Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Denim Bracelet for Bracelets of Hope

Well, the Bracelet Blog Hop has officially begun!  I was asked to design a bracelet for 7000 Bracelets of Hope and blog about it. We were asked to design an adult size bracelet with blue beads (denim blue/jean themed).  All the bracelets from this Bracelet Blog Hop will then be mailed off to The Global Genes Project and will be distributed to the families of children with rare diseases. What a great way to show them them that they are supported and loved!  Well, this is the bracelet that I designed.

I love denim...who doesn't. I like the fact that Polymer Clay is so versatile, so I tried coming up with something similar to denim. Lucky for me, I still had a package of Studio by Scupley in "Denim Jean" no less (they have been discontinued for now).  I then used a small piece of denim to texture my clay and made it into a disc-shape...baked it and white washed it. After the disc bead was made, I felt something was was a little too plain, so I cut a few strips of denim material and incorporated in with the bead.  I then added the czech and blue glass pearl beads on a few of the links on the bracelet. The bracelet measures approximately 8"  (is adjustable) and attached to the end of the links is a little charm that says, "Hope".

If you would like to know more about this campaign or would like to donate, please click here.

Here is a list of all the participants for the Bracelet Blog Hop (for the 7000 Bracelets of Hope).  If you have time, check a few of them out. I am sure you will enjoy the Blog hop...I certainly will!

Bracelet Blog Hop

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle
3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9.  Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T
24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
28.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 
30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 

31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 
33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 
34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 
35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 
37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. 
38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 
40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box 
42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 
45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio 
46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31
56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66.  Norma Agron, Norma's Clay
67.  Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
74.  Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked
80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 

81.  KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads
82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love 
84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy 
85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique
89.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92.  Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 
102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne

 111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.

Thanks for stopping by today and have an awesome day!


  1. That BEAD ROCKS!!!! VERY COOL!!!!
    this is a great bracelet!!!!
    m.e. :)

  2. Wow. . . I had no idea that polymer clay could look so much like blue jeans!

    You've done a wonderful job with this 'challenge' and I'm sure the family will be pleased to wear your creation.

  3. WOW!! very pretty! unbelievable bead!

  4. I love that bead, and the bracelet is terrific!

    Thank you for participating!

  5. Kismet! I love when supplies jump out right when you need them, don't you? Lovely bracelet!

  6. I love the focal bead. It's like a mini fascinator :-)

  7. so cute, reminds me of a wrist corsage

  8. I love your focal bead! Your bracelet is so unique and pretty.

    I like your playlist too!

  9. Very nice love the faux denim in polymer and the denim fringe was just the right touch. Love how the dangles are all gathered up near your focal.
    Great design!!

  10. Wow, I thought you had a covered button until I read your blog post. Great work on the focal and the bracelet.

  11. Beautiful design! I love the denim bead...very cool!

  12. Hello...I live around the corner in Peoria.

    Love your denim bead bracelet...too cool.

    And, thanks for the kudos.

  13. Lupe, what a beautiful design. I especially love how you clustered the beads around the focal. Someone will be so thrilled to receive your handcrafted bracelet!

  14. Beautiful bracelet, love the jeans focal!

  15. So creative! I love the "denim" bead.

  16. What a Beautiful Bracelet friend!!! Thanks so much in sharing your creativity & HOPE for this very worthy cause!

  17. What a great idea! I love your focal, and it looks so pretty with the beads you chose. It reminds me of a denim and lace combination - very innocent and sweet!

  18. Would be fun to get me private.

  19. Beautiful! I love your "denim" polymer focal bead. I actually thought it was denim at first. The wash really makes it a perfect match.

  20. You made that bead, Wow! I'm now a follower of your blog. Your bracelet is fabulous. #48

  21. If you wouldn't had mentioned that bead is PC I would never have known! Awesome! And I like you how incorporated those denim fringies!


  22. Awesome focal! Love the charm too!! Gorgeous all around :)

  23. Your focal bead is stunning! Love the denim wrapped around it. I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled with your work!

  24. Love your denim bead - sooooo creative!

  25. Love the denim focal bead... so pretty!

  26. Beautiful I love the denim bead!

  27. That is a *fantastic* focal you made there!!

  28. I thought that bead was covered in denim! Cool!
    Enjoy the day!

  29. I am impressed at how closely you resembled denim with the clay- very nice design!

  30. Awesome design! Loved reading about how you made it... polymer clay is so much fun!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog - I'm thrilled to have you following along! :-)