Yep, two projects. After all, it took me so long to get the time to work on the project that I thought I should have something to show for it! Actually, my original design changed after I ordered my beads and I found I had a lot left over, so I thought I would make a bracelet and a necklace!
As I said, the theme this time was "What's Old is New Again". We were asked to use something vintage, or vintage looking, with new beads and crystals. I had been wanting to use a vintage lucite belt buckle my friend Kathy had given me and also some vintage German buttons I'd had in my stash for a while. I was planning to use the buckle as the focal and, originally, going to have fringe coming off of it, but when I started working the design became very Art Deco in feel. The peyote stitched bands attached to each other with Delicas gave a very geometric look to the buckle. A large amount of fringe, my original idea, didn't seem to fit the look I was getting. That was fine with me because I love Art Deco and the buckle's design had elements of the geometric details often found in Art Deco pieces. But, that meant that I wanted an end product that had the clean lines of Art Deco fashion. I had chosen some of the newer Swarovski pendants to play off the idea of old versus new. So, I decided to hang the larger one, the 28mm Aquiline Pendant, from the bottom of the buckle and use the 20mm Avant-Garde pendant as a togggle closure. I liked that idea a lot, so I proceeded to design the strap to hold it all together. As I said, I ordered some newer beads to play up the theme. The new Tila beads are fun to work with, and they are some of the newest beads available. So, I use them with seed beads and some fire polished 4mm beads to create a strap. I loved the finished necklace. But, I had lots of beads left over and I didn't want to not use them. So, I decided to make a freeform bracelet with the leftovers and the German buttons I ended up not using in the necklace. I used my last Swarovski pendant, an 18mm Aquiline Pendant, for a closure and just let the beads and buttons go where they wanted. I had the added thematic result of freeform, a relatively new beadweaving technique, with vintage buttons incorporated.
I'm really pleased with the results, even though it took me so long to get here. I thank Duchess from Artbeads for being so understanding.
Here are some details: