Mary's Cottage Treasures

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Monday, November 16, 2009

A Wonderful Artisan Jewelry Story

Having made multiple hundreds of bracelets over the last 10 years, I really believe this is my ALL-TIME favorite! A few months ago, I saw beads like this in a 3 year old beading magazine and fell in love with them. Never thinking it would be possible, I emailed the sweet American artisan who made the beads and asked if she had any similar ones. "No," she wrote back, "but I can make you some. Is there any certain color combination you want?" Needless to say, I was stunned, so I emailed back, "I like the ones in the magazine on page 29, so, however similar you can make them to those would be perfect." Two weeks later they were in my mailbox! I now had 35 of THE most beautiful lampwork beads in MY possession ... and a lampwork bead maker new friend!

It took me longer to make the bracelet than it did for the beads to be made! I had a hard time at first getting just the right combination of beads, color, and sterling. Finally after putting them aside for a few weeks, I started again last week and the bracelet came right together. Surrounded by Bali sterling silver, each bead is truly a masterpiece unto itself.

If you have ever tried to photograph jewelry, you know how hard it is. I hope these pictures show SOME of the beauty of these beads. The piece as shown measures 8" which will best fit a wrist of 6" to 6-1/2". It ends with a Bali hook & eye sterling piece. I can adjust it to fit YOUR wirst for no additional cost. Click on the link (or copy & paste it) for more information about this beauty and how it can become yours:
On Thursday of this week, I will start a contest and the winner will receive some free 'bling-bling' from my shop. Maybe even a LAMPWORK Bead or SWAROVSKI Crystal bracelet! Stay tuned and check back here Thursday! My shop location is: http.www://MarysCottageTreasures.com. See you soon.


Lisa said...


The beads are beautiful and I absolutely love the bracelet.

Pale Pink And Roses

Carolee Crafts said...

I love these and the colours are very suited to this Autumn time of year.

Marie said...

Hi Mary,
I can see why that is your favoirite. The beads are awesome. You really made a beautiful bracelet.

Patricia said...

Mary, that is just beautiful. You have done those beads justice. The combination is great.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings