Lately, I’ve been quite busy. I made the acquaintance of Pinterest, and started looking at jewelry other people are making After looking at a lot of wire-wrapped pieces, I suddenly realized that I did not really want to make wire-wrapped jewelry at this time. Stuck with all these semi-precious beads, I started to think about memory wire jewelry, so I looked at a lot of pins of memory wire jewelry. I even seriously thought about spray-painting memory wire in a copper color (That was a story unto itself: I contacted one of the spray paint brand manufacturers and asked if their copper metallic colored paint could be used on metal, specifying that I wanted to use it for jewelry purposes. They came back and said that they did not think their product could be used on metal jewelry, because it was designed to be used on metal furniture. I mean???? Isn’t metal metal?) Right now, I am sort of thinking about how I would be able to spray paint memory wire in a small outdoor space without getting paint where I don’t want it to go.
After I tired of the same old memory wire ideas, I got the idea to look at elastic stretch bracelets. I’ve read loads of tutorials, and looked at other people’s ideas. About a month ago, I started making elastic bracelets to see how it would go.
My first bracelet was the long-awaited “Bodyguard Playing in the Dark” – I say that because I had been talking about making it, but had never gotten to actually make it happen. It went together so well, so quickly, and so relatively easy that I figured I hadn’t made it before because it was supposed to be made this way.
After BPITD, I made another Bodyguard bracelet just for me, with stones that address specific issues.
Along the way, I realized that I had accumulate several strands of cylindrical black labradorite beads, and I set about to make an Elegant Bodyguard bracelet. It took a couple of tries, but I got it right at last.
Along the way, I had made some Lucky Bodyguard bracelets for with aventurine and citrine chips.
As I saw how much aventurine and citrine I had accumulated, and I realized that it was time for me to have my own Lucky Bodyguard, which I made with 6mm beads.
I’ve been stacking my bracelets on both arms, with greenish ones on the left and dark Bodyguards on the right. At some point, I suppose I will run out of arm-space, but wearing them like this sure seems to be a way to publicize. I’m currently working through several strands of turquoise nuggets, making Delicate Bodyguards to stack. I’ve also restrung an old silver and large lapis-malachite beads, to see how strong the 1mm elastic cord actually is.
There’s so much more to do! I want to design some simple Bodyguards, and, if this heavy lapis-malachite bracelet endures, I’ll restring the Bodyguard of the Heart bracelet that I made after I got out of the hospital, which broke about the same time I started getting well (curious coincidence).
I need to take pictures of these pieces and post them, I know. Stay tuned.