Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Anchors Aweigh Design Challenge

I had a lot of fun brain storming on what to design with the 2 ceramic anchor charms
created by Diana P. of Suburban Girl Studio.  Of course having 2 charms and having 2 ears,
should I make a pair of earrings?  Nooooo.....let's get creative with the challenge.  So I
started digging though my sea life themed bead drawer and I happened to have 2 more sets
 of Diana's charms.  A pair of sail boats and a pair of scallop shells.  I designed a few
charms of my own to coordinate with the colors of Diana's.  I made a ceramic nautilus
 shell, octopus, crab and a seahorse.  This fun sea life charm bracelet started coming to life!
I cut 7" of open link antique copper chain and attached a toggle clasp to each end.  I
wanted plenty of bling, so I chose matching antique copper crystals and 4mm round spacer
balls.  I spaced the charm components out every 3 links and made smaller dangles on
headpins to fill in the open links. I love my new bracelet and I hope you do, too!
 A big THANK YOU to Rita from Toltec Jewels for being our
blog hop challenge hostess.  Please visit the following jewelry designers blogs
to see what they created with their anchor charms!

Diana's Shop:                           Suburban Girl Beads
Diana's Blogs:                          Suburban Girl Studio
                                                 Art Jewelry Elements
Hostess: TJ                               Jewel School Friends
Bobbie Rafferty                         Beadsong Jewelry
Chris Eisenberg                         Wanderware
Heather Richter                         Desert Jewelry Designs
Kathy Lindemer                         Bay Moon Design
Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes
Cynthia Machata                       Antiquity Travelers
Kathleen Breeding                     99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Linda Younkman                       Lindy's Designs
Robin Reed                                  Artistry HCBD
Marla Gibson                              Spice Box Designs
Gina Hockett                               Freestyle Elements
Renetha Stanziano                      Lamplight Crafts
Marianne Baxter                          Simply Seablime Jewelry        
Christina Miles                             Wings N Scales
Marybeth Rich                            A Few Words from Within the Pines
Shai Williams                              Shaiha's Ramblings
Cheri Reed                                  Creative Designs by Cheri
Monique Urquhart                      A Half-Baked Notion
Jennifer Reno                             Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Shirley Moore                             Beads and Bread
Tammy Adams                           Paisley Lizard
Melissa Trudinger                       Bead Recipes
If you'd like to see more of my ceramic bead creations, please visit my etsy store


  1. Love the charm bracelet, what a great piece!!! The charms you made go perfectly with the theme of the bracelet. Gina H

  2. What a beautiful solution, to create charms this way! Yes, I like the bracelet (-: and love the ceramic ♥charms you made too, the go so well together! I started following you... so I can see what your next creations will be...

  3. What a coincidence - I made a charm bracelet on copper chain for this hop too. Using the sailboat bead. Of course, mine doesn't have all those adorable sea creatures, or the sparkling beaded fringe. Beautiful bracelet. And I wish I could adopt that little sea horse.

  4. Your little sealife beads are the perfect complement to Diana's anchor beads! Beautiful bracelet, and so glad I picked up a couple of your little sea beads at Bead Fest!

  5. OMG what a cute selection of beads, Michelle! They look so great in your design... must be nice to be so talented :)

  6. Your sea themed charm bracelet is wonderful. I love it that you have a sea life themed bead drawer!

  7. I just love charm bracelets! I bet that this one has a lot of movement and sound when worn. Great job!

  8. Lovely bracelet...all the dangles and its a fun bracelet to wear... :-)

  9. Beautiful Bracelet! So lucky you were to have more of her charms to pair together. It worked out perfectly!

  10. What a fun bracelet! It is always a great feeling to be really happy about what we did at the end and enjoy wearing it.

  11. Great job Michelle. Your bracelet is wonderful.

  12. What a beautiful bracelet! I love the charms you made and they really compliment the ones for the challenge.

  13. Very cute! I love all the unique charms you created. :)

  14. I LOVE all the sealife on your bracelet and the anchors work great with your beads!!! Great Job!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  15. Isn't it fun to get down & dirty and come out with a beautiful one of a kind bracelet to go with your anchor charms.

  16. Oh Michelle, the ceramic nautilus charms you made -- your shell, octopus, crab and a seahorse -- are gorgeous!! I clicked on your photo to look at everything enlarged -- you are so talented!! Your charms have exquisite detail and color and are adorable. I love that you had a SGS shell & sailboat to add in also, and that you created a beautiful charm bracelet celebrating the sea! Rich and wonderful, with cool antique copper crystal charms, too. It must feel and sound as amazing as it looks! Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your ceramic art work and design talents! Ahoy!! Rita