A couple of months ago a friend handed me the bracelet she was wearing and asked if I could replace the dyed oval mother-of-pearl beads that were attached to it. She didn't like the way they had faded from their original bright turquoise color.
When she got a chance to look at my bead supply, she decided on red cuppolini or branch coral beads, so I told her I would see what I
could do to attach them in place of the mother-of-pearl beads. Much trial and error ensued, but nothing I tried to attach the coral beads to the existing bracelet worked. That bracelet was strung on stretch cord, which makes for a very comfortable but not particularly sturdy bracelet. It also makes it relatively impossible for a person with just two hands to work on.
I finally emailed my friend and told her there was no way that I could work with the bracelet in its current design. Would she be upset if I took it apart and completely redesigned it? No, she gave me the go ahead to do whatever I wanted to. The result is a complete makeover, omitting the metal beads and findings and the elastic thread and stringing it all on beading wire finished with a sterling clasp. Using more and larger beads between the turquoise nuggets meant that I had two of them left over, so she got a bonus pair of matching earrings.
She got to see the final result this evening and I think she was
pleased. Of course, it's a tad too big, so I need to make an
adjustment. Why do all of my friends have such tiny wrists?