Between gardening, work, and family summer fun, I've managed to squeeze in some charm making for the round robin bracelet charm swap. It's been a fun project because it's not a huge investment in any way, most especially time, but it keeps the creative juices flowing. Above is the bracelet I mailed out on July 1st, with a "By the Sea" theme. I was surprised to see most of the charms already added were pale or pearly and without a lot of color. I added the sliced shell with a little glass teardrop bead, the beach glass look bead, and the blue wavy disc in the background which says "breathe." I'm technically only supposed to add one, but sometimes it's just too hard to make the decision!
Below is the charm for the next bracelet, which is mailed on August 1st. The theme was "Mona Lisa Smile" and I had no idea what I might create for this! The bracelet had lots of images of the Mona Lisa, some complete and some partial, and I felt it didn't need any more. I opted for this painter's palette and mini paintbrush. I'm happy with the way it all turned out. The paintbrush was particularly tricky - I used a very narrow piece of copper tubing, some thin copper wire, and some embroidery floss.
I decided to forge Da Vinci's signature on the back. Pretty funny, right?
I also chose paint colors that might be found in the original painting and were prevalent in the other charms - deep, rich jewel tones. Here is the whole bracelet below. It's really looking great, don't you think? I'm sure the owner of it will be really pleased when she gets it back in December.