Would-be bracelets in a chaotic summer



I’m quite happy with this simple bracelet design of beach rocks or sea glass with sterling silver tubing. The bracelets are strung on 1mm elastic. When I made a prototype last winter, I was concerned about the elastic rubbing against the edge of the tube and wearing out. I kept the bracelet near the TV and as Bruce and I watched a movie, I would stretch and pull against the metal tube, counting to 100 stretches, and marking it in my sketchbook. I stretched the elastic over 2,000 times, pulling it directly against the edge of the tube at least 80% of those times. No wear and tear. I also wore the bracelet, a lot, doing daily stuff both on and off the island. The design works!

As I set down to make a few of the bracelets for Alone Moose Gallery in Bar Harbor, yesterday, I could NOT find the silver tubes I ordered a few weeks ago. I looked for 2 hours, combing the house, my studio, everywhere I could think of. I had no “picture” in my mind as to where I had put them. I was looking for a package I was sure I had never opened. 20 sterling silver tubes!  I really hate wasting my time looking for something I have misplaced. It seems like the most stupid use of time there ever was. With a sinking feeling I realized I must have thrown them out.

I finished the necklaces to drop off today at Alone Moose, ate dinner, looked one more time for the tubes, and gave in. I ordered more, and set up some rocks to drill so I would be ready when the tubes arrive. As I gathered the glass cups full of rocks I noticed the edge of an invoice with “Fusion Beads” in the corner. My silver tube beads! Unpacked, but never stored in a likely place.

Is it time to clean my studio or what?!



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13 responses to “Would-be bracelets in a chaotic summer

  1. LeAnn

    I love this design! I am sort of giggling about the testing. It’s the sort of obsessive thing I might do, right down to recording the experiment. Hate when I can’t find things. Usually it means things are too cluttered or most likely my mind is too cluttered.


  2. Oy. Well now you will have a lot of them! I am always doing things like that. When you have so much stuff as we do, these things happen too much!


  3. i’m cleaning my studio too!!!! it’s still got everything out since our polymer working day in APRIL, i’m embarrassed to say! those are EXCELLENT bracelets, btw! will email soon with a million questions about our visit to maine (!!!!)…..


  4. First of all, thay bracelet design is fabulous, especially when
    Aired with such beautiful beads! Second of all…I can relate to misplacing a bag of components…happens to me all the time…


    • Barb Fernald

      Thanks Patti. The missing bags! Arrgh! At least after this happens, I tend to be a bit more organized. For a little while….’til I’m not!


  5. Absolutely delicious design. Also, it is so impressive that you go to such lengths to test the durability of your work. That along with your unselfishness in sharing your tips set your apart from the crowd. I’m a fan.


  6. Megan Smith

    People have been complimenting me on my necklace right and left, Barb. Any chance you can post a pic of all necklaces going to Alone Moose Gallery and elsewhere? That way we admirers out here in the great Pacific Northwest can view the goodies then purchase one of your delectable pieces from the gallery. Love the bracelets!


    • Barb Fernald

      Hi Megan! Thanks! I was in such a hurry to get jewelry to Alone Moose that I didn’t take time to take any photos. Usually I do, but for some reason, this last bit of July always is my craziest time for feeling overwhelmed and not getting things done. I’m hunkered down for the next three days in the studio, I hope!


  7. I like! Simple yet elegant.


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