A few weeks ago when Nancy and I did a little challenge, we went on a little shopping trip together to Michaels and bought all the same beads. We thought it would be fun to create something with the beads, in our own way, and then blog the results. We called it a challenge but really the only challenge was each of us using the same beads with the same ground rules on what we could add. It's not really a challenge, there is not judging or prizes. The response from readers was huge so, I thought it might be fun to do it again on the blog and ask that the readers who want to participate- buy the same beads.
So last night after work I headed over to Michaels, and picked out several strands. I went with an earthy color palette, but picked a color that people don't generally use in jewelry: WHITE! That might be the challenge for some of you!
Here are the goods I picked out. The beads were actually on sale 30%, and I believe this sale ends on Sunday, and next week's ad says they'll be 40% off! So, it's worth it to get your beads on Monday so you can take advantage of that sale. Unless you have a coupon, and then you could probably get even more of a deal. The beads are all from the bead gallery. But the chain is from the Bead landing line. It's not with these beads, it was in another aisle. If you can't find it, just use a different chain.
I picked, white enamel coated chain, small green freshwater pearls, carved wood cubes, large white freshwater pearls, new jade rounds, and a strand each of white and brown carved cinnabar coins.
So here are some rules. You must use the beads shown here, and you can add in up to 2 additional bead types to your design. Create a necklace with the beads, using your own choice of focal. The clasp can be your own choosing, doesn't have to be handmade, but can be if you want it to. The necklace can be any design you like, using any technique- that'll be the fun part of of the whole thing- to see what different things you can do with these same beads.
Let's set a date for reveal our necklaces for Sunday Oct 17th. I know that's not a lot of time but I want to maintain interest and if we wait too long, people might forget about it.
If you are interested in play along, leave a comment here and throw up the link to your blogs so that I can check them all out. I was trying to think of a way to do a blog hop, and I could do that as long as I have everyone's blog address, so make sure you give that to me in your comment.
If you want to play but don't have a blog, feel free to email your pics to me and I'll put them in a blog post to show them off.
Hope this sounds fun- I am looking forward to creating something with these new goodies, and seeing what everyone else did with them too! Have fun with it!