Reveal day is here and I have one finished bracelet to show you. I have plans for more but nothing else materialized in time. Let’s go back to the top on this, Sarah Goode of Pookledo challenged us to make a piece of jewelry from a thrift store find for less than £1. I told you about my find at $1.40 that just squeaked in, as a reminder here is what I started with
Since I work with polymer, my radar is always tuned to finding anything that will produce a texture so that was what initially drew me to this little link bracelet. My first step was to use it whole to impress a stack of polymer (like a rubber stamp) to create a mokume gane effect. I will have to share that with you another day as the resulting veneers of polymer haven’t been made into any finished form yet, just patiently waiting sheets of polymer.
Let’s just skip to what I do have to share!
Pardon the lighting differences, I missed the best times of day for a great shot. I created those diamond shaped blue beads by impressing the polymer with one single link and then squishing from all sides to concentrate the texture. I then used tinted liquid polymer to create a glaze on the top surface. The bracelet came together with some other polymer beads I had made a few years ago that just happened to have the right shade of blue. Throw in a few Swarovski pearls, seed beads and some memory wire and voila! In the end I didn’t use any of my starting piece in the bracelet, oops. Here’s what I’m left with
If you are a real detective you would have seen the original is made of ten links and there are only nine above. One is tied up on my worktable in a stage of being partial covered in polymer, but I haven’t decided yet if it is done. That link alone above will stay on my worktable for future patterns and textures. That leaves me the two with the clasp and the remaining string which I may or may not break up for some earrings, still pondering that. One plan I had was to tint the metal itself with alcohol ink but it was a complete fail so I have to embrace this metal tone, a stretch for me.
Thanks for coming by for a visit, I hope you hop on to see what everyone came up with from their thrift store finds
Sarah - www.pookledo.blogspot.co.uk
Deb - http://greenshoot.blogspot.co.uk/
Kimberley - http://goddessesandbeads.blogspot.co.uk/
Skye - http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.co.uk/
Ambra - http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com/
Beti - http://stringingfool.blogspot.com/
Emma - www.apolymerpenchant.com <--- you are here, thank you!
Shelley - www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Tammie - http://ttedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
Leah - http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.co.uk/
Denielle - www.somebeadsandotherthings.com
Keri Lee - http://www.pinklemonade.typepad.com
Rochelle - acreativechelle.blogspot.com
Pam - http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/
Ingetraud - http://ingetraud.wordpress.com/
Audrey - http://esperianterra.blogspot.com/
Julie Anne - www.thepeacefulbead.com
Sharyl - http://www.sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com
Micheladas - http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Lo - http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/
Kala - http://maybejustperhaps.blogspot.co.uk
Jo - http://jobunkum.blogspot.co.uk/
edit to add Dyanne - http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.ca/
Oh I almost forgot, there was one other thing I brought home with me from the thrift store that day for a whole $2.80
It’s not great quality, and it’s in rough shape but I really like how the top lifts and the two side pieces flip open - like so
I’m thinking that with a little TLC it could become a great display piece for my next show. Any and all ideas welcome since it’s been a month and I haven’t touched it yet.
Ok now get hopping!