Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wrapped, Stacked and Layered.

The REVEAL..
SATURDAY APRIL 21




That is the title of the challenge that the lovely Tracy over at “Make Bracelets” has put together.
 I thought well why the heck not...cause I’ve been banging out the bangles
since my girl FancifulDevices had put out her " Gypsy Bangle Stacks tutorial”.


It all started modestly enough



A few Czech seed beads...some glass beads and a swallow
charm I had from a past life.

Then I had some blue and grey ties from pajamas
and old sweat pants cause I have a hard time throwing anything away
well cause I might be able to use that someday...

and a miracle happened.



I did use em...



I threaded those old cords onto the wire, wrapped them,
fluffed em..splashed some ink on  them here and there...
added buttons and bows and bells and whistles.


Then it was...





add some fabric and wrap that and wrap that again
and then what about those filagree beads you never used and
then all those seed beads you have so many of...
And then Anvil Artifacts sent me some cool brown agate beads
those will go nice with these... and two plain bangles from my
real hippy days.




Then I thought about “White Wedding”



Nice day for a white wedding


You know that old timey song from Billy Idol...
hey I think he was wearing bangle stacks in that video of the song...
anyhow what about making something for the alternative bride...
The bride that he was singing about.
so I did these with Miriam Haskell like pearls and crystals and such.




So while I was in my “White Period"



back in...oh yeah March...
I added these to the mix..





Time to start waxing them...which is what we learned
in our tutorial by the incomparable Fancifuldevices...
so I gooed on the wax...wow!  Instant aging...
Looks as if Keith Richards wore these everyday since
the 70s while he was rollin around in the gutters and
sweatin on stage and such.










Yeah I’m kinda obsessed with these...I have tried everything
I could think of so far....I’m not done yet...So many beads out there
unbangled...needing to be ...wanting to be.
orphans left alone without a purpose in life
flailing about aimlessly...wanting to belong...
littering the hiways and byways and the bottoms of you drawerways.


The Final Forty


A cumulation of my efforts and all of my techniques

so far.....



Hey...wanna make your own bangle stacks?
Here’s Fancifuldevices TUTE
Haven’t seen enough?
Want to see the rest of the gang that entered the challenge?
As soon as I can figure out how to do the link to the other
80 people that joined this I will post it down here..

Sorry couldn’t get it to work so....

This is Tracy’s site where you will find the rest of the challengers

enjoy the day and have fun looking at all these creative ladies..

71 comments:

Terra said...

Your bracelets are gorgeous, I like the pearls and it is great to wear several at once.

maureen said...

Wowser- awesome bangles- LOVE white wedding themed ones the bestest!- This stack hop IS going to be a blast!
Maureen
http://maureenmeanswell.blogspot.com/

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I LOVE the Whtte period....The waxed Pearls and all.....So imaginative...! BRAVA, My Dear!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I just can't say it enough - awesomeness!!
It's so obvious that you found your groove, your signature style.
I'm absolutely loving everything you are doing and it warms my heart that you are too.
So happy!

oldgreymare said...

caboodle is right! Yowza. These are wonderful..too bad I have gigunda wrists ;(
xx
z

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Cynthia:
Not only are we amazed, we are also truly impressed. Such wonderful items, beautifully made and each one unique. How lovely is this!

NuminosityBeads said...

Wow, look at all those bangles! How super they look all grouped together. and your photos are great as well although I must say I'm a little puzzled by the half a hand coming out of the white. Is that real?
Keep it up, girl and bangle on!
xoxo Kim

Kath said...

They are divine!

betweenreader said...

Oh gadzooks, delicious and mysterious all the way to the elbow joint! This is Essence of Bangle. You go, girl.

Gallery 13 - Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

Cynthia! WOWZER. That stack absolutely rocks! Love, Love every single one of them. I'm hoping to get more made by Saturday.

These are simply AWESOME!
Way to go. :)

13 said...

Brilliant love the oversized pearls. Also love Billy Idol, seen him twice in concert, last time I was so close I could see him sweat...And I'd rather have Billy's sweat than Kieth's!!

Anvilartifacts said...

Love your stack-o-bangles! Gorgeous! And all the wonderful props you've got going on in your photos makes for some superb eye candy. So yummy!

