June 27, 2012

Seeing Dragons in My Sleep

Ever have one of those pieces that just "works"?  Where the colors and the patterns and the textures and everything just seem to click and make the piece greater than the sum of its parts?  I had a dried flower arrangement once that sat next to a ceramic lamp and together they were just perfect.  Then my dog got hold of the flower basket and tore it into a billion little pieces (and drug dried flower remnants all through the whole house, thank you very much).  I had a replacement made, but it just wasn't the same.  Somehow, the perfect connection had been broken.

These dragon bracelets seem to be that perfect combination.  The button I use as a centerpiece is just lovely with flowing, swirly lines and a raised dragon spewing flame.  I surrounded it with khaki cord and matte metallic khaki iris seed beads in a scallop design.  I love this piece.  The colors in the beads compliment the copper and the khaki and there's enough color to keep it from being bland but they're muted enough to make the piece fairly neutral.

I have the button in silver and brass, too, and I've also made other combinations.
I even used one of the copper buttons as a focal in a bead embroidery cuff piece:
But I always come back to my first combination.  I had orders for so many of them I had to make five in one weekend:
I was seeing dragons in my dreams!  If I had a "signature" piece, it would be this bracelet, but I hope I never have to mass produce them again;)

20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I love the design and the mixture of materials. Wonderful post! Can't wait to see more! :)

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  2. Gorgeous designs! Your macrame is always beautiful.

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  3. Wonderful designs! Your macrame skills are fantastic!!!

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  4. Incredible work! Your pieces are just beautiful. I have tried micro-macrame before & I never get the knots even. I'm adding you to my Etsy circle :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, even knot tension is the key to making micro-macrame look good - it just takes a little practice.

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  5. I do love this piece. You are so right that some things just click.

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    1. Don't you wish you could figure out the magic formula that makes things work? :)

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  6. Love your work! Simply beautiful!

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  7. Those are pretty! I'm in bead soup too. ingetraud.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, Inge - your lampwork beads are amazing!!

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  8. I'm afraid now that I've seen this again--and you've posted it for others to ogle!--you may have to start mass production again!!! Lovely.

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  9. I just took Joan Babcock's class and your beautiful work inspired me to get knotting this weekend! Beautiful work!

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    1. Oh, you lucky lucky girl! I'd practically kill to take one of Joan's classes. *sigh* Was it wonderful? Is she nice? What did you make?

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  10. Oh my goodness! I would love to take a class with you. That bracelet is just perfect.

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  11. do you sale a tutorial or pattern for it?
    I love it
    Debbie

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