7000 Bracelets for Hope - My Blue Bracelet Revealed!

Today is the day! We all finally get to unveil our bracelets for the 7000 Bracelets for Hope Project. I'm so excited to see what everyone has made!

I really had fun with this one, and a bit of a struggle too. But I think that is what creating is all about - pushing yourself to try new things and expand on old ideas... and it's even better when you get to create for such a wonderful and worthy cause!

Blue was once my favorite color, then I discovered I wasn't very good at creating with it. So it got left behind and I've worked mainly in autumn colors and neutrals. Blue never disappeared entirely and recently it made a comeback in my jewelry and I'm liking it more and more. So I jumped (a little hesitantly at first) at the challenge to make something new in blue when Lori Anderson over at Pretty Things told us about her idea for a challenge and blog hop centered around the 7000 Bracelets for Hope Project.

For my bracelet, my immediate thoughts were of spring, butterflies, sky blue, and bluebirds - all somehow in bead form. I wanted something really special. I spent several days arranging and rearranging my thoughts into a bracelet. I went the turquoise route, and then teal with brass findings and a bit of brown. Bluebirds were the theme for quite a while, but that never came together quite right. I dug deeper into my stash of beads. I found some pretty little opalites (a stone I hadn't ever used before, but couldn't pass up when the sparkle caught my eye), blue agate, and some of my own polymer clay beads in a periwinkle-blue with violet. My metal changed to silver and I threw in a large white agate to mix up the symmetry a bit... and a sprinkling of butterflies... Ta-da! My blue bracelet for 7000 Bracelets for Hope!

I really do love to create something special for someone. Whenever I'm working on a gift or a custom order, I find myself agonizing over every little detail. I want the finished piece to be absolutely perfect. But even more than that, I want its new owner to love it, I want it to bring a smile to their face, and give them a little spot of happiness in their day.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed seeing my bracelet and reading its story. And now I'm off to join the hop and see all the beautiful blue bracelets everyone has created.

Here's the list of all the participants:

 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 You are here!
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.

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  1. I hear ya! blue is always hard for me to create with...I am more of a turquoise or aqua gal (but earth tones dominate my work!) Love what you did. It really turned out great.

  2. Very cool beads - beautiful bracelet.

  3. As always your work is lovely! Such a worthy cause!

  4. what a very lovely bracelet...I love your beads! I enjoyed reading through your thought process behind the bead choices and the final design. I'd say you did blue great justice for this project...congratulations!

  5. LOVELY !!!
    Wonderful bead combination !
    Great ploymer clay !!!
    m.e. :)

  6. Wonderful. .this beauty of a bracelet makes me sigh at it's loveliness! I'm sure it will lift the spirits of the family who receive it.

  7. That is so PRETTY!!!!! I love the polymer clay beads!!!

    Thank you so much for participating!

  8. The polymer beads are beautiful, I love the shape. Very pretty piece!

  9. This is so gorgeous and versatile! I can easily see the recipient wearing this every single day and smiling!

  10. I love your bracelet and especially the polymer beads. You should work in blue more often ;-)

  11. It's beautiful, the butterflies add a lovely touch.

  12. I love your periwinkle-blue polymer clay beads! Your bracelet is beautiful and the recipient will be blessed.

  13. Love the beads and the little charm butterflies - the person who receives this is going to treasure this piece!

  14. Such a sweet bracelet. The little bow charms are adorable.

  15. What a lovely blue garden you've created!

  16. Periwinkle is my favorite color! Love your polymer beads and the butterflies. Perfect!

  17. Love your polymer clay beads- lovely color combo and the stones you chose to go with them- perfect!!

  18. Oh that turned out really well. You are fooling yourself when you say you do not create well in blues.

  19. Beautiful bracelet, and you put so much thought into it - Nice!

  20. great mix of polymer & stone. I also really like the stone stacks/bundles

  21. Blue is my favorite color too and not something I use in my work. This is beautiful! Your polymer beads are great! Someone will be smiling when they see this gift!

  22. What a very lovely piece, so beautiful and soothing. I have bookmarked your site to come back after all the hopping is over!

  23. That is a lovely bracelet! Someone will be very happy to receive it!

  24. Very unique - you have a great sense of style. Your work is beautiful.

  25. Well you hit your mark - this is sure to bring a smile to whoever is gifted it! ...I'm so thrilled to be featured among all you talented Artisans!

    Robyn Hawk

  26. Goodness, your bracelet truly sparkles! I love those polymer clay beads you've used here...

  27. Love the addition of the butterflies!

  28. Dainty yet elegant...beautiful design! I love your polymer clay beads! Just became a follower! 8D

  29. Dainty yet elegant...beautiful design! I love your polymer clay beads! Just became a follower! 8D

  30. This is so pretty!!! And your beads are stunning.

  31. Butterflies are like flying wishes and hopes.

  32. Isn't it funny how the beads sometimes find you, instead of the other way around? I love the way your piece turned out - very pretty and lighthearted.

  33. Love your beads and butterflies. Lovely bracelet. And thanks so much for stopping by my blog with such kind words.

  34. Such a beautiful bracelet friend! Thank you for sharing your creativity & hope for this very worthy cause!!

  35. I'm making my way through all 112 participants of this blog hop. I've truly enjoyed all the blogs that joined in. Your bracelet is very pretty too. I'm now a follower of your blog. #48 I love the beads and the design!

  36. Great bracelet. Love your polymer beads!!

  37. Soooo cool, who doesn't love butterflies.

  38. Very pretty! Love the beads!

  39. What a lovely bracelet! Your polymer clay beads are beautiful, and I adore the butterflies. Awesome piece!

  40. Love it! Your blue beads are wonderful!

  41. LOVE this cute little creation! ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  42. Gorgeous piece! It's stunning and I love those beads.

  43. I like the texture on those beads and the mix of the white ones,that look as if floating on a cloud. Enjoy the day!

  44. I appreciated your story about your creative process... it really can be like that! I think you should be very proud of where the explorative process led you, because your bracelet is beautiful! I love the opalite, but those polymer beads of yours steal the show! Beautiful!

  45. Lovely poly beads, and the butterflies are so pretty! Beautiful work!

  46. Your polymer beads are just beautiful! What a nice mix of beads and charms :-)

  47. I like how you arranged the pebble stones to look like the polymer clay beads! Very cool design!