In thinking about this design, I wanted to deviate a little from a full strand beaded bracelet style. Mainly because Mary Kay's dress was a sleeveless design, I just felt a bracelet with more 'umph' to it would look much better. The first go at this illusion style did not work out. But, I was not defeated. I tried a different diameter stringing wire and it worked perfectly.
As well, I wanted this design to be a mix of both gold and silver metals because Mary Kay planned on wearing her mothers fine diamond ring and earrings. This clasp matched perfectly with the Halo style diamond ring.
Mary Kay's Custom Mother of the Bride Crystal Pearl Illusion Bracelet (BCP219)
This handmade bead bracelet features an elegant sterling silver circle clasp with sparkling cubic zirconia (CZ), burgundy Swarovski Crystals, bronze Swarovski Pearls and a scattering of aurora borealis (AB) Swarovski Crystal accents delicately woven on a gold stringing wire for a sophisticated illusion style bracelet. Measures 7-1/4".
Mary Kay was going to have a half up-half down hairstyle and had also requested 3-4 hairpins to match. This was the first time I've ever created these -and I loved it!
Mary Kay's Custom Mother of the Bride Crystal Pearl Hairpins (HP1500)
These lovely crystal and pearl wedding hairpins were created using the same components as the Mother of the Bride Bracelet. Hand wired together were burgundy crystals, champagne pearls and a touch of sparkling AB crystals. Total length is 2".
If you remember, when I introduced Mary Kay's custom wedding accessories request, I had asked her for a little of the fabric from her dress because I had something in mind....
Mary Kay's Custom Mother of the Bride Beaded Bar Pin Brooch (LP1500)
This handmade bar pin brooch incorporated the wedding colors hand wired onto a 1-1/2" bar pin. Mary Kay planned on pinning this crystal and pearl bar pin on the strap side of her dress (where it was just the chiffon overlay). My little secret idea was to take a clipping of the abstract flower from her extra dress material and use fabric stiffener on it to create another pin option.
Mary Kay had the option to wear just the bar pin or to use the abstract flower as a backdrop to the bar pin. She ended up using the flower backdrop with her pin and loved it!!
Mary Kay happened to be out of town when Lauren picked up all the wedding jewelry. But, when Mary Kay returned she had to say about her custom pieces:
I am so sorry it has taken me this long to tell you how exquisite I find the jewelry you designed for Lauren's wedding! My bracelet is just the right balance of classic and modern, the brooch looks great on the strap of my gown with the flower pinned behind it (great idea!), and the hairpins are beautiful tool. Thanks again!!Mary Kay was even so kind as to think of sending me pictures via text, on the actual day of Lauren's wedding. I was so grateful to have been a part of Lauren's special day and I absolutely love working with Mary Kay!