Today's episode is from JET member Phylly of SendingLoveGallery. Let's see what Phylly does with turquoise:
Sometimes a complete
jewelry design will come to you in a flash, but other times you start with part
of an idea and wait for the rest of it to gel. In my case, what’s been on my
bench for a few months are these gorgeous turquoise chunky beads. They
are a mix of New Mexico and Arizona turquoise all in similar sizes in the blue
green color range. I kept them in my work area and would occasionally look at
them and think about how I would like to use these lovely stones.
didn’t see them in a necklace so I began to think about making a bracelet.
There were not enough stones to make a bracelet using only the turquoise
nuggets, so I would need other beads and elements mixed in. Knowing turquoise
looks great with silver led me on a hunt for the perfect silver focal bead. I
finally found a wonderful handmade sterling silver star bead. With this
bead as part of the design, my first thought was to use all oxidized, darkened
silver findings with it, but when I laid them out they looked too dark with the
turquoise and the silver bead. Even though the star bead has an oxidized light
and dark design, shiny silver was going to be the way to go. So, I laid out the
turquoise and some of the sterling findings and spacer beads I would need in a
pleasing design on the bead board.
The star bead has large
holes so I put bicone sterling beads with small holes on either side of it for
stability. Then I tested the combination by threading a larger saucer bead, a
small bicone, the focal bead, another bicone and saucer bead onto my jewelry
wire to see how they looked –and that combination worked to support the center
After looking at my design
I decided to add a small turquoise bead to each end of the bracelet, which
would make 2 groups of 3 nuggets separated by a sterling saucer bead on
each side. Then I threaded the clasp, wire protector, crimp bead, crimp
cover, sterling beads and turquoise to complete one side of the bracelet.
I checked the length of the
finished half of the bracelet and it was fine, so I completed the other half
the same way. This side of the bracelet ends in chain, to make it adjustable.
Here is what the
finished bracelet looks like:
Beautiful bracelet Phylly!. Thank you for the glimpse into your creative process. Remember if you want to learn more about Phylly, please check out her Etsy shop, SendingLoveGallery!
Stay tuned for next week's episode of What's on My Bench??