Bead Table Wednesday

by Cindy on June 1, 2011

Welcome, first of June!  And Jack Rabbit (a tradition we say on the 1st of the month for good luck).

It’s Bead Table Wednesday and I’m sliding in just in the nick of time.  To see what’s on the tables of your fellow jewelry designing friends, please visit Heather Powers’ BTW flickr pool here.


I recently pulled out my (dusty) metal stamps to complete a custom bracelet, so I decided to make an extra metal link.  “Make a Wish”….. I find that I’ve been doing just that lately when out and about with my 2-year-old son.  He’s caught on that we blow on dandelions and watch the seeds fly – the wishing part will come next.

It’s also been a while since I made a wire bangle, so I pulled out some pretty lampwork beads by Dawn White, a flower disc by Blue Seraphim,  and some large-hole sterling silver beads.  By using nickel silver with copper to create the stamped metal link, and by using copper wire, I was able to cut down on the awfully high cost of sterling silver components.   I miss using sterling silver with abandon.



I’ll add this one to my shop soon.  (Sold, thank you).

Thanks for stopping by!


{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

mary newton June 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Oh, me, too! I’m so careful with my sterling, now. I have some nickle, though, and I’m going to try using it like this. Thus far, I’ve only used it for etching.

Anna Lear June 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

What a beautiful bracelet!! Your link came out so nicely, and the various metals work well in the piece, adding a warmth that silver lacks. I’m now hoarding my sterling, using it only for a very few pieces and for custom orders; it was $6.50/oz when I started making jewelry five years ago, and I shudder to think of how much I used thinking it could *never* go much above $10….

Rebecca Anderson June 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Absolutely gorgeous Cindy. I’ve just started using metal stamps and have completely fallen in love with using this technique…

Shelby June 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Beautiful Cindy! I love how you’ve knotted on a piece of silk! And your tag is wonderful! I hear you about the silver, but I still can’t tear myself away…my wish would be that the $$ will go back down.

Laura Twiford June 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Lovely Cindy. I have been using the fine silverplated wire instead of sterling in the most recent pieces to lower the cost to customers and keep them in the impulse buying range. I keep watching the silver prices in the hopes that they may get below $20. again anyway, then i’m stocking up again!

lynn gonzalez June 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I love this sweet bracelet, and the cool little saying to… Nice inspiration!!!! Lynn

Patty June 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Ack I hear you I haven’t used sterling in ages and am hoarding what few bits I have left. Lovely bracelet – I am dying for a set of stamps too!

lorelei June 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Your work is always so polished! I love the stamped focal! You’re so great at mixing materials with the wire! It’s effortless for you!

LeAnn June 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Gorgeous! You’ve mixed your metals beautifully. I like that the nickle is mounted on copper and avoids those nasty nickle reactions some people have. Your metal work is always so so good and the mix of beads is lovely.

Patt Van June 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Your bracelet is absolutely gorgeous! You are such an inspiration to mix up the metals! Any your wire work…simply stunning!

Preserve Jewelry Studio June 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Cindy, very pretty bracelet. Ditto on using silver sparingly. What I have on hand was a steal when I purchased it. I am glad now that I bulked up my previous purchases.

Lana June 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hi Cindy, i just love your style i just got some rivets can’t wait to try them out i wished you lived closer so u could give me a real live tutorial ot two take care ttfn L:)

Susan Kennedy June 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

It is beautiful! I think we’ll all have to get used to using something other than sterling, which stinks…

Jeanette June 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Cindy, I love how this bracelet came out!

kim June 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm

What a fun bangle. I am a hoarder too of what little silver wire I have. I have been reading that people are using the gold filled as a way to keep costs down. Get that camera out and pics of fat jolly cheeks blowing seeds!

Judy June 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I have missed seeing your creations and this bracelet is a feast for the eyes! I love the coil bangle and your focal is just perfect as usual!!

sharon June 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm

This piece is gorgeous Cindy, I love your metalwork, and the combo of beads are great, bright and summery!

