I have just learned today that CJS Sales is back! I learned that they were closing back in the spring, and Elyse told me about the sales, but, with one thing or another, I just couldn’t make it there (probably me putting off grieving another loss on what used to be, for me, Bead Paradise Alley, a block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, with all sorts of divine bead stores — most of which have just ceased to exist, or have moved to warehouses elsewhere and only sell on-line)
Anyway, somehow CJS Sales popped up on the screen today when I wasn’t doing anything special, and, to my great wonderment and joy, I find that they are not too far (390 Fifth Ave.) from where they were before.
I can’t wait to go see their new digs!
If you enjoy a treasure hunt, and/or are into vintage jewelry components, this is definitely the place to go (I’d recommend you wear something you won’t mind getting dirty, and giving yourself at least a couple of hours to rummage around for treasures beyond your dreams.
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I made these bracelets to test the strength of the Stretch Magic against the power of me. These beads are much larger and heavier than the 8 mm beads I’ve been mostly using. So far, so good (they’ve been through the wash (!), slept with me, run with me, and more… still hanging in there.
The one on the left is made of lapis/malachite beads with sterling silver beads.
The one on the right is made of lapis and turquoise beads interspersed with silver-plated spacer beads.
9/10/17: This one is deceased
now. The Stretch Magic seems
quite stretched out. You can
see it between the beads. It
lasted 3 months. Could be
the wear and tear I deliberately
put it through.
It’s a good time to re-design
it and then give it another
torture trial. I’m thinking copper
beads this time.
What “torture” am I talking about? See, I figure that, if I make one of these to sell, it would be good to know how much wear and tear it can stand up to, and for how long. I wore that bracelet straight through for 3 months (Okay, I took it off three times). I wore it in the shower. I wore it to bed. I let other people touch it (and you probably know how people start pulling on your bracelets if you let them touch them), so, yeah, it’s been pulled at quite a bit. Through it all, the knot held. That’s good to know. The next torture series will be to put it on every day and take it off every night. I will probably take it off at the gym and put it back on again before I leave.
Meanwhile, I can say that the other bracelets I’ve been wearing (most for about 4 months) are going strong. Some of these bracelets are made with 8mm beads, and some with 6mm beads. Most of them are made with 1mm Stretch Magic, but the ones with pearls are made with .7mm Stretch Magic. I’m rather certain that the weight of the beads has something to do with the longevity of the stretch. That makes sense to me.
So what can I do? Most of the stones I work with have holes too small to accommodate anything larger than a 1mm cord.
Hopefully, the smaller beads will turn out to last much longer, and, then, I’ll just have to figure out how I want to use larger beads.
On with the adventure!
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Tagged bracelets, elastic bracelet, lapis, lapis lazuli, malachite, sterling silver
This is an elastic bracelet made with lapis, calcite, fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, smokey quartz, pyrite, and copper. It is a Personal Bodyguard from my Bodyguard series.
This is Bodyguard Playing in the Dark. It is an elastic bracelet made with black agate, obsidian, black tourmaline, kyanite, amethyst, jade. aqua aura, lapis, pyrite, hematite, fluorite, black labradorite, and moss agate.
This another Personal Bodyguard, elastic bracelet with jade, moss agate, crystal quartz, aqua aura, tourmalinated quartz, pyrite, tiger eye, aventurine, aquamarine, lapis, amazonite, and copper.
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So, I have figured out one way to upload photos. It’s not the best, but, if I am neat about it, I should be able to get away with it. Anyway, here is a photo of my long-in-the-process “Bodyguard Playing in the Dark”. (As you can see, I am clearly not an accomplished photographer. Never mind! It’s a picture. )
Bodyguard Playing in the Dark started as an idea to combine as many protection stones as I could in a dark-colored piece. It combines amethyst, aqua aura, black agate, black labradorite, black obsidian, black onyx, black tourmaline, purple fluorite, green jade, lapis, golden sheen obsidian, hematite, kyanite, moss agate, and pyrite. This piece finally came together when I started experimenting with elastic/stretch cord for bracelets. It seemed like the perfect place to start.
Mom’s Bracelet finally came together when I decided to see if the elastic/stretch cord would work with larger/heavier stones than the 8mm ones I’d been working with. I unstrung it from its original jewelry wire and had it together one-two-three. Mom’s Bracelet is “purpose-built” to address some physical needs that she has. It contains lapis, golden calcite, green fluorite, amethyst, aventurine, moss agate, crystal quartz, pyrite, and copper. (I liked it so well that I have made a similar one for myself).
See! I have been doing! These two bracelets are the end products of my experimentation on 16 different elastic bracelets (all of which I am wearing right now, actually)
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Okay, so I have finally finished my Mom’s bracelet, and I took pictures of every single one of the pieces that I have made in the past four months. Now, the only thing is to figure out how to put the pictures here. I’m working off a public computer, and with my phone. I’ll figure it out. Stay tuned.