Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fiesta Colors

Wow! Quite a thunderstorm blew over Slipper Moon this evening. Just at sunset, too.

Gorgeous fiesta colors in the sky -- lots of thunder and lightning, but not a drop of rain so far. A perfect evening to be upstairs in my studio/hideout!I'm reworking a bracelet that just doesn't make me happy. I made this bracelet some time ago from shards of broken Fiestaware because I just love the bright colors, and it reminds me of Galveston (wherein is a great Fiestaware shop) and my husband (who shares my love of Fiestaware). The African trade bead dangles are fun and accent the bracelet's Caribbean colors. But I don't love the twisted chain. The bracelet will look fuller and hang better on a chain with bigger links, I think. So, I'll tear it apart.Next step is to polish the charms' solder. I use only lead-free solder, and I polish it with a simple manicure block.On the right is an unpolished charm, with a polished one on the left. Soldered charms always look better when polished. I attach the charms to the chain with sterling split rings, a task made easier by toothed pliers.With all Fiestaware charms attached, I accent the bracelet with African trade beads. Many of these trade beads are antique, purchased from various dealers over the years.The toggle clasp is attached, but I need a few more African bead accents to complete the bracelet . . .a job for another day, I think. It's after midnight, our thunderstorm has passed, and I think I can sleep now. Have a lovely evening, everyone.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Linda, I think you are right about the chain, it does look better on the big links. I was sorry to hear about your surgery, but glad to hear you are on the mend. And thank you for those beautiful cloud photos.

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  2. First off, those pictures of the storm are AMAZING. Wow, so beautiful.

    I must admit, I don't know anything about Fiestaware but it's gorgeous. The bracelet is amazing and I love how you did the step by step in photos.

    Thanks for joining in on WIPW!

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  3. Some great colors in that bracelet :-)

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  4. BEAUTIFUL. Yes, I am techno screaming it because, it is!

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