Saturday, October 17, 2009

This Week's Project: Zen Stone Bracelet

Before I mention this week's project, I wanted to share something special with you that I have been working on for the last year and a half. I had a miraculous moment of inspiration AND confidence strike at the same! An idea came to me that I wanted to share with my fellow beaders. It occurred to me that one way to do that would be to put the ideas into a book.

It is my pleasure to announce that I will have a book coming out sometime around December '09 or January 2010. I will be mentioning more about this as things progress, but for now, the final edits have been completed and it has been sent to print. Yay! This has been a wonderfully surreal experience and one that I can't wait to share!

Now, getting back to this week's project... I bought Monday's calming matte stone bead for the purpose of making something for my co-worker that she could remove easily for the purpose of enjoying its calming zen qualities.

I used stretchy cord and just clear swarovski bicones or flowers in between them so it wouldn't distract from the stones. I had thought about using just one stone for the focal bead, but once I got started, it seemed important to have them go all the way around the wrist.

I was surprised to find this bracelet has a bit of an art deco look to it on the wrist which makes it extra cool! The more I handle these stones, the more I like them. They do have a warmth to them that you don't get with polished stones. Nice! (Yes, I made one for myself too....)

There were some great ideas left on Monday's post about using one of these stones in a simple pendant which I'll be doing tomorrow. (Thank you for the inspiration!)

I hope you are all having a nice and crafty weekend!! :)


Davinia said...

Congratulations on your up and coming book Lisa. Very exciting news.The Zen bracelet is lovely, and I'm sure your friend will be thrilled to receive it.

JustATish said...

YAY!! I can't wait for the book!!
Where will it be available??

I love this bracelet! I am a huge fan of blackstone and in this matte finish it is fabulous!

flyingbeader said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!! said...

Congratulations! Do we get a brief outline of what's in it? Pretty please. said...
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Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

How exciting!! Can't wait to hear more about your book!

SimpsonS said...

What a great bracelet. I am sure your friend will LOVE IT!!!

Congratulations on your book. What an amazing accomplishment. I can't wait to get it!

Swapna said...

Congratulations on your book !
I will definitely be amongst the first ones to pre order it ,will be waiting for it !


quiltingjewel39 said...

Congratulations about the new book coming out-how exciting!! I love the braclet - I am always drawn to smooth stones and would like to do something like that sometime. I am sure your coworker will love it!!

Lisa said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you all so much!! :)

Azure Islands Designs said...

Congratulations on your book...I can't wait to purchase it!!!

Love the is a me bracelet the kind I like to wear!!!


Jeannie said...

Lisa, that's great! Congratulations on your book.

The bracelet does have a zen-like quality.

TesoriTrovati said...

A book? How exciting! I can't wait to hear more about this!
Enjoy the day!

antique engagement rings said...

Oh ,that is a fun piece. Love the design and the color combo - divine. Screams summer to me! And I'm so looking forward to that season!