Monday, May 2, 2011

Sakura Charms - Cindy's Newest Pattern

We just released a new pattern called Sakura Charms by Cindy Holsclaw.  Cindy originally designed this gorgeous necklace for a contest sponsored by the  Bead Mavens, and when Florence Turnour and I saw it, it was love at first site for both of us.  We did not hesitate to request that she pattern this beauty as quickly as possible in hopes that we could present it through beAd Infinitum.  Cindy cheerfully accepted.
When Cindy sent me the pattern to review, I was immediately struck by how beautiful the pattern is.  There is something so magical and whimsical about the shape of cherry blossoms with their five circular petals, and a whole pattern full of drawings and photos in every color is, well, magical!  I dug through my bead box and was only able to find the right-sized lentils in one color, silver.  So I used the silver, with more silver seed beads, and whipped up a pair of silver Sakura Charm earrings.   I was surprised and delighted by how small the flowers are and how quickly they finish.

My only contribution design-wise is the few links of chain holding the charms to the ear wires.  It's a nice way to make them a little longer without really changing the look or adding much weight.  This pair of Sakura Charm earrings is for sale in my Etsy shop.

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