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Copper Cuff with Pastel Crystals and Glass

About this design:

Pastel colors are lovely to look at but not so easy for me to use in a design. Darker colored beads and a wider range of sizes and colors are definitely easier for me to work with. I restricted myself to pastel colors with just a touch of medium dark colored beads and had a difficult time getting the design to work.

Don't know if I like it or not....Into the closet for a week or so.

The last picture obviously is not a cuff bracelet. They are simple design ideas of jewelry to make with a Girl Scout Troop for their Jewelry badge. The buttons are off of some old shirts my husband wore. The 3/0 green seed beads are from who knows where or when. The other seed beads are cheapies from WalMart that I've had for many years. The large beads in the ear rings are seeds taken from an old bamboo curtain. I'm sure all of you are familiar with those curtains. Plus normal tiny seed beads and ear wires. Oh, and some light weight teal cord from LB.


14ga and 24ga copper wire, crystal rondelle beads, fire polished Czech glass

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  1. Frida
    Frida says:

    I like the cuff! It’s femenine yet rustic in some way. Elegant yet cool!

    Cute design ideas for girl scouts :)

  2. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    The cuff is so pretty! Spring -like and feminine!
    Cool projects for the girl scouts!

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love the cuff, so spring looking. Great projects for the girl scouts, lucky them to have you :D

  4. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Love the cuff and the colors of beads you chose to embellish it with. Really terrific! :)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I love this one! Great design and use of colors!

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    OK. So maybe I misjudged the bracelet. It was supposed to look spring-like. Guess I achieved my goal. Thanks for the encouragement and compliments. :D

  7. rootware
    rootware says:

    Love the color combination. The blues and greens work so well with the copper, and by using the lighter and brighter beads… they will age better as the copper darkens over time. Too many dark beads on copper tend to blend over time- And with green being the pantone color of the year, you are set to go for 2013. Great job!

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I think the bracelet is fabulous! The tiny dark green crystals keep the pastels from looking schmaltzy, as if your wirework could ever look less than fab! :)

  9. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I’ve been staring at these pics for SO long. I wanna do this! :) I need few more lessons. And a LOT more practice. I’m going to spend lots of time studying your craft.
    I can see how you do the frame with the large guage. I just don’t have the design eye or imagination to do the details with the beads.
    Keep posting. You are my new role model!

  10. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    btw: I recognize the “correct” hammering technique in your piece. I know I got carried away, but the effect was kinda cool.

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Julie, some of the pieces I’ve hammered on have been flattened until they were paper thin. As far as I’m concerned there isn’t just one “correct” way to use the hammer. My philosophy is to try out ANY THING then dispose of the results if they get too messed up. :D

    BTW I posted step-by-step instructions for making a variation of the beaded or confetti cuff. Check out the step-by-step section. The directions are on the second page. If you haven’t worked with heavy copper wire you might want to start with 14 or 16 gauge. Or better yet your aluminum wire might be just the thing for starters. Let me know if there are any questions. :)

  12. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I love the blues and greens and whatever the other shades are. I love all your cuffs but for some reason this is my favorite.

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