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Ray of Hope-OOAK Bracelet

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This is my entry for the Etsy Beadweaver's June 2011 challenge: "Heal the world." Please go the website: http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com between June 9-15 to vote for your favourite piece!

Chronic pain is a severe condition and can be highly detrimental to the sufferer’s happiness and mental state. Most, if not all, people will experience physical pain at one point or other in their lifetime. This is usually referred to as “acute pain.” Chronic pain, however, is when pain is felt in an area of the body for more than 3 months. This pain can last for a year, or two, or five, or even indefinitely in some cases.

Suffering from chronic pain is a very lonely experience, as not many people can empathise with what the sufferer is going through. Having such pain, all the time, and perhaps with acute pain involved with it too, restricts movement and activity until the sufferer can no longer do many things they were able to do.

Chronic pain not only affects the physical body, but also the mind. After a while, thoughts such as “there’s going to be no end to this” etc, start creeping in, and the seed of doubt and hopelessness is eventually sown. This can lead to depression, a severe state of mind where one can come to such a point of despair that life is not worth living to them anymore.
As a chronic pain sufferer of many years (‘on and off’) I know what it is like to feel as if there is no hope of recovery. Yet I had many friends who helped me through each day, and God who was there for me the whole way through. It is to Him and my wonderful friends and family that I dedicate this piece.

My OOAK bracelet consists of three sections, plus the clasp. The side sections and toggle clasp depict dark asymmetric designs and dark coloured handmade polymer clay hearts. I have done this to represent the chaos and despair in a pain- and/or depression- sufferer’s life and heart. Nothing is truly ordered when you feel like this. Out of the middle shines a bright sunflower (handmade polymer clay flowerhead, beadwoven petals), the bright ray of hope to bring back the long-lost smile. Sunflowers represent warmth and light, and hence hope. This is what I have tried to depict here. The side sections have been curved to hug the wrist. It is my hope that the wearer of this bracelet will be reminded that there is always hope, no matter how small, in every bad situation. :)

"Their [sunflowers] open faces symbolose the sun itself, conveying warmth and happiness, adoration and longevity." -- www.teleflora.com/sunflowers/flowers-plants/sunflowers-detail.asp

This bracelet is currently a length of 16cm (6.5"); if you need it longer please put your wrist measurements in the "Note to Seller" box at the checkout and I will adjust it for you.

Thank you for looking!!

I am a proud member of Etsy Beadweavers Street Team to see work by our members go to http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com or search EBW under "Handmade."

I am a proud member of Beader's United, search Beaders United under handmade to see work by our talented members!
This is my entry for the Etsy Beadweaver's June 2011 challenge: "Heal the world." Please go the website: http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com between June 9-15 to vote for your favourite piece!

Chronic pain is a severe condition and can be highly detrimental to the sufferer’s happiness and mental state. Most, if not all, people will experience physical pain at one point or other in their lifetime. This is usually referred to as “acute pain.” Chronic pain, however, is when pain is felt in an area of the body for more than 3 months. This pain can last for a year, or two, or five, or even indefinitely in some cases.

Suffering from chronic pain is a very lonely experience, as not many people can empathise with what the sufferer is going through. Having such pain, all the time, and perhaps with acute pain involved with it too, restricts movement and activity until the sufferer can no longer do many things they were able to do.

Chronic pain not only affects the physical body, but also the mind. After a while, thoughts such as “there’s going to be no end to this” etc, start creeping in, and the seed of doubt and hopelessness is eventually sown. This can lead to depression, a severe state of mind where one can come to such a point of despair that life is not worth living to them anymore.
As a chronic pain sufferer of many years (‘on and off’) I know what it is like to feel as if there is no hope of recovery. Yet I had many friends who helped me through each day, and God who was there for me the whole way through. It is to Him and my wonderful friends and family that I dedicate this piece.

My OOAK bracelet consists of three sections, plus the clasp. The side sections and toggle clasp depict dark asymmetric designs and dark coloured handmade polymer clay hearts. I have done this to represent the chaos and despair in a pain- and/or depression- sufferer’s life and heart. Nothing is truly ordered when you feel like this. Out of the middle shines a bright sunflower (handmade polymer clay flowerhead, beadwoven petals), the bright ray of hope to bring back the long-lost smile. Sunflowers represent warmth and light, and hence hope. This is what I have tried to depict here. The side sections have been curved to hug the wrist. It is my hope that the wearer of this bracelet will be reminded that there is always hope, no matter how small, in every bad situation. :)

"Their [sunflowers] open faces symbolose the sun itself, conveying warmth and happiness, adoration and longevity." -- www.teleflora.com/sunflowers/flowers-plants/sunflowers-detail.asp

This bracelet is currently a length of 16cm (6.5"); if you need it longer please put your wrist measurements in the "Note to Seller" box at the checkout and I will adjust it for you.

Thank you for looking!!

I am a proud member of Etsy Beadweavers Street Team to see work by our members go to http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com or search EBW under "Handmade."

I am a proud member of Beader's United, search Beaders United under handmade to see work by our talented members!

Reviews

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(4)
Reviewed by Lois Lambeth
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 23, 2014
really lovely made necklace, and great service! Thank you Meg!
RESERVED FOR LOIS Twisted in black and gold

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 26, 2012
Great seller, fast and accurate shipping, thank you.
Pair of feet cabochons

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars
Nov 26, 2012
Fantastic! Better than the picture!! And fast delivery from Australia. Thank you so much!
Rainbow face-polymer clay cabochon

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars
Sep 11, 2012
Perfect! so much fun and fast post.
nthanks!
RESERVED JC- Pair of feet cabochons

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Due to the economic changes that many of us are experiencing, I have decided to offer a Layaway program.


