'Storm At Sechelt' Lampwork & Gemstone Bracelet

Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted bracelets like watercolors, using premier artisan beads & gemstones & sterling. Each piece is designed and handmade by me in my San Francisco Bay Area studio, an old African mahogany table in my home - my vast and beautiful palette. While my muse may be the same (so often it is the sea, a landscape, a trip abroad), no two pieces are ever identical. There will be only one 'Storm at Sechelt' and it will belong...to you.

The seaside town of Sechelt is a traditionally a fuel-stop enroute to Earl's Cove, the second ferry terminal on Highway 101 North in B.C., Canada. Normally, on our trip north to 'camp' (Savary Island), it is a jam to be first off the first ferry, hitting the road, going to the max allowed speed limit, taking all the old-timer secret short-cuts just to get that much closer to Earl's Cove, an hour away, where we catch the final ferry in our race north, on the Sunshine Coast. We have been making the journey since I was five years old, most every summer, as we drove north from the S.F. Bay Area to our summer cabin in Canada. But Sechelt, aside from being an understated Sausalito, CA or Newport, OR is also a town that opens, exposed, to a wilder stretch of the inland passage (Georgia Strait) between B.C.'s mainland and the length of Vancouver Island. As such, when a southwester blows in, the seas can be especially tempestuous and wild, causing many a small vessel to toss about like a small toy, especially if boats are caught off-guard or if the weather arrives ahead of schedule. Such was the case when my newly married parents took their classic cabin-cruiser, the Graycine out for an overnight trip in the 'honeymoon' years before having children. The storm on this particular weekend was wicked, wild and the boat's engine suddenly quit, its engine engulfed with 'drink' and utterly disengaged from power. There was no fixing it, especially in the dangerous high seas. Even the radio had quit and darkness was upon them. My mother, a city-girl and land-lover, quietly wept in the galley as my strong & able father attached the dingy to the bow and started rowing his new wife and the Graycine through the pouring rain, high winds and the fierce, high waves ... until at last they reached the breakwater at the small marina in Sechelt. It is a story my mom liked to tell every other year as we passed through Sechelt, stopping to gas-up at the only gas station in town. Such, is the muse and backstory to 'Storm at Sechelt.'

'Storm at Sechelt' is a gallery-calibre 3-strand wrap bracelet made entirely of studio lampwork beads, gemstones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. Another LUXE design, this is a complex bracelet in the 'spirit' genre; a complex design invoking the wild moving, alive energy of a wicked-good storm and all that means in terms of life and dancing with death when mariners are caught unprepared. Only those who know how to be one with the sea and weather can hope to ride out such a storm, much less save a damsel in distress.

This piece, as with others of my LUXE collection, is awash in top-flight artisan lampwork beads (by 8 different artists both here and abroad) and components. Starting with the magnificent tidepool-under-tempestuous-waves bead as the focal point around which all the other beads unify to make a piece of living sculptural jewelry. The German artist responsible for the tidepool focal is especially gifted at creating beads as microcosoms of a greater whole - whether it is a pond, a meadow, a forest or a tidepool. She is able to capture the spirit of being alive in her work with torch & molten glass and we are all the better for it. Companion beads include the work of another gifted glass artist and her interpretation of stormy seas under a skeleton sun overhead of the storm. Other lampwork of note is a textured round bead with glass portals popping out as pods which is done in a light mint green, cream, light bronze and clear, like an abstract anemone in a tidepool. You will also find several textured, small organic encased rounds, other rounds etched like beach glass and sand-colored beads with dimples and lines of sterling silver. Among my favorite second-string lampwork are the round, smooth white beads with tiny drops of bright sterling silver embedded deep within the still, cold glass. These beautifully created lampwork beads are so elegant that using them in any design automatically sets the whole piece in a league of its own. "Storm at Sechelt" incorporates lots of lovely, sensual and edgy precious and semi-precious gemstones which include: Blue-fire flash moonstone rondelles, chips of aqua colored apatite in two shades, one more transparent and the other, a more milky shade of aqua. Creamy colored keishi pearls and Baroque pearls capped in white sterling beadcaps lend elegance and depth to 'Storm at Sechelt' along with smooth, large faceted nuggets of clear quartz. Blue-fire laboradite flashes in small coin beads, adding the perfect contrasting color to a sea under siege from the winds and storm above. Over 50 sterling silver braided, plain rings & beadcaps, wavy silver discs, daisy spacers pepper the three strands, providing that bright, silver flash in the midst of so much color - much like the silver-on-the-sea on a too sunny day at the sea when the light is almost blinding as it comes off the water. Three solid sterling charms complete 'Storm at Sechelt' and include a detailed lighthouse and its keeper's cottage, a schooner under sail and a wee sea turtle who hangs on a bright sterling chain at the junction of the three strands. 'Storm at Sechelt' is finished with a sterling silver lobster clasp and receptacle set and measures just under 9 inches in length. Because of the dynamics of the 3-strand wrap design, with three strands parallel to each other in close proximity, the measurement must take into account certain bulk of the beads (though not weight, thankfully). My 7 inch wrist fits this 8.75 inch bracelet perfectly without being too tight and with just the right amount of slack to make it comfortable.

RE-SIZING:

Normally re-sizing a single strand bracelet is a fairly quick and simple task which I handle with no additional fees charged. But, to resize a 3-strand bracelet is both time-intensive and in addition, has a small materials cost component. For this reason, I don't recommend re-sizing 'Storm at Sechelt,' as the resizing fee to cover time and materials is $85.00. As you can see in the photos in the listing, there are several rings on both ends of the bracelet which allow for quick, optional sizing (from a loose fit to a snug fit) simply by clipping the lobster clasp to a ring. And, as another option to resizing, I often suggest is a custom order. That is, I create a custom-made bracelet closely following the original design of 'Storm at Sechelt' with only slight modifications, depending upon bead & gemstone availability. Here are some tips in helping you determine your own wrist size and to determine if 8.75 inches is the correct length for you:

1. measure your wrist and a bracelet you own & wear, in order to best determine your actual bracelet size for this style of bracelet.
2. Because of the complexity of these beaded strands, please be sure to add (from your 'perfect bracelet fit') just a bit of length to allow for the slack needed for the density of beads in 'Storm at Sechelt.'

An example: my wrist measurement at the wrist-bone is 7" and 'Storm at Sechelt' is just about a perfect fit. In a one-strand bracelet, 8.75 would be too sloppy and loose. But the 3 strands together at 8.75" makes for a near perfect fit for a 7 inch wrist. This bracelet would do best on someone whose wrist measures 7" round at the wrist-bone and will still enjoy some give once clasped with the lobster clasp.

~ About Me ~

I design & create beaded bracelets, blending colors, shapes & textures like watercolors or sculpture for one's wrist. My work can be found on Martha's Vineyard, a celebrated destination in many of my sea-inspired designs. A force behind my designs is the enduring high-end, heirloom quality of the materials I use and most especially the small group of glass bead artists I collaborate with whose work is original, sophisticated, interesting and cutting-edge. Their quality work is my primary focus and is the inspiration around which I create the rest of each bracelet composition. All beads I use in my work are top-quality artisan crafted, Swarovski crystal or precious/semi-precious gemstones are similarly premier quality. Solid, 925 (or higher) sterling silver is used along with vermeil gold (24K gold plated over sterling silver). No sterling silver plated components are ever used in my designs and hand-cast sterling silver findings are frequently used in my pieces. 'Handcrafted before mass manufactured' is always the goal!


Very best wishes for a lovely day!




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