Gallery 13 - Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

If you figure out how to insert that list of clickable links, please let me know! I can't figure it out either.

helen tilston said...

Hi Cynthia

I just found your wonderful blog and as you new follower I look forward to knowing your work and I shall look forward to your visit and comments.

Helen

Pam said...

Awesome!! Love what you're doing!!

Mercedes said...

wauw you make really beautiful jewelry! I´ve got a GIVEAWAY on my blog with a macramé necklace (by choise and made by me) come and take a look, you will like it for sure!

http://mercedes-artenciel.blogspot.pt/2012/04/new-giveaway.html

Kiss Kiss Mercedes

fanciful devices said...

i love these!!!!!!!!! i wanna steal yr baroque pearls!
you have learned in leaps and bounds- each time yr stuff is free-er and prettier. im so proud of you!!!

fanciful devices said...

you could turn those into bank w/about 80 filler bangles, btw.

Gallery 13 - Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

I keep coming back to look at these! I just LOVE them! Exclamation Mark!

Kashmira said...

OMG!!! That many! Wow I am so impressed and they are alllll so pretty!

sandi m said...

These are fantastic!!!
My favs are all the pearls - love them!

Karen Mitchell said...

Now that's how you do bangles! Loving all the new stuff I'm learning about bangle/bracelet making here.

Lola said...

Forty bangles AND you used saved fabric scraps!?!?!?!? Now THAT'S a bracelet stack ... and a beautiful one at that! Love your hometown by the way ... I'm in Milwaukee and it's the perfect place to meet up with my Green Bay friends! =)

Lorelei Eurto said...

WOW!! Amazing set of 40!! You were definitely inspired! Love the silk and wire wrapped bracelets. They're all so romantic!

shelly said...

so very beautiful... inspiring to me because that is the kind of work i hope to accomplish as an artist...hope to be there one day!!
shelly

Jeanette said...

Wow, that's one incredible stack of bracelets!! I also love your props used to display them!

Alice said...

I'm amazed at all the techniques you used, and of all the lovely bangles that work so well together.

Tracy Statler said...

OMG! Really. I would say you are super stacked! : ) Very inspiring. I love that you used fabric from old pajamas - really incredible. Love the white and the champagne colored pearls. Thanks for sharing!

Tracy

Linda Y said...

Love all of them. The addition of the pearls with these is awesome.

TesoriTrovati said...

WOW! I got fanciful's tute too and it was indeed inspiring. I don't have the wax but I will have to find that. Your descriptions are so fun. Rolling around in the drawerways... Keith Richards. BAH! You crack me up! Enjoy the day.
Erin

Stacey said...

I adore these ALL!!! So awesome..and the fact that you used sweat pant ties just blows me away!!! Gorgeous gorgeous work!!

Penny Neville said...

Wow! So beautiful, I can see Billy Idol rocking out with bangles on his wrist!! You did a smashing job!!

Lynda said...

Great stack of gorgeousness, Cynthia! If I had to choose and who says I have to...it'd be the White Wedding. And thanks for the lead to the tute. I'll check it out.

Jo said...

Wow! Forty! I love them all, all the mix of colours and textures, and they all go wonderfully together!

jenna said...

Nothing beats the mega-stack pic. So awesome. I don't know why I haven't been following your blog, but I'm fixing that now.

Teka and Zoe said...

Love them!!

Boot ~C said...

You have really inspired me. I love all of them. Are you using the same johnsons paste wax I already have?(fingers crossed)

Roxanne Mendoza said...

Hi! I got carried away to another blog but had intended to leave a comment. I made it back though! I just wanted to say your bangles are divine...I love them! You did a great job.

Rose said...

Holy wow! So. Much. Prettiness! Gorgeous bracelets! You know, I save my pajama and sweat pants cords too. I am going to have to take a page out of your book and turn them into bracelets! :P

Pixiloo said...

Oh, wow. All of those are just amazing. I am just in awe. And, I'm heading to etsy for that tutorial .. amazing!

Pretty Things said...

If you handed me that stack I'd be happy forever.

