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
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!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
That's awesome! You will love the waxed linen once you start using it. So glad you like my beads, too.Delete
What a great statement piece! Glad you could join us!ReplyDelete
Thank you! It was a really fun challenge :)Delete
Love the owl with these beads! Such a pretty statement necklace!ReplyDelete
I am crazy for owls! So glad you like my design.Delete
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!)ReplyDelete
Thank you! I thought the twist added a fun element, too.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
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!Delete
Love it! your design is wonderful and your beads are a fabulous addition to the color palette.ReplyDelete
I love how all the beads work so well with your owl. It't lovely!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Tanya! Owls are one of my obsessions right now. I appreciate you reading my blog!Delete
So very pretty, Miss Michelle! I really like the twisted strands. A playful necklace! Enjoy the day. ErinReplyDelete
Thanks, Erin - and your pendant is amazing that Heather used in her design. Thanks for reading my blog!Delete
What a cute owl pendant! It's perfect with the challenge beads!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I am an owl fan for sure!Delete
I really enjoy the layering that you did with this necklace. Very dramatic!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Katherine! It is a NOTICE ME kind of necklace - Lol. I appreciate you reading my blog!Delete
Love this necklace Michelle...your owl bead fit perfectly into those summery colors!ReplyDelete
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!Delete
What an absolutely delightful design! I especially love the ceramic swirl of yours!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Alison! The swirls are a fun accent bead. I appreciate you reading my blog!Delete
What a great design! I love all the beads play off each other and the focal.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Shaiha! I wouldn't normally put all these colors together, so what a great challenge for me. Thanks for reading my blog!Delete
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!ReplyDelete
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 :)Delete