7000 Bracelets for Hope

For the past few months I’ve been fortunate to participate in challenges for ZnetShows.  My last blog was a partner challenge.  This time, the challenge is from the heart.

According to the Global Genes Project there are over 7,000 rare genetic diseases.  Families with loved ones with one of these rare diseases don’t have a large support community on which to rely, and they have the same need for research and development of drugs and treatment processes.  7000 Bracelets for Hope was a campaign to bring recognition and support for these causes.   Bracelets are donated to families in shades of blue, representing “health, healing and faith.”  If you want to know more about the Global Genes Project and 7,000 Bracelets for Hope, then follow the link.

On to the challenge…

For this challenge, ZnetShows generously donated two different choices of blue beads from their catalog.  I chose a navy blue glass pearl in an 8mm size and Sapphire’s Blue mix of Chinese crystal rondelles.  I probably spent an hour online picking out just the right beads.  ZnetShows has SO many beautiful choices.  Fortunately for me, my best beading buddy is also part of this design challenge.  We decided early on to choose complementary beads and share the wealth.  Susan chose a navy blue glass pearl in the 6mm size and some beautiful sea glass rounds –surprise!-also in blue.

The photo is not great, but look at the lovely beads I received.

bluebeadsYou’ll have to trust me and not the photograph.  The glass pearls are simply beautiful–a rich shade of navy.  The crystals have at least three different shades of blue.  I started digging in my stash of silver right after that picture was taken.  This challenge was going to be fun.

My first bracelet uses one of my favorite mediums –chain maille.  I have a stash of shiny aluminum rings that were just crying out to be used in this project.  I made several Moebius rings and connected them to some of the pearls.  A simple charm I made using a pearl and a silver heart finding  completed the look.  I didn’t use much blue for this one–next bracelet would be different, I decided–but I like the look.  What do you think?

chain blue

The next bracelet I mixed more of the heart findings and both sizes of pearls to make a simple strung bracelet.  I made the hook clasp and finished with a bit of chain so that the bracelet will be adjustable in length.  Simple and sweet.    I am on a roll now!

blue heart

shake rattle 1   The bit of chain I used on the last bracelet inspired me.  This past season I’ve seen a lot of chunky pearl-charm bracelets in fashion magazines.  Why not use some of the two different sizes of pearls and wrap them on a simple chain.  This is my favorite bracelet so far.  This bracelet is a fun piece that makes you want to shake your wrist and show off.  Shake, rattle and roll!!

shake rattle 2

Yep!  That bracelet is my favorite.  Oh wait….  There is another contender here.  In pieces I make for myself, I love the look of leather with gemstones.  This look is so versatile.  I took three pieces of 2 mm Greek leather and made end pieces out coiled wire.  Using knots placed at somewhat random intervals to separate groups of wire-wrapped pearls and other charms made from findings in my stash and those gorgeous crystals and cultured SEA GLASS (love it), I was able to get the look of a wrap bracelet.  Did you see my little man in the moon charms?  I LOVE this style.  I may have to make another for myself using beads from my stash.  –‘Course the blue IS pretty…. hmmmm….

leather wrap view 1

leather and charms pic 1

I had time to make one more bracelet.  This time I wanted to use the crystals .  I grouped three together for a subtle ombre’ effect.  I am particularly proud of the hook clasp I made.  This bracelet is pretty and princess-y.  I hope whoever gets this bracelet feels special wearing it.

blue princess

Looking at my photos, I have to laugh a little.  I kept trying to correct the “red-eye” in some of the photos–until I realized it was my reflection in the beads (I was wearing a red shirt).  lol

I can’t end this blog without a final shout out to ZnetShows.  I so appreciate the opportunity to do something I love and give back at the same time.

And, finally, please check out the Global Genes Project.  Think about how alone some of these families must feel, needing research and funding and hope.  Please help in whatever way you can.