Wrapped, Stacked & Layered Challenge

by Cindy on April 21, 2012


Tracy Statler of Make Bracelets issued a challenge, one that caught the eye of many of us in this jewelry community.  We were challenged to make a collection of bracelets, stacked-wrapped-and-layered – sound like fun?  In Tracy’s words:

The trend of wrapped, stacked and layered bracelets has been around for awhile and it shows no signs of stopping!  Bracelets of all kinds mixed together in new and unique ways are bigger than ever. The coolest part is this bracelet layering Paloozza can be adapted for all styles!

 

For my stacked, wrapped & layered bracelet collection, I narrowed down the daunting realm of possibilities by picking a color scheme and components that I knew I wanted to work with.  I paired both bronze and brass metals with mother of pearl to create an eclectic yet cohesive grouping of bracelets.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to try a few new techniques – it was like each bracelet was a mini lab experiment.

 

After taking the mesh bangle class last weekend at Bead Fest, I was interested in seeing what SilverSilk was all about out on the showroom floor.  Now we didn’t use SilverSilk in class, but rather vintage mesh chain.  The Silver Silk chain is somewhat similar though and is made with very fine knitted wire.  They offered a kit that is much like the leather wrap bracelets that are popular now.  I loved this alternative – incorporating wire rather than the traditional leather version…I added a bronze wire hook clasp.

 

In this next set of bracelets, I did use a bit of faux suede and knotted it with new brass beads I bought last weekend from Hands of the Hills.  The clasp is plump, round antique button.  For the wire bangle, I attached a vintage mother of pearl buckle to a piece of half-round red brass wire that was first tumbled smooth.

 

I love how this next bracelet turned out…what could be better – the combination of sari silk ribbon and old rhinestone chain!  If you’d like to learn how to make a braided bracelet like this, check out the fabulous tutorial on Miss Lovie’s blog right here.

 

I just had to mix in some straight wirework.  I used brass wire for this bangle, along with new rose bud components from Hands of the Hills (can you tell I spent a bit of time in their booth at Bead Fest?).  You can find my tutorial to make a similar wire bangle in Denise Peck’s book, Wire Style 2.

 

I really had fun with this next bangle.  I’m drawn to jewelry that combines old bits and pieces with a touch of fiber.  In this bracelet, I used a brass strip as the base to stitch old mother of pearl and rhinestone buttons.  I even stitched on a few seed beads.  That’s what I loved about this challenge – the excuse to purposely mix things up!

 

Thank you, Tracy, for hosting this FUN challenge!

The list of Challenge participants – let’s see how everyone stacked and layered their bracelets!

 

makebraceletsblog.com

ahteesblog.blogspot.com

songbeads.blogspot.com

sadafulee.blogspot.com

beadlolabead.blogspot.com

stringsattachedcindi.blogspot.com

carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

cathiecarroll.blogspot.com

pinterest.com/chrisdeweerd

beatnheart.blogspot.com

 

storiestheytell.blogspot.com

tellyourgirlfriends.com

mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

copperdiem.blogspot.com

copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com

greenshoot.blogspot.com

twentytwelve-mmxii.blogspot.com

delle56.blogspot.com

elizabeth-marengoalhajas.blogspot.com

treasures-found.blogspot.com

 

erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com

ferrarioriginalsyahoocom.blogspot.com

facebook.com/handcraftedserenity

PaisleyDesignStudios.com

pixiloo.blogspot.com

hintjewelry.blogspot.com

silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com

daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com

jazzierich.blogspot.com

site.jkdjewelry.com/blog

 

jeanetteblix.com

glassaddictions.com

jerrisjems.com

howienjoylife7997.blogspot.com

overthemoon-design.com

katerichbourg.com

pinterest.com/kk0725/stack-it-up-bracelets/

kimmykats.com

kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com

lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

 

 

lelamccracken.blogspot.com

etsy.com/shop/goingtribal

inspiredadonments.blogspot.com

lorelei1141.blogspot.com

freshbakeddesigns.wordpress.com

lindysdesigns.blogspot.com

maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com

maureenmeanswell.blogspot.com

maybejustperhaps.blogspot.com

beadrecipes.wordpress.com

 

tekaandzoe.blogspot.com

miri100.blogspot.com

melissameman.blogspot.com

kenshostudio.com

beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.com

havanabeads.blogspot.com

eclecticteaenshrinements.blogspot.com

roxidesigns.blogspot.com

stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com

thestudiosublime.com

 

sandivolpe.com

sharondriscoll.blogspot.com

sedillohillstudio.blogspot.com

sunshinebliss.com

sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

MiShelDesigns.com

aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com

blueberrycrazy.deviantart.com/gallery

uniqueboutique-creativetouch.blogspot.com

starhitchedwagon.blogspot.com

 

terrabeadworks.com

theresestreasures59.blogspot.com

sweetbeadstudio.com  (you are here!)

missyrappaport.blogspot.com

mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com

fredbeansnook.com/blog

Thank you for stopping by!

- Cindy


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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa April 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

These bracelets would go with just about everything I think! Love the braided chain and ribbon and the bangle with the rosebuds.

Beth Hemmila April 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm

These are so elegant and antique looking! I love the combinations and how they each feel like special mementos. xoxo Beth

Cathie Carroll April 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

So many great textures and shapes, I’d wear them all.
I especially love your version of the classic leather wrap, it’s very elegant.

Alice May 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Can you believe I’m just getting to the end of the participant list? Your bangles are so elegant and lovely. They are the perfect combination of warm metals, soft fibers, sparkly beads and a vintage touch. Gorgeous!

lisa February 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Cindy, did you use wire instead of thread on your silversilk wrap bracelet? Ive wondered if that was possible…what gauge wire did you use? I just love it!!

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