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At The Water’s Edge

About this design:

Lima’s last two ‘Beach week’ sales & the lovely sea themed postings in the Gallery, had me looking in my ’Sea’ box full of fun charms, shells, & beads with an ocean theme. The sand dollar focal was purchased several years ago, and I had a sketch tucked in the bag of what I had in mind when I purchased it—yay! for that reminder. It turned out much like the original idea, but the mechanics of it where causing me a bit of trouble. I’m not sure if I’m happy with the coral silk--it was originally a hard connection, but that brought about its own problems. Do you think the silk detracts—should it stay or go?

I hope you all enjoy beach time this year & any cool treasures found lying in the sand. Enjoy the soothing sound of the waves rolling in & the sand between your toes!

Components:

Recycled Glass Sand Dollar focal (LB), Recycled glass chips 2 colors (LB), Czech coins (LB), coral, cupolini coral, pearls, peanut seeds, silk (LB), Nunn jumpring (LB), misc metal beads & findings

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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Sorry about the dark pictures! I was so excited to take my pictures outside in full light rather than from a southern window as has been the case all winter–it was such a sunny, warm day. I was messing around with the camera settings, and as you can see, I didn’t do the photos any favors. Maybe next time….. :)

  2. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Wowza Crystal-this is gorgeous! I love the sand dollar focal- this bracelet is one of your best! All your work is beautiful, but I love this. I like the coral silk- you’ve balanced it nicely with the coral pearl. The blue in the chips is so cool and soothing. You added all the right touches with charms and the selection of beads- love the addition of the coins (I can never figure out what to do with czech coins-they look awesome in your piece). And the fish clasp is perfect!

  3. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Crystal, I love this bracelet!!!! All of it! The coral silk and the coral pearl work together with the rest of the piece. The sand dollar focal is too sweet! What a beautiful creation. I am so ready for the adventure!

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I love everything in your bracelet! The colors are gorgeous for the beach look.

  5. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Wow Crystal. What a work of art this bracelet is. I like the silk. It adds just another layer of interest. There’s so much to look at here. All beach inspired. The fish clasp is so cute. I am in love with the Czech coins. I haven’t bought many supplies for a while but I am going to take a look at what LB has in the way of Czech coins. This is really one of your best pieces.

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    WOW!! I totally love love love this Crystal. You know how much I love beach themed jewelry so this is just perfect. I really love how the white strand reflects the focal and also picks up the color of the adjacent czech strand.

    Okay let me ask you a question about the Czech coins. Did you find that the holes were so small that the only stringing you could use was beading wire?? Because that is my dilemma. And I’m not very good a crimping.

  7. kye
    kye says:

    Another CC beauty. I agree with Deb-I really like the way the white strand ties everything together. There is so much to admire here. Outstanding work as always.

  8. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    This just fantastic! Everting works so well together, to create a very beachy bracelet. You know I love the little piece of Coral silk….it’s perfect!

  9. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    What beachy glamour! Love the touch of pink silk.

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Such nice comments–Thank you very much! It was encouraging to read all your kind words. I appreciate the feedback on the silk too.

    **Deb, I know what you mean about the small holes on the Czech beads! This has been a thorn for me for years. I always want to incorporate them into designs, but it’s a challenge just because of this reason. The holes run about .8mm, although the newer ones say 1mm. With that size, stringing material can be quite limited. I’ve used C-Lon .4mm to pass back thru two times, but worry when I do because it’s so thin. With waxed linen, you have to use 4ply–which also makes me nervous as just a few beads can add up in weight, and with a lot of wear can become a problem. Czech beads are awesome, but to do more other than stringing on wire, one must have to be real creative. I don’t particularly like using wire in bracelets, but I guess if it’s flexible enough & not strung too tight, it will work. But using a natural material is my first & favorite choice. **I’d love to hear other people’s ideas on how to get around the the small holes in more natural-based designs with other stringing materials.**

  11. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Have you tried the 5mm polyester Linhasita wax cord? Try it and see if that works for you. They sell it on Etsy.

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks for that info Robin. I’m going to have to search for that. Never even heard of it.
    Crystal I don’t really have much of a problem with most czech glass. Just those coins and a few others (all coin shaped or flat). No issues with cruellers, rondells, etc. I’ve tried bead reaming. Takes far too long. I use primarily S-lon or C-lon. I’ve also gotten some other waxed cording at Hobby Lobby but it is usually bigger than S-lon.

  13. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thanks for the tip Robin. I’ll also check online for the Linhasita cording. Using the C-Lon at .4mm & feeding in back through, I figure at least I’ve upped it to .8mm–the size of the hole. When the hole is ‘filled’, I guess that’s the best you can do.

  14. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Linhasita wax cord is the only I use. They have hundreds of colors and sizes. I do keep extra wax when working with it- that keeps it a little stiffer as you go through tiny holes

  15. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    So much to see in your bracelet. Love the array of beads and findings. I really like your use of the peanut beads. I also like the coral silk – looks like something that washed ashore.

  16. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Ditto to all of the above comments. This is one gorgeous bracelet!

  17. Original Barbie
    Original Barbie says:

    Great design. Thanks for sharing!

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