May 6, 2009
Comissioned, custom wedding bracelet
My friend Roni and I both spend our days working desk jobs, so naturally we chat it up on Facebook chat when we get the chance. A few months ago she asked me to make a bracelet for her to wear in her wedding. Not only was I thrilled, but equally excited about the artistic freedom Roni allowed me in the process. First Roni sent me a picture of her wedding dress and informed me that it had Swarovski crystals in the detail work. Furthermore, her bridesmaids were going to wear Tiffany Blue dresses with white orchids as the main flower. Roni next sent me a picture of a necklace her fiance gave her which she hoped could match with the bracelet. I'll admit, I at first didn't know where to go with this necklace. But then I found these Sterling Silver Swarovski Crystal Navettes at Auntie Beads: When Roni said "YES, please!," I next copied and pasted the image on the old-school "PAINT" PC program to give Roni an idea of what it could look like with her wedding colors, Tiffany blue and cream: Roni loved it. So I ordered the supplies (in addition to some 5mm freshwater pearls and 2mm Swarovski crystal bicones in Aqua blue) and went to work, sending her this picture of my first draft of the components: After throwing around some additional ideas, Roni and I had decided on a final design, and I sent her pictures of my progress along the way to make sure we were on the same page: Roni was thrilled, so I went to work, using sterling silver beading wire, sterling silver crimp beads, and a beautiful antique sterling silver round filigree clasp to top it off. I was so thrilled with the result, I had my friend Alison model it for me: I had a fun time dressing the bracelet up in a super nice box and ribbon - you know I sent this one insured! Now all that is left is Roni's wedding - pictures to come!