I made this for Icekibby
in the the OTT Gypsy swap. As my partner put it though, "We can't do one tiny anything".
She likes tribal belly dance, so I wanted to make her something that would work both if she takes belly dance classes and to wear in "regular life" until then.
I'm a belly dancer myself, so I've made embellished bras and belts and things, but never actually translated this into jewelery. This was also my first time doing beading like this.
Anyway, on to the photos!
The more complicated piece was the cuff. It's base is red and black silk duponi, with felt interior and more silk for the backing. I stitched on some cotton lace, vintage buttons, coins with loops already attached, sequins, and red glass beads. It closes with elastic loops around buttons. It's made so that the buttons can be easily moved for re-sizing (I have disturbingly tiny wrists, so I wasn't sure what size to make it for someone who I assume has more "normal" sized wrists).
Here you can see the coins:
And this is the other side with the closure:
And this is the whole thing opened flat:
I don't have a photo of the back, but I sewed everything on and the slip-stitched the backing on, so my ugly stitches don't show.
And finally, I made a pendant to go with it. I really like how it came out, and it was hard to send away! Icekibby likes it though, so it's all worthwhile!
This is another vintage button from my stash, more red beads, and a bit of chain fringe, likely from Afghanistan. It's also on silk duponi with felt backing it. The bail and chain are silver plate... I'm hoping they tarnish up a bit with time to match the metal fringe a bit better.
Thanks for looking!