Apr 092010

 purple branched bracelet detail

Some things are just fun, fun to make, fun to wear, fun to look at.  This is one of them.  This piece visually reminds me of a sea anemone.  It is outrageously fun to wear.  A complete distraction.

This is actually a kit.  I buy kits occasionally to learn techniques.  This one uses a branching technique that gives it the movement that makes it so enjoyable to wear.  The colorway is also interesting.  It shades from darker purple at the center to a very light purple at the end of each strand. The shading effect adds to the perceived movement. 

Halfway through making this one I discovered that the beads provided with the kit wouldn’t be sufficient to finish.  So luckily I was able to sort through my bead collection and find additional beads that were a close enough match to look as though they were part of the original design.  Much of what makes this piece successful is the density of the strands.  Stopping halfway would have ruined the piece, although I am not quite sure whether a third pass would make it better.  It is a time consuming piece to make, but I don’t doubt that at some point I’ll be forced to try a denser piece just to satisfy my curiosity.

purple branched bracelet