~~LAY AWAY~~ Available to pieces priced at $80.00 or higher
Layaway purchases will require a 25% down payment, layaway is for 8 weeks only, with a payment due every two weeks, once the down payment is made, every two weeks another payment will be due, for a total of 4 payments. If you do not make your payments, after the 8 weeks has past, you have the choice to pay the balance in full, if no further payments are made you will forfeit your 25% deposit. No purchases will be sent until all payments have been received and shipping fees have been included. Item/s remains on "RESERVED FOR {YOUR NAME}" until final payment is received and the piece/s is sent to you. Please CONVO me to set up your Lay Away payment.
NOTE: this policy can be adjusted depending on your psersonal needs, please convo me if you require a variation on this policy.

Returns & exchanges

All items except beads are only refundable within 21 days of delivery, providing they are in the same condition in which they were sent to you. Items can be exchanged (except beads) only if they are in the condition in which they were sent to you. If an item needs fixing or adjusting I will do this and pay the postage back to you (this is only once per item, excluding handmade beads. Postage will be paid by you if it needs this again) if it is not your fault. I am not responsible for damages sustained in shipping, as this is completely out of my hands. A refund is available on return of the item if the item is not exactly what I say it is in the listing when it arrives (providing this is nothing to do with shipping damage: I will repair the item in thses cases for you). Custom-made items are NON-refundable. You will receive continual pictures of the custom-made item for approval prior postage to ensure that it is exactly what you wanted and asked for. If approved, the item will be sent, no refunds or exchanges. If not approved to your satisfaction, we will redo the custom order to achieve exactly what it is you want.
All items except beads are only refundable within 21 days of delivery, providing they are in the same condition in which they were sent to you. Items can be exchanged (except beads) only if they are in the condition in which they were sent to you. If an item needs fixing or adjusting I will do this and pay the postage back to you (this is only once per item, excluding handmade beads. Postage will be paid by you if it needs this again) if it is not your fault. I am not responsible for damages sustained in shipping, as this is completely out of my hands. A refund is available on return of the item if the item is not exactly what I say it is in the listing when it arrives (providing this is nothing to do with shipping damage: I will repair the item in thses cases for you). Custom-made items are NON-refundable. You will receive continual pictures of the custom-made item for approval prior postage to ensure that it is exactly what you wanted and asked for. If approved, the item will be sent, no refunds or exchanges. If not approved to your satisfaction, we will redo the custom order to achieve exactly what it is you want.

Shipping policies

I will ship the items in strong gift boxes (for relatively large items ie, large necklaces and some bracelets) or good quality organza bags, or both (in special cases). This will be placed in a larger postage bag or box when it is shipped to you. If you are an international buyer please allow UP TO 1 month for the item to reach you. I will be shipping by air mail internationally. If you would like to receive your item faster, please contact me before buying the item to obtain shipping costs for these faster methods.

Additional policies

If you would like an item in another colour, or would like to place a custom order, please send me a message. You can order an item in another colour only if the item has this mentioned in the description. This is because I can replicate these products. Items that do not say this mean I cannot get the materials to replicate the product, because they are OOAK (one of a kind), and therefore unique and special.

Please be aware that complex beadwork such as bead embroidery and bead weaving are very time consuming. They take a large amount of time to complete, depending on the piece, and can therefore be rather expensive. I try to minimise the labour cost to you, but I do not wish to under value my work, and therefore me. Due to the amount of time, love and care that goes into each and every piece, I ask you to do your best to treat your items in the same way. Anything that comes in a box should be kept in that box and away from sunlight. If you would prefer to display your items on a shelf or jewelry stand, keep it away from direct sunlight. Do not allow in water (especially not the bead embroidered pieces!!), and nor should you wear it to bed. This is all to make sure that your lovely items last as long as possible to become "heirlooms" in your family. By claiming I make "heirloom quality bead treasure" I assume that you will care for your piece/s in the way I have mentioned above.

Thankyou for visiting my shop!
If you would like an item in another colour, or would like to place a custom order, please send me a message. You can order an item in another colour only if the item has this mentioned in the description. This is because I can replicate these products. Items that do not say this mean I cannot get the materials to replicate the product, because they are OOAK (one of a kind), and therefore unique and special.

Please be aware that complex beadwork such as bead embroidery and bead weaving are very time consuming. They take a large amount of time to complete, depending on the piece, and can therefore be rather expensive. I try to minimise the labour cost to you, but I do not wish to under value my work, and therefore me. Due to the amount of time, love and care that goes into each and every piece, I ask you to do your best to treat your items in the same way. Anything that comes in a box should be kept in that box and away from sunlight. If you would prefer to display your items on a shelf or jewelry stand, keep it away from direct sunlight. Do not allow in water (especially not the bead embroidered pieces!!), and nor should you wear it to bed. This is all to make sure that your lovely items last as long as possible to become "heirlooms" in your family. By claiming I make "heirloom quality bead treasure" I assume that you will care for your piece/s in the way I have mentioned above.

Thankyou for visiting my shop!

Ray of Hope-OOAK Bracelet

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: crystal bicones, handmade polymer clay cabochons, pearls, bugle, suede, thread, seed beads
  • Feedback: 4 reviews
  • Favorited by: 32 people
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