I have continued to work perfecting and experimenting my slap bracelet design. The design process has challenges. I see the patterns in my head as long rectangles, but on the wrist we can only see about one-third of the bracelet at a time, and a big part of what we can see is curving and visually compressed.
This floral bracelet was a custom order and a real joy to make. The client is Cherokee and asked me to incorporate historical beadwork elements into the design.
I played with the background and used a luster lined bead that has a lot of shimmer to highlight the contours.
Similar at first glance, but this is another custom order. I used the same bead type for the background, but repeated the floral elements from the previous bracelet along with outlined vines.
Lastly, my first Floral Double Wide Slap Bracelet. I found a vendor that has a few extra wide slap bracelets. I wanted to try a larger space to work with, but the wider bracelets are limiting in the sense that the steel insert is only so strong, and the beadwork requires a strong bracelet base. I had to double the steel inserts. The outer edges are exaggerated to give it a more animated look. While this picture doesn’t convey it fully, all the floral elements are outlined in a 24 carat gold-plated bead that really flash and highlights the shapes in the sunlight. The edging uses larger size 8 transparent red beads, and in natural light the red catches the light and outlines the bracelet shape against the skin.
This bracelet is currently for sale at Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa. I know I have done well when I want to keep it. I wanted to keep it.
All the bracelets are on a slap bracelet form. This means they change shape from a flat rectangle to a coiled bracelet due to a shaped tensile steel insert. It may sound fancy, but it is the same as the slap bracelets you played with as a kid only I have cut the steel to shape and sewed a new microsuede sheath. When slapped on the wrist the bracelets shift from flat to coiled, and retain enough tension to keep the bracelet securely on the wrist. The bracelet is flexible and moves so it never pinches like a regular cuff. I love to make them and I love to wear them.