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Butterfly Garden Bracelet

Posted on : 29-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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Creamy cultured pearls, pastel swarovski crystal pearls, & opalescent crystal beads.  Hand crochet in 14 kt gold wire with slide magnetic gold clasp.

This bracelet’s style comes from the design series Now & Forever, the first of my handmade bracelets. It is named Butterfly Garden in honor of my RPO Cottage Gardens bracelets grouping for the upcoming RPO Symphony Showhouse 2010, Noteworthy’s Boutique.  Located at The Cottages at Malvern Hill (between Thornell Road & Rt. 64) in Pittsford, New York.  May 22 to June 13, 2010  www.rposhowhouse.org

I am forever amazed at the butterfly’s fragile beauty & resiliant strength.  Butterflies fly thousands of miles to winter-over in warm climates.  In their seemingly wandering fluttering, they are able to make their way year after year & generation after generation.  Floating on lilting breezes: meandering up & down, this side & that, the butterfly accomplishes a most astounding  journey.  Have you ever tried to catch a butterfly in your hands?  It is not as simple as it would appear.  Much like some of us.  

Colorful, silken, delightful flutter-by’s!

Unicorn Glass Bracelet

Posted on : 28-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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The Unicorn Glass bracelet’s center piece is handmade glass from Unicorne Beads.  The 14 kt gold wire is crocheted in dimensional waves of small champagne & blue czech glass beads, finished with a slide clasp.

Unicorne Beads handcrafted this one-of-a-kind ornament in lampworked borosilicate glass with dichroic color: multiple micro-layers of metal oxides incorporated in the glass.  The result is an intriguing multichromatic, intricate design. It has a finely striped background & swirling, glittering clouds at the surface that look like a blue, starry milky way.

This Unicorn Glass bracelet takes my imagination away to a cottage garden with flowering fruit trees, carpets of blue forget-me-nots flowing up to shady woods, & a graceful lass glimpsing the sight of a unicorn across the way.

Aquamarine Luna Moth Lace Bracelet

Posted on : 26-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Featured, Featured Posts

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Designed as a piece in my RPO Symphony: “Cottage Gardens” bracelet series for the upcoming Noteworthy’s Boutique at the Symphony Showcase 2010www.rposhowhouse.org

This bracelet features aquamarine stones on silver wire, knit as fine & elegant as lace, with Swarovski sparkling crystals in matching hue, & sterling silver clasp.

The aquamarine stones are spaced across the bracelet like notes on a music staff.

Its delicate color & texture remind me of the beautiful Luna Moth.

“Synergy” at WXXI Auction…

Posted on : 26-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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Bidding has begun at the WXXI on-line auction for Rochester, NY’s Public Broadcasting Station. My bracelet is Lot No. M4526-76693. The donated bracelet, named Synergy, contains genuine turquiose, coral, czech seed beads, & a sterling silver clasp on silver wire. This bracelet is hand crochet in halfhard silver wire. I’m including an additional photo of this bracelet on this post, so you can see the design better. Please scroll back to my April 2, 2010 PBS On-line Auction – Rochester, NY post to read more about this bracelet. www.wxxi.org/auction

Water Lilies…

Posted on : 20-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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Water Lily bracelet featuring pink copper petals, genuine pearls, & aqua czech glass beads. Crochet wire in deep copper.  

This original bracelet is dimensional in design. Delicate filaments entwine like lily stems in clear water.

Glowing warm coppery finish. Shining clear aqua beads. Lustrous golden copper color pearls.

Water lilies are in the family of fresh water perennial herbs Nymphaeaceae. The name is derived from the Greek word nymphe, a beautiful female sprite that lives in water.

Water lilies have been admired by many people throughout time. Whether in children’s stories of frogs that sit atop the huge lily pads or in artwork of artists, water lilies catch the eye & imagination. Claude Monet celebrated the water lily pond at Giverny, France in a series of approximately 250 oil paintings in the French Impressionist style. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a stained glass panel featuring water lilies. I love canoeing amidst the water lilies on the South Bog of Rangeley Lake, Maine in the mountains. One of my dearest memories contains silky white & pink lotus petal ruffles blowing up on a tiny pond & generous swamp at the former home in the Bristol Hills of my friend, Jeannette Klute.

Lotus blossoms have been important symbols throughout time across the world. The lotus is a variety of water lily. In various cultures, it has symbolized purity, enlightenment, rebirth, wealth, & beauty. Rooted in dark, muddy, watery depths, the lotus grows up toward light to float on the surface & blossom in beauty.

Copper Dragon bracelet…

Posted on : 18-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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Copper wire crochet bracelet in two warm shades of filament. With quality glass beads of earth, water, & sky hues.  Czech glass bead droplets in quiet bronze, copper, & brass colors. Dense crochet stitches, rich with beads. Copper hook closure.

Dragon. Coppery. Wrapped around your wrist. Imagination.

Lying against warm earthy brown soil beside the lake water’s shades of aqua reflected from above, I watch the clouds move in the deep blue sky & imagine a sleek, full dragon gliding overhead.

Copper Splash bracelets…

Posted on : 12-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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This bracelet’s distinctive copper splash is cloud shape. The earthy copper color flows with fire patina of rainbow iridescence. Its wire crochet design uses combined strands of medium copper & lighter tones.  Copper & champagne czech seed beads nestle in the whirling stitches, adding happy highlights to the quiet, warm colors and friendly gatherings of small round droplets amidst the sweeping stitches. Music notes in a dance. Raindrops in summer light. 

The copper splash comes from the Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona, one of the richest copper mines in history. It is a serendipitous product of molten copper, splashing as the liquid was poured. A fire patina glows against the coppery blush.

I have only four copper splash medallions from my visit to the Copper Queen Mine. Two are connected drops like clouds & two are circular trickles like vine tendrils with buds. All are suggestive of nature’s cycles. These are very special ornaments, because they are symbolic of nature’s regenerating beauty. Each copper medallion will be used to adorn an individually designed bracelet.

In mythology, copper was associated with Aphrodite & Venus. Its warm, natural color is comfortable. As beautiful as sun-bronzed skin. The green & blue colors that develop through oxidation radiate the energy of new life & the calm of water & sky. When heated, a rainbow patina develops.

In the history of art, the first synthetic pigment calcium copper silicate contained copper as a major ingredient. This Egyptian blue (caeruleum) is a rich blue pigment. Its color will figure in some of my future Copper Splash bracelets.

PBS WXXI On-line Auction – Rochester, NY…

Posted on : 02-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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“Synergy”  Turquoise & coral on silver wire with sterling silver slide clasp.

Turquoise is a time-honored stone of protection, healing, & truth. Its ancient Egyptian name meant delight. The Apache believed it marked the end of the rainbow in the damp ground after a storm.  It is inspired by water & sky.

Red coral represents life force.

My crochet bracelet design expresses the interwining of lives, enhanced by the beauty of our natures & natural surroundings.  This bracelet’s name Synergy comes from the Greek syn-ergos = working together.  The word means combined efforts that are mutally advantageous, producing an enhanced effect greater than the sum of the individual actions.  Appropriate to our interpersonal connections: through art & other forms of communication & cooperation.  Recognize the wealth of possible synergies & participate.

This is a newly designed bracelet for the upcoming NPR WXXI on-line auction in Rochester, NY.  The auction will run from April 24 to May 8, 2010.  I’m very pleased to be able to support WXXI with this donation.  Please check their website at www.wxxi.org/auction for more information about this event.