Every month, the team over at Art Jewelry Elements does a very cool giveaway. Three lucky winners receive a special, handmade component from one of the team members and if we’re able, the rest of the AJE team members get to play along too.
For April, the very awesome Lesley Watt of THEA Jewellery offered us these gorgeous buttons.
As usual, I completely forgot to take a photo of the component all by itself. Duh. She sent me that gorgeous reddish brown celtic button in the lower center… and I knew immediately that I wanted to do a beaded cuff.
I started off making a modified square stitch cuff in a pretty cream color with two sizes of accent beads at the “intersections.” And I actually really liked how it was coming along. The problem was, I had a cuff that I’d made last year that kept distracting me.
“Francesca….” it whispered. “Use the button for meeeee…..”
I’d worn that cuff a lot, until I broke off the clasp one day and tossed it into a tray to be repaired. Later. Much later. Apparently.
“What could it hurt to just look?” I thought.
Who was I kidding? It was perfect. I loved the color with the green and the opalized Czech glass beads running down the center have almost exactly that color of deep rusty orange in the flash.
I’ve worn this for the last couple of days, and it’s made me very happy. The beadwork is supple and slinky, like fabric, and this beautiful button gives it heft.
I think I’ll wind up finishing the cream cuff, just because the colors are so great for summer, and I might have to head over to Lesley’s online shop for another button to go with it. But this one is spoken for.
Want to see what everyone else did with their buttons?
Francesca Watson <— YOU ARE HERE!