Saturday, February 25, 2012

7000 Bracelets for Hope

 Welcome to hop day :)


When I saw this challenge posted about in another blog I knew I had to do it.  Originally, I'd decided to do two bracelets. I decided on the designs, picked out the beads and then set it aside to work on another day when I had more time.  When the day came to start work, I couldn't find the one design I'd decided on >.< After going through every file on my computer where I stick pictures for inspiration, every folder where I stick links to tutorials, and every note pad and pile of paper I had any where NEAR my desk, I gave up and moved on... by then I had a couple more designs in mind anyhow.


For the record, I STILL haven't found that design...I have no doubt as soon as I mail of my package I'll turn around and find it without even having to look.


I'd like to point out that I did three bracelets that first time... and had all three fail in the last stage for various reasons. I was not having a good week.


I took a break from them and moved on to other things... getting hit by more designs ideas.


Out of those three original bracelets, none are featured here. I didn't even try another in the same designs despite deciding too.


Instead, we have these... by the way..I was on a roll and got a wee bit carried away ;) Oh and you'll notice that all of these have a blue glass heart dangle on the end :) 

First up we have some bracelets all on the same design, based on a tutorial ( which I didn't actually follow.. just looked at the picture and went by that)


I enjoyed making these for a number of reasons. One being that I got to pull out my wire and use it to make all the bits and pieces, and another because I got to use up a bunch of my chip stone :)







This one is howlite chips on copper wire with a variety of Czech glass and Swarovski crystal dangles.






This one is also howlite chips one copper, but with black crystal rondelles ( I believe they're Chinese Crystal )






This one is turquoise chip on silver with glass pearls for dangles. 




And the last of the chips, is Sodalite on silver with Glass pearl dangles.

























Next up I decided to play with some chain. Here we have gunmetal chain, beside a silver chain threaded through with denim blue suede.






















And here we have a silver chain beside a beaded chain of two shade of blue seed beads. Again, I got to play with wire and practice my loops :)
















And then, since I was on a wire-loop-making run, I, pulled out some blue glass beads that I had set aside for one of the first failed bracelets, and made some rosary links, along with a few silver beads of the same size. This, while being the simplest of designs, is my favorite. I love those beads... and of course, they were a gift to me and I have no clue what they're called, so ordering more will be a case of trial and error >.<








So that's seven bracelets that will be getting mailed off Monday. I had planned on sending them today, but I'm waiting on word from a poet I contacted about permission to print out one of his poems and include it with the bracelets.


I do have one more bracelet, but I'm not sure about it. I'm not as happy with the design. I may play with it and see if I can't getting it to my liking in time to include it in the shipment.










See? Not sure if I'm fully happy with it...I may or may not send it, but since I'm already sending seven...lol I think it's alright if I don't get this one in the box too ;)












I hope you enjoyed looking at my little donation creations :)  The list of the rest of the participants in this blog hop are listed below, so I hope you'll visit some of them, too!


                                                            ~ Skye



36 comments:

  1. Wow! What an amazing offering! Very generous of you!

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    1. I couldn't stop lol...I did manage to put a small dent in my blue collection though! lol

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  2. Well for having a rocky start you sure finished with a BANG! All very cute and I love the blue crystal heart dangles what a great touch.

    How nice you could donate so many =>

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    1. Like I said, I didn't intend to..I just got a role and went with it... then couldn't decide what ones to send.. so went with them all :)

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  4. What a pile of love!! Hard to pick a fave, but I do love the silver with the blue suede, and the gunmetal with the two color beads. I can just see their happy faces when they open your box!! Great job!

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  5. Oh, wow, now you were quite on a roll for this challenge! And each bracelet is lovely...I particularly like the sodalite bracelet, and the one with all the chain :)

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  6. You're such a generous soul! Beautiful!

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  7. Once the creativity got flowing, the designs were rolling! All of them are pretty, esp the sodalite one.

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  8. What a fun and ambitious group of bracelets! I'm sure you will make lots of ladies happy with them!

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  9. Skye,
    Seven wow you have been busy and they are all so very pretty. The women receiving these will be jumping with joy to receive such beauty.
    Therese

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  10. You were Busy!!! And generous!!! These are all gorgeous! The Turquoise and Pearl caught my attention immediately...just beautiful! I really do like the uniqueness of the one you are undecided about but follow your gut. Then there are no regrets :-) Thank you so much for all your contributions!

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  11. Well, as you know, its not how you start that matters, its how you finish! Great job. You sure made a dent toward that 7000 bracelet goal. They are beautiful.

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    1. I made one heck of a dent in my blue bead selection, too ;) I'm not the only one who hit a creative role and went with it :) I saw several multi bracelet blogs along this hop, so I know I'm not the only one who couldn't stop! lol

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  12. There is nothing little about your donation! What a beautiful collection of bracelets! Whatever creative block you were having turned into a flood of creation! The recipients of these will really feel special, and I thank you for joining us on this hop!

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  13. A great collection: if this is how you end up when you have a creative block, it would be interesting to see the results when you are feeling creative! ;)

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    1. lol My 'creative' times can be scary ;) I seem to work best when I'm blocking until the last minute and have a little freak out over whether I'll get done in time... my muse like to procrastinate.. just like me ;)

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  14. I wish my creative blocks were HALF as good as yours!!! You have been busy! All of your bracelets are beautiful!

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    1. My creative block is still ongoing for my ABS Feb.challenge piece >.< But it broke in a big way for this hop and since these are all bound for homes with deserving people, this is the one that needed the muses more :)

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  15. Very pretty bracelets! Happy blog-hop ;)

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  16. You definitely went above and beyond on this project! They are all really great designs, but there's something about the design of the first four that I really like. Your bracelets are really going to make seven women's days so much brighter!

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  17. wow--you are most kind and generous in your gift--particularly like the last one--the 8th.

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    1. Ty :) that design was actually an accident >.< I got carried away with my beaded strands, and they were too long to use with the focal and extender chain... but I didn't want them to go to waste... so... tada! lol

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  18. Ok WOW! U rock! Gorgeous all of them not fair to just pick one! Amazing, kind & generous!!!!!

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    1. ty :) and I'll even go with the 'rock' pun since half of them are stone chips ;) lol

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  19. Wow - such generosity!! You were on a roll...all your bracelets are beautiful! Love the one with the little heart especially!!

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    1. Ty :) Do you mean the little silver heart focal on the last one? Because they all have the little blue hearts ;)

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  20. I am impressed with your talent and generosity! Truly amazing!

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  21. Holy Cow Smokes Batman - 7 bracelets - you are so wonderful to do that!! :) I'm really liking the howlite one - love the color of it! They are all beautiful and I'm sure that each one will be cherished!

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    1. ty :) I love the color of that too :)

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  22. Wow, seven bracelets! That is *so* generous of you. I really like the idea of weaving blue suede through the chain. It not only adds a touch of color, but also some softness.

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    1. I actually wanted to do a lighter blue... but when I pulled out my suede this was the only blue I had... apparently I gave the lighter blue to my sil >.< The dark turned out really nice though :)

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  23. Holy Smokes! you've been busy! And what a lovely collection you've donated ... good on you! I'm sure the mothers will love these pieces

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  24. Love them all - can't possibly choose a favorite, but you've got me wondering if I have any chips in my stash. What a generous donation you're making!

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    1. Everyone should have SOME chips in their stash ;) I loved playing with that bracelet design so much that I just finished making a necklace and earring set like them :) I'll be posting that soon!

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