Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael's Beading Challenge

 
I always love a good challenge!  Especially when it comes to jewelry design.
Do you ever feel like your jewelry looks the same, but with maybe a different pendant?
I do....my rut is designing with blue.  It's my go to color.  And sea life....what's not to love?
 
 
I found out about this challenge on Facebook.  I really enjoy Lorelei's and
Heather's designs,  our challenge hostesses.  I took a picture of the chosen beads, wrote
 down the SKU numbers and went shopping to the Michael's store in Port Charlotte,
Florida.   I found the first couple of strands no problem.  I can't say that for all of them! 
I found "similar" styles and colors, so I threw them into my shopping basket.  The strand
 that is the most unique  to the challenge is the hot pink beads.  They are a little bigger...
but they are pretty!

 
 
We could add 2 more bead styles to our design.  I was inspired by the wood beads and the
flower beads, so I went with a nature theme.  My owl face, swirl bead and faceted bead are
my ceramic components.  For those of you first meeting me, I am a ceramic bead artist,
 so it's a must  that my design is centered around my handmade beads!  The second
 component I chose was gold metal chain, clasp and spacer beads.  I went with the gold
accent  on the blue glass beads.    I usually reach for silver accents with blue.
 
 
The last blog hop I participated in was all about waxed linen.  I have fallen in love
with the stuff!  I used a turquoise waxed linen to string the beads onto.  After tying
an overhand knot onto my owl face, I had 4 strands on each side.  I strung different
beads on each strand, twisted them, added the ceramic accent and tied them to the chain. 
 I also put my oversized lobster claw clasp on the side instead of the back....just because
 I thought it was cool and didn't want to hide it.
 
 
 
I hope you like my design!  I had fun with this challenge.  If you'd like to see more
of my beads, please visit my etsy shop at www.fireflydesignstudio.etsy.com
 
 


30 comments:

  1. I really like your asymmetrical design. Your ceramic owl and swirls are fab. all the beads are perfectly proportioned with the focal including the extra large lobster clasp. Fun necklace!

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  2. A lovely piece! i love the owl pendant. I purchased some waxed linen but haven't had the time to play with it.Maybe now is the time.... I took a look at your etsy shop and saw lots of things I just might have top put in my cart.

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    1. That's awesome! You will love the waxed linen once you start using it. So glad you like my beads, too.

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  3. What a great statement piece! Glad you could join us!

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    1. Thank you! It was a really fun challenge :)

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  4. Love the owl with these beads! Such a pretty statement necklace!

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    1. I am crazy for owls! So glad you like my design.

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  5. Wow! I like how there is a slight twist to the beads. Your clay pieces are fantastic! Makes for a great necklace. (I agree waxed linen is great!)

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    1. Thank you! I thought the twist added a fun element, too.

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  6. Love the multi-strand asymmetrical design, it has so much life and movement. The necklace charming playful and a great way to show off your owl. I'm so glad I'm going to see you in a month - every time I see your beads I want more!!! Thank you for playing along.

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    1. Thanks, Heather! It was a fun challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing you, too. My customer loved the necklace I made her with your beach house. I added the starfish, too. We make a great team!

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  7. Love it! your design is wonderful and your beads are a fabulous addition to the color palette.

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  8. I love how all the beads work so well with your owl. It't lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! Owls are one of my obsessions right now. I appreciate you reading my blog!

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  9. So very pretty, Miss Michelle! I really like the twisted strands. A playful necklace! Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. Thanks, Erin - and your pendant is amazing that Heather used in her design. Thanks for reading my blog!

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  10. What a cute owl pendant! It's perfect with the challenge beads!

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  11. I really enjoy the layering that you did with this necklace. Very dramatic!

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    1. Thanks, Katherine! It is a NOTICE ME kind of necklace - Lol. I appreciate you reading my blog!

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  12. Love this necklace Michelle...your owl bead fit perfectly into those summery colors!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rosanne! I did notice that my owl was blue, after I was saying that was my go to color. Lol Oh well - can't help what we like. Thanks for reading my blog!

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  13. What an absolutely delightful design! I especially love the ceramic swirl of yours!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! The swirls are a fun accent bead. I appreciate you reading my blog!

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  14. What a great design! I love all the beads play off each other and the focal.

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    1. Thanks, Shaiha! I wouldn't normally put all these colors together, so what a great challenge for me. Thanks for reading my blog!

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  15. Great piece! It has a lot of visual weight and goes so nicely with your ceramic components. I think it's great that the challenge pushed you out of your comfort zone and opened you up to other things. I have defaults and it's always nice when I can work outside of them and create something lovely. Nicely done!

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    1. Thanks, Andrew! I figured I wasn't the only one that has that "go to" design that just works. See you at Bead Fest (I hope :)

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