage lace I bought last year. Um...

Lynne Forsythe said...

GIRL.........your creativity NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME!!!!!!!! this is just A~MAZING!!!

Netty said...

wowee this has to be one of my most favourite of all your creations. Love it. Annette x

Sugar Lump Studios said...

what a gorgeous piece of art! Love it! Hope you have a great time at CHA and stay cool! :)

Marijane said...

Stunning cuff! I have not tried jewelery making but you are sure tempting me with the butterfly bracelet that you made about a year ago and this latest creation. I'm afraid if I added another hobby (and this could be a big one) we'd end up in the poor house.

Linda Cain said...

Marijane, all you need is a scrap of material to start, buttons, and other pieces of "stuff" you've collected over the years...do it. If you need "stuff" let me know. I'll send you some scraps of material and lace. You'll love this!

Linda

Linda Cain said...

DO it, it was soooo much fun!

~Linda

Debby said...

Wow that is one beautiful bracelet! You did an awesome job. All of the buttons are so very pretty and elegant. Marvelous!!

2amscrapper said...

This is one incredible work of art!

Rhonda said...

Beautiful art bracelet--love it Linda!

Lynn Stevens said...

Now this is SO my style! Fabulous cuff Linda.
Have a great time at CHA!!!! I'm green with envy! LOL
hugs Lynn

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Linda, this is totally stunning! So very cool and totally unique. Love it!