Erin Prais-Hintz June 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Oh yes! I love this so very much. Coincidentally, that is the exact sentiment that I am playing around with right this very moment. Are we on the same wavelength, or what?
Enjoy the day!

Becky Caldwell June 2, 2011 at 12:20 am


(sorry to have been away for SO long). 🙂 I have missed you.

Renate June 2, 2011 at 1:44 am

So lovely – the bracelet is sweet and I love the tag! So good to see some of your work again.

jenni Connolly June 2, 2011 at 4:06 am

That is a gorgeous little bracelet, of course I love the stamped focal the most, but the beads are not far behind! I think just about everyone are adapting their metals these days – makes for a wonderful and creative new approach is what I say!

Kristen June 2, 2011 at 10:34 am

Cindy that is AWESOME!!!

Alice June 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

What a gorgeous bangle! My favorite part is the Make A Wish link. I’ve been hording my silver too, and thinking about trying the silver filled stuff that is just coming out. I hear it works much the same as sterling…..but first I have to sell a lot of stuff before I spend any more cash.

Lupe Meter June 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

Beautiful bangle…love it!

CraftyHope June 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Oh! That bracelet is FAB! Beautiful work.
I’ve never heard the “Jack Rabbit” thing, but if that means good luck I guess there’s no harm in saying a little phrase. 😉

vintagesusie June 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

My wish would be to be able to go to ARTBLISS one fun would that be!!Thanks Cindy for your sweet comment, I am excited & it was made even better by seeing the ARTBLISS ad in the back…thank you for all the wonderful opportunities you have given me, they have helped me FLY!!!
Big Hugs,

sandi m June 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Beautiful bracelet Cindy!
I was at Gem Show over the weekend – silver anything was at crazy prices, although the vendor I worked for still has the lowest prices on sterling chains.
I did notice more pewter beads, nickel silver and silver filled.
I think the the big caveat is to really know what you’re buying and disclose what you’re selling. Just because it looks like “silver” doesn’t make it sterling. One vendor with custom pieces switched from using sterling to nickel silver and thought the nickel silver really contained some silver!!

Kayla June 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Beautiful!! I still have yet to use my metal stamps….Actually I first have to figure out HOW to use my metal stamps. Lol

I guess I’m not ready for that phase yet >.<

Tracy June 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

So Cool! Love the colors!

Lori Anderson June 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I told you in the email that I loved this — and I really need to learn how to make a bangle. And learn to stamp. And a million other things! You’re just marvelous at jewelry.

Sandy Richardson June 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Oh Condy I really like your creation. and It pleases me so that you are using copper. I love copper and I have an Etsy Shop dedicated to copper jewelry. It could be our new gold :>) Be Blessed

Sandy Richardson June 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Oh Cindy, I really like your new creation. and It pleases me so that you are using copper. I have as Etsy Shop decicated to copper jewelry. It could be our new gold. :>)
Be Blessed

Sally Russick June 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Cindy, your bangle bracelet is GORGEOUS!

I miss working in silver too! I just run out of 20g and debating whether to reorder or wait. Though I have been taking a serious liking to 16g copper lately, especially when it’s patinaed.

cristi clothier June 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

great bracelet, cindy! that link you made is adorable. you make me want to get out my tools and do some riveting!

Cindi June 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

The bracelet is beautiful! Love it and I love the tag. I love copper and I love the tags. I am exploring new techniques….this one I love. You have inspired me to try metal stamping. Thank you.

Cindi June 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Just reread my comment… many times did I use the word love????

Julie K. June 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Amazing! I am a huge fan of everything homemade, really. It is fantastic to actually wisely reuse stuff and create something like this. Thumbs up!

esther June 6, 2011 at 2:39 am

beautiful bracelet!! love when you stamp metal!!

Stacie June 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I really miss using silver with abandon too…great shots!!!

amy June 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I’d love to win!!! so jealous of your trip. if i could stop spending so much money on beads i could save up to go to B&B and buy beads! LOL

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