The seed beads are Czech glass with that rainbow finish I love as it reminds me of copper patinas on metal. I paired the seed beads with some lovely, deep purple Chinese crystals with flashes of the same orange/pink/golds.
One of the biggest challenges was deciding on what button I wanted to use to finish off the piece. I could have gone one of three ways:
|The colors couldn't have matched more perfectly|
|The purples in the Czech glass compliment the crystals|
|Two little tropical fish - metal enameled buttons|
So what did I end up going with you ask?
|Swimming in their own coral reef garden|
The tropical fish won the day! The blue Czech glass might be a more elegant finish - better suited perhaps to a formal dinner out. The butterfly would have been simply beautiful. But I loved the fun and sass of these little guys.
I just added it to Etsy this morning: this is my first bracelet I've actually added for sale there. Several friends have been pushing me to list some of my larger pieces (besides just earrings) on the site. Their suggestion is to think of it as a portfolio of my work. I'm hoping/planning to add additional larger pieces over the next several weeks. We'll see how it goes.
I've also added a listing for kits in this color way, so you could make your own private coral reef.