Renaissance Inspiration Bracelets

by Holly Kurzman.
(Pézenas, (Occitanie) France)

Renaissance Inspiration Bracelets by Holly Kurzman  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

A friend asked me whether I could create a bracelet design based on a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci, and I immediately loved the idea.

Renaissance Inspiration Bracelets by Holly Kurzman  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

She & I were both pleased with the result so I designed & made 2 more bracelets (another da Vinci & a Botticelli).

Renaissance Inspiration Bracelets by Holly Kurzman  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Now I’m on a Renaissance binge — I have 3 more bracelet designs nearly ready for me to start beading.

Renaissance Inspiration Bracelets by Holly Kurzman  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I am astounded by the level of detail I can get with Miyuki Delica beads & hope the artists would be pleased with my efforts.

Holly Kurzman
Hillcrest Studio
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  • Beautiful and mysterious, Holly! These bracelets remind me of my long-ago college Art History class. I think da Vinci and Botticelli would be delighted with these! 🙂

  • Holly says:

    Thanks, Rena. I really hope they are not cringing at my homages to their art.

  • I am not a beader but I appreciate the intricacy in your bracelets. Very beautiful and very well done!

  • Joanne Kane says:

    Beautiful!! You are very talented.

  • Carol says:

    These are fabulous! Well done!

  • Rebecca Doremus says:

    Holly, these are amazing. You did a terrific job and the proper use of bead size really helped with the shading and getting depth with a flat object. I love it.

    I was wondering if you used Bead Creator software to plot the design out and calculate the bead count and colors? If so, are you experienced enough to edit the palates to limit just how many colors you need to use?

    I have had the program for many years. When I get a chance to use it, I pull in a design and plot in the specifics – but usually am so overwhelmed by the number of colors it gives to me. Just curious …

    Great job though. I have been wanting to do remake Claude Monet Water Lilies on a bracelet and matching earrings. The painting he did in 1916 has such beautiful colors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Lilies_(Monet_series)#/media/File:Monet_Water_Lilies_1916.jpg

  • Chris Rehkop says:

    Beautiful designs Holly! My sister in-law in HI also designs elaborately beaded bracelets, she would love your designs too.

  • Holly says:

    Rebecca, thank you for your compliment. I used BeadTool4 to create the designs, & early in the design process can limit the number of colors for the pattern. (The Renaissance bracelets each have 7 colors) It definitely takes some editing after the initial transfer. I nearly always change the colors from the ones the software chooses & have created custom palettes (for black & white images, for instance). Yes, there are a zillion Delica colors, so it takes work to narrow down the choices. I also have to verify which colors are carried by my primary bead supplier. But — I find it’s worth it in the end.

  • Daisy says:

    Holly you are so talented these are works of art !

  • Judith says:

    Very lovely bracelets.

  • Alysen says:

    I agree, these are definitely works of art in their own right! Patience and detail are the main words that come to mind. I’m sure that you’d be able to render these without software too. Just beautiful!

  • Alice says:

    Love these gorgeous bracelets. Well done.

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