I'm so excited to finally be able to share this with you!!! I've had it finished for a few days and it's been killing me to keep it a secret. Here's the scoop: Jo at Daisychain Designs sent out five of her pretty flower bangles with a challenge to see what we would do to decorate them. This is what the bangle looked like before I started:
When it showed up in my mailbox, I almost panicked! It was so dainty and pretty just as it was, I couldn't figure out what I could do to it without detracting. So, I sat it on the table next to me and stared at it for several days and ran different ideas through my head. I thought about doing some macrame around the bangle - a half knot sinnet twisting around the bangle with some tiny seed beads entwined in the cord, but that just didn't seem special enough. Then I considered making it part of a stack of bracelets - I'm big into the layered stacks right now. But again, it seemed like making this bangle just one of many just wouldn't be doing it justice. And then...
My Vintaj Patinas arrived in the mail and added another dimension to the possibilities. I was very nervous about painting the bangle, so I painted some little copper beads instead and auditioned them on my facebook page to decide which color to use.
The teal color won - and no, I didn't tamper with the voting (even though it's the color I wanted!). I finally got up the nerve to paint the flower part of the bangle, and since the orange color came in second in the voting, I added a pop of that to the center of the flower. After that dried, I mixed some colors together and added some glaze to get a thinner consistency to "antique" my flower and highlight the texture a bit. The rest was easy - I wrapped the bangle in a length of chartreuse sari silk and then wrapped some copper wire around that, adding in just a sprinkling of beads for interest. I made a companion bracelet in macrame with matching cord and mottled glass beads.
I'm really happy with the finished piece - of course, it helps when you start out with something so beautiful. Many thanks to Jo for making such a lovely bangle and for hosting this challenge. Hop on over and see what Jo and the other participants did with their bangles:
Jo Tinley - Daisychain Designs
Shannon Chomanczuk - For My Sweet Daughter
Jenny - Shyme Design
Keri Lee Sereika - Pink Lemonade
Heidi Post - Ex Post Facto Jewelry