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Wow! You were definitely bitten by the inspiration bug! Your bracelets are gorgeous and I love the huge pearls!

kim said...

Oh I have visited you 3 or 4 times today you rock! Oh my what goodness you have 40 times over!!
Fancifuldevices is gonna be busy delivering mail today!!

Rosie Moceri said...

You. totally. rock.

beadrecipes said...

What an awesome stack of bangles! They are terrific!!!

JeannieK said...

40? Oh my! This is a very impressive stack. Beautifully done!

maryharding said...

I have loved every word of this post and every bangle that you made. So glad I visited and now I am following. What fun and what talent.

Terrabeadworks said...

You are a talented artist and you have my interest.... Waxing the sari ....gotta know more about that but of course it makes sense! Love the antique romantic look- gorgeous!

Mise said...

Hugely impressive! Especially the waxing. Beatnheart Handcrafted Bangles has a good ring to it: unadorned rich wrists will flock there.

Stories They Tell said...

Ok, I'm impressed! Holy cow! Dark and light, good and evil, dirty and pure, so much philosophical stuff going on with the visual kick-- my favorite new word "unbangled" -- don't want to be THAT! You are amazing!

My Life Under the Bus said...

STOP IT!!! Too much fantasticness!! man you went all out - they are amazing!

Alice said...

Just gorgeous! The stack is so lovely all together.

maureen said...

Okay I've done the blog circuit and there were some pretty great stacks out there but I'm coming back to tell you that you rocked it best! Your bracelets are A-Maze-ing!

quisnam said...

I love love love the huge pearls - works so well. I'm gonna just have to get off my bum and try and throw some bangles together. Kate xxx

Cathie Carroll said...

Gorgeous work- unique and timeless all of them!

Holly said...

Oh. Goodness. These stacks just get better as you scroll on!! I love all of these pieces you've done here...just gorgeous!

Kensho Studio said...

Wow, Wow, Wow!! I am totally taken by your amazing stack!! Your bangles are beautiful .. the color, textures and combinations are great! I'm heading over to check out the tute and plan to blame you when I become "bangle addicted!" ha ha!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kensho Studio said...

PS Had to add that I live a few miles from Lake MI and LOVE it!!! ;-)

Emma said...

Oh my goodness, some ones been busy :0) What a stack and all so beautiful. Love that you used fabric from your old sweat pants... perfect.

Shel said...

Swoon!! Big time swoon - love these so much. Some of my absolute fav's of the challenge let me tell you! And the pearl ones, especially. Gotta love Billy Idol,...Keith Richards, too!! :-)

Jess Thomas said...

These are fantastic.

DW said...

Love, love, love, your stacks. So many and so many techniques. The wire wrapped bracelets are to die for! I saw Billy Idol in concert last summer. He still rocks! I might have to do some "Eyes without a Face" inspired jewelry.

Miri Agassi said...

Your bracelets are unique and wonderful.
I love them one by one, and as a bunch togeather.
very well done!!

Malin de Koning said...

Beautiful! Love love love what you have made! Such a great stack. And great stacks.

P.S.
I am also married to an Englishman, but mine just wind me up ;-).

CraftyHope said...

WOW oh WOW!! I've had fancifulDevices tute since she offered it up, but haven't had tome to sit down and try out the techniques yet. I hope mine come out HALF as nice as yours.
Your bracelets are FABULOUS, drool-worthy, awe-inspiring!! I lurve them!!
Thank you so much for the eye candy. :)

Beth Hemmila said...

Oh my gosh that top stack is to die for! Love the combination and the photo. xoxo Beth

La Petite Gallery said...

Cynthia, I adore the big chuncky pearls. You can do so much with them. Lovely works..
yvonne

Chris said...

Cynthia~These are soooo very great! I'm so glad you posted them all. What a stack of fun!

Joanna Jenkins said...

WoW!!!! You've been VERY busy.

High Five.

The bangles are so gorgeous and you're so creative!

xo jj

Cobalt Violet said...

So fun! I love these!
Very inspiring ... I keep everything too ... just in case!
You have my wheels turning!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Cynthia
You've been a busy bee!!! Love those seed pearls!!

Sorry I'm such a slacker.. hope you are well.. ciao xxx Julie

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