Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Watch Bands

Last Spring, I was in an antique store in Milford, PA and bought 4 old metal watch bands.  Two are silver tone, one gold tone, one copper tone.  A week later, I was in Target and saw Timex watch bands on clearance and bought them.  It took a while, but I started what has been simmering in my mind for too many months.  A gentle but unknowing nudge from Liz finally got this project off the ground.

First up is the RED HOT Timex band with a Square Stitch panel:

Size 8 brown seed beads, size 8 turquoise picasso seed beads, size 11 matte cream seed beads, red picasso super unos

Next is a Brick Stitch creation on a silver tone metal band:

size 15 turquoise seed beads, size 11 cream matte seed beads, size 11 & 8 black matte seed beads, size 8 red seed beads, czech beads

The final watch band bracelet for now (I still have a few left and will certainly pick up more as I find them as I am having Fun with this!) is a mix of inspiration from Cynthia.  She taught me a half-hitch knot with hemp and gave me this bracelet bar component from Blu Mudd.

I had no intention to blog today, but...Snow.  If not for snow, January would have only had one blog post.  So I guess it is good for something :-)

Stay warm, dry, and on solid ground, my friends!


windrock studio said...

Brilliant! You have such talent and a sparkling, creative mind.

kimmykats said...

love that brick stitch one! I always love seeing what you are up to!

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh these are fun! made me giggle just a bit as I have been holding on to some watches that I was going to do the reverse .... pull off the bands and add leather or beads to some of the old watch faces for a revived watch. Ha! perhaps I should send you my bands :)

Amy S. said...

What an absolutely brilliant idea for using these bands!!! I love all of them, but my favorite is the brick stitch number on the silver band. It's awesome! What an inspiring idea!

Miss Val's Creations said...

These are great Christine! I never thought of repurposing old watch bands before. I hope you made out ok with the snow storm. I'm not sure what our final total was but I would guess 27 inches. So fun!...yeah that is sarcasm!

KJ said...

Cute and creative. And snow days are a great excuse to get things done.

Bobbie said...

What a great idea! I once made a freeform band for a watch face - wore that sucker all the time until the battery died. And then I realized that my less-than-brilliant design made it impossible to get to the battery to replace it. Your solution is SO much better!!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Great idea to use the watch bands and created a wrist pendant so to speak as the focal on the band. I love the Native American influence on the first two and I am totally loving the third one just something about green and copper together.