I've been playing with my beads from Prima Beads again and wanted to share the rest of my projects from our October bead box. In my last post, I used beads in the blue and green color families. This time I focused on using the reds.
The first necklace is made using the red swirl glass beads. I have had a black and red heart focal in my stash for a couple of years now, and these beads were absolutely perfect with it:
|Aren't these beads perfect?|
I used 14g copper wire that I annealed to make it easier to work with. Annealing is a process where you heat up the copper wire to a low orange color, allowing the heat to physically change the make-up of the wire. After the links were made, I gently flattened them with my chasing hammer and re-hardened them in my tumbler.
I finished the necklace off with a double length of black leather.
I really love this one and can't wait to wear it!
The second piece I made using my red beads is an upcycling project using my son's old black jeans:
|I call this design "Industrial Faith"|
I used my Red with Silver glass beads and charms from Prima's Cross Culture Collection to make a layered wrap bracelet.
I liked the bracelet so much that I made some matching earrings!
This is a really cool set, and the stretch denim is very comfortable to wear.
Then I was digging through my bead box and found another focal I've had for a while and decided to make one more piece:
I went back to the blue/green family to find beads that would have enough visual weight to carry the gunmetal ceramic focal.
The beautiful Teal and Black glass beads add drama and sophistication to this design. I added two different gunmetal-finished chains and an antique clasp from my stash.
That a fun month of creating - I can't wait to see what's next! As always, a big thank you to Prima Beads for their amazing generosity!
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