Hello! Welcome to my (not so bloggy) blog! I am happy as a clam to be participating in Andrew's first reader's challenge! It has been quite some time since I've made a piece of jewelry and this was just the opportunity for me to dive back in. Boy, do I admire the folks who produce many pieces day after day. I think I restrung this first necklace 6 or 7 times until I had it (mostly) how I'd like it to be. I love this necklace, the colors are some of my favorites and it can easily be worn year-round.
In this necklace I used a number of pieces from Andrew's design kit: the Keith O'Connor tube bead, oxidized natural brass chain, Czech glass from Raven's Journey, semi-precious stones, luxury bead blend, and Andrew's mystery component - the copper leaf pendant. I added African blue opal rondelles, amazonite rondelles, turquoise rounds, dyed mother of pearl "shark teeth" (for lack of a better description), copper jumprings, a hammered brass ring, brass chain links, a vintage glass bicone, and SoftFlex - all from The Beadin' Path; Vintaj natural brass rings and leaves, gunmetal bronze wire by Artistic Wire and brass jump rings from A.C. Moore; a mother of pearl tube bead, ceramic oval, and recycled, cut-glass round from Caravan Beads; a hook from Melinda Orr, and finally, sea glass chips I drilled as well as some sea glass and sea pottery shards I soldered.
This necklace screams summer (and beach, my favorite place on earth) to me:
I love lime green, turquoise and silver in the summer! The focal of this piece was included in the reader's challenge kit and is a beautiful spring green leaf pendant from Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood Studio. Also included in the design kit was the lime green lampworked sugar bead by Bernadette Fuentes. I added a piece of aqua sea glass that I soldered along with pressed glass coins, rondelles and basemetal chain I picked up at Caravan Beads along with a sterling silver clasp and jump rings from The Beadin' Path and the ring from an old toggle I had.
Blogger was not being kind to me with regard to hyperlinks today (4th time's the charm?), so these are a bit out of order. Enjoy the hop!
Katie James, Sarajo Wentling and Margriet Schnabel's beauties are on Andrew's blog