Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sequins are a Girl's OTHER Best Friend

I'm not going to diss diamonds in any way, shape or form because let's face it... they sparkle and they rock!  BUT sequins, they too sparkle and what I've found out is that they really can bring a pop of wow into a design instantly!

Welcome to the reveal for the Sequintastic September blog hop.  Our challenge as set forth by Sarah Sequin herself was to use sequins in a design.  For those of us that have never used sequins before this was a great adventure in exploration!

I created a bead embroidered cuff bracelet featuring a vintage glass button as a focal.  I loved the silver metallic and it played so well with my silver sequins!  The sequins I chose to use as accents in an asymmetrical yet balanced design.  The cuff is beaded starting with a black color palette in the center, then variegating out to greys using marble (the rectangle beads) and finally the very ends are white.  I actually used a clear AB sequin and cut it to line up perfectly with the beading for the final finishing touch!

I've used a fun button as a clasp with a sparkly crystal in the center!  I've had a blast wearing the cuff as it just keeps catching the light and turning heads every time I wear it!  If you'd like a cuff bracelet made just for you, contact me and let's have a discussion about what you're looking for! Each piece I make is one of a kind and made true to the personality of the person that will be wearing it!

So let's keep the party rolling!  Today is National Coffee Day - which is so fitting as I'm celebrating the anniversary of my entrance onto this planet!  How appropriate is that?  Here's to festive parties, cake and lots of sequins!



Please take a moment to stop by and visit Sarah Sequin and these other great sequin artists to see where the inspiration took them!  Sarah, your organization of this event was exceptional.  I had a blast and I'm sure lots of other designers did as well! Thank YOU for putting it together! Have a fantastic day!
{Hugs!}
Dawn
Participants!!!!

Dita... http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Ambra... http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com
Audrey... http://hotpinkquilts.blogspot.com
Stacy... http://iridalsattic.blogspot.co.uk
Karen W...  http://baublicious.blogspot.com
Lori...  http://www.prettythingsblog.com
Lisa... http://lisabinkley.typepad.com
Carmi... http://resincrafts.blogspot.com

Dawn Marie...  http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com <-- YOU ARE HERE

Jeannie... http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
Shirlee... http://www.shirleestuff.blogspot.com
Linda... http://www.lilysofthevalleyjewerly.blogspot.com
Corrine... http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com
Gutukas... http://atradimutakeliais.blogspot.com
Shannon... http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com
Mallory... http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com
Cyndi... http://www.beading-arts.com
Maneki... http://wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com
Maryanne... http://zingalasworkshop.blogspot.com
Ine... http://jewelsbyine.blogspot.com
Karen... http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Kepi... http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Jennifer... http://jenniferstumpf.blogspot.com
Misty...  http://thejollyfatelf.blogspot.com
Dot... http://speediebeadie.blogspot.com
Hope... http://craftyhope.blogspot.com
Cynthia... http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Micheladas... http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Shirley...  http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Karla... http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Eleanor... http://eleanorpigman.blogspot.com
Therese... http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Rita... http://www.toltecjewels.blogspot.com
Robyn... http://rcponders.wordpress.com
Stepha... http://skwds.blogspot.com
Sue... http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Cate... http://fulgorine.wordpress.com
Amy... http://Loraamyjames.com

26 comments:

Saturday Sequins said...

Happy birthday, Dawn!!!

Your cuff is incredible! I love the way you combined the sequins, seed beads and button -- very dramatic and elegant.

Thanks for participating, and thank you so, so much for your comment about my organization! It means a lot to me.

I may hold another blog hop in April, and you're more than welcome to join.

Gutukas said...

A great cuff- a few sequins and voila :)I am away, but coming and will do the hop too ;)

Regina said...

Happy Birthday! Love the bracelet, this is quite the challenge, working with sequins.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

A lovely piece, what a great cuff. It would be so fun to wear. Nice contrast of materials. xox

Therese's Treasures said...

Happy Birthday Dawn!

You know I love your work and this cuff is no exception! I love the color palette of the black fading into white beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Therese

Misty said...

Happy Birthday! Love the bracelet!

Misty
The Jolly Fat Elf

Mary Hicks said...

I can't believe you made wild, sparkly sequins look absolutely elegant! You have a great eye and a great design sense. While my piece is over the top crazy, yours is like and evening at the opera. Just lovely!

Kepi said...

Beautiful bracelet...like how you incorporated the sequins. Love the colors.

AntiquityTravelers said...

That is gorgeous! Love the cuff

Shirlee Fassell said...

Great bracelet love the button and the sparkle ...... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

CalibyCreations said...

Happy Birthday Dawn! Your cuff bracelet pictures are a wonderful gift to us.

BRB, going to get more coffee.

Karen Williams said...

Happy happy birthday! My friends sing a rendition of Happy Birthday to the William Tell overture (it's lots of Happy Birthdays sung to the tone). You can imagine it being sung to you!

Love the cuff - looks like such fun to wear! Beautiful!

Beadwright said...

Yes yes diamonds are a girls best friend however the sequins are a close second. Love your piece.
Nicole/Beadwright

rcponders said...

Hi Dawn,
Beautiful bracelet! I love the victorian feel of this piece and the focal stone is perfect.
Have a wonderful birthday!!

Shirley said...

You know you are the queen of cuffs, right? Can't even begin to tell you how much I love this cuff. Your designs are so fresh and striking, and the sequins added a very cool element.

CraftyHope said...

What a super elegant bracelet. You really did something special with those sequins. Wonderfully done!

Bobbie said...

Beautiful! The sequins are such a nice, unexpected accent to the bracelet. I hope you get to wear your fabulous creation out to a great birthday celebration!

Lori Anderson said...

Happy Birthday! And what a gorgeous cuff! That looks like it took forever to make.

Micheladas said...

Happy Cake Day!!!

I love what you have done with the sequins. Your work is gorgeous.

Jeannie said...

Happy Birthday. I absolutely admire people who can bead weave and this cuff is silver sparklelisious

Maryanne said...

I love your cuff! The sequins look perfect!

Maneki said...

A bit belated, but happy birthday!

Beautiful bracelet, love the colours and the design. Very good use of the sequins!

fulgorine said...

Lovely mix of different elements and sparkle.

Azure Accessories said...

Hey there birthday girl...hope you had a wonderful day!

Gorgeous bracelet, your beading never fails to amaze me.
Cheers

Jewels By Ine said...

What a special piece! it's very beautifull, girls other best friend for sure! :)

SueBeads said...

Beautiful! And belated Happy Birthday!

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