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Silver Garden

About this design:

I like the little TierraCast flower charms, especially the lotus and the calla lily ones. Their tiny size required delicate companions.


TierraCast charms, spacers and clasp; antique silver chain; Grace lentils; Czech rondelles and rounds; silk ribbon; lapis rounds; purple wave agate rondelles; seed beads

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Another stunner….this is fabulous!

  2. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What a great design – - the ribbon “strand” is inspired !

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Laud, you always amaze me, love the colors and design :D

  4. Laud
    Laud says:

    The ribbon! I love the colors, but it frayed so badly, I might have to remove it. I needed it supple to go through the side pieces (wanted them folded so they looked like callas), and yet in the process, the ribbon started coming apart. Afterward, I put Fray-Check on it, but a lot of damage remains. *shakes head*

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Beautiful as usual, Laud! I just love your aesthetic. :) You speak to me. :)

    Those ribbons are gorgeous but so very fragile. :( BTW, that calla 2 hole rectangle will tarnish if it sits out. I found that out the hard way.

  6. Laud
    Laud says:

    So should it be coated with something? I have Vintaj glaze. Would that work?

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    That’s probably what I am going to try with my remaining pieces. I thought the base metal underneath was “silver” colored but this turns a bronze/gold when exposed too long to air. I’m not sure what the chemical process is that is going on, but I was very disappointed. My personal pieces live in plastic bags when I am not wearing them but I had some beads on my table awaiting design. Now I don’t know how to rejuvenate them and I am considering painting them. If you find a better solution, please let us all know! :)

  8. Laud
    Laud says:

    Could you try metal polish? The right stuff can do wonders. I re-did the ancient hardware (c. 1956) in my kitchen, and the metals came out bright.

    Another thought: How about keeping tarnishable pieces in a silver cloth?

  9. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    Lovely design, creativity at work. Love it.

  10. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful design!

  11. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Love this one Laud. Purples and blues are always a favorite for me.

    I have been working with labradorite today. I used the little lily charms. They ARE so cute! The lotus charms are on the counter, but didn’t get chosen today. I used glass bicones and coin lampwork beads. The toggle is a hummingbird. Too weird!

  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    OOh, I’ll bet the charms look great with labradorite. I haven’t used that, but one day…

  13. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Lovely design, Laud! The lotus charm is one of my favorites.

  14. Laud
    Laud says:

    The lotus charm was the first one to catch my eye. I think it’s my favorite, too.

    Thanks, ladies!

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    So very pretty. Love that ribbon but I know exactly what you’re talking about with the falling apart. Slide it.through one bead and its almost ruined….sigh.

  16. Laud
    Laud says:

    I just don’t understand it. My embroidery silk ribbons hold up a lot better. Maybe the dye weakens them?

  17. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I have no idea but I will not purchase it again. I bougt the beach glass amd that purplish one. When I did that silly blingy surfer one I just wrapped it around the leash. Its all messed up now. I had better luck with this bright yellow silk top I had that old old old. Cut it into strips. I’m trying to figure out what to.use it in now.

  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    I think the ribbon would work for post-industrial designs where ragged looks appropriate. It’s just a shame, though. The colors are wonderful.

    I’m also having trouble with the edged ribbon, though that’s no fault of the ribbon. It’s that small-holed stones and crystals have to be attached some other way, but how?

  19. Frida
    Frida says:

    Beautiful design, Laud! As Becky told, I often see plated metal to lose its coating. Those silk ribbons I also find to fragile to use exept for decoration or in fishbraid designs etc. The silk string ribbon is stronger.

  20. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I’m as clueless as you regarding that Laud. I’ve seen designs using ribbon as the only stringing for.bracelets. I’m wondering where they got.that ribbon. Since I cant.find any in any stores locally I’m stuck. I really want able to “SEE”, touch it, test it, match it. Frustrating.
    You’re right Frida the string would be stronger but what if that’s not the want?

  21. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh and ragged is an understatment. How about its getting ready to break in two, rip apart totally. And one piece its in is a bracelet where its woven through chain and not a functional element of the design.

  22. Laud
    Laud says:

    I’ve used YLI silk ribbon embroidery silk (plus some other brands), which can be pierced by needles, twisted, drawn in and out fabric, shaped into flowers, etc. Very durable. It used to be common in craft and needlework shops. Generally, you get one color, rather than dyed.

  23. Frida
    Frida says:

    Laud is that real silk in those ribbons?

  24. Laud
    Laud says:

    The YLI? Yes. It’s a Japanese brand. Silk ribbon embroidery requires a lot of fancy stitching, including piercing the ribbon multiple times. The Japanese silks hold up.

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