Monday, March 21, 2016

Tropical Tea Party

Spring has finally arrived which means summer is just around the corner!  I am starting to think about gardening and picnics and all sorts of outdoor activities.  It is time to create some fun jewelry!2
To make my bracelet I began with the elements I needed to make the unusual flower pendant component.  These are all available to John Bead wholesale customers and through stores across North America.  The item included:  Tropical Punch Flower Maker, Tropical Punch Curved Petals, Elastic, Resin Clay and Miniatures.
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This is John Bead's latest flower maker.  The original Flower Maker already had a crystal in the centre but they wanted to give designers the opportunity to select their own colours and products to customize their projects.
You will find a complete step by step showing you how to add the lucite petals to the flower maker on the John Bead blog  linked right here.
To add my tea party miniatures I added a little “dollop” of resin clay to the open area. Since my miniatures would be placed at odd angles, I opted to make sure my lucite petals were already in place.
You can see that I just pushed my miniatures right into the clay.  This was left to cure for 24 hours.
At first I thought about wearing my pendant on a necklace.  I gathered two sets of color strands (these are lucite beads) from Tropical Punch.  A necklace would have been nice but I opted for a bracelet instead.  Beadalon memory wire was the simplest way to make everything wearable quickly.
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The bead strands are so pretty.  It makes sense to grab two if you like the color palette.
While adding my lucite beads to the memory wire I also added a few extra seed beads.
My tea party now sits straight up from my wrist.   The final touch was a leather tassel to finish the end.
Here is a closer look at the Flower Maker component.  You can see the loops allowing you to easily attach a finished piece to any stringing material.  It is also available in silver.

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

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