Welcome to my third Online Blog Reader challenge. This month we shopped at FusionBeads.com. I picked out the initial components to work from, you can see the shopping list here. Everyone that participated used the components that they could get their hands on, and the rules were loose in that participants could use a focal of their choosing, and any additional beads could also be added. The skies the limit, in that participants can create a necklace, a bracelet, earrings, whatever their heart desires.
This is my finished necklace. As asymmetrical necklace where the owl toggle from Green Girl Studios is the main focal. Up the left side of the necklace I used the olive leather cording, and beaded 2 strands with the faceted glass rounds, and some Vintaj Brass filigree tube beads. Then at the back and down the right side, a double strand- beaded with the wood rounds, and seed beads, and pairs of lucite leaves at 4 intervals. It's not a really exciting design but it is definitely wearable, earthy and Nature inspired!
Here is Cilla Watkins' designs using the Fusion Beads mix. She created a lovely bracelet and earrings set. Here's what she had to say:
"These are not colours I would normally use but I did find others in my stash to match.
I couldn't use the clasp I bought. The owl was sold out so I bought the butterflies instead.
I think the owl would have worked well with the forest like them but the butterflies seemed too delicate.
So, I used a brass elephant clasp for a different feel that made me think of India. I bought the leather lace too and didn’t find a place for it.
Sometimes I feel you need to be able to edit yourself or you end up with bead “vomit” by trying too hard to used everything."
Here is another emailed submission! Betty Stafford put togther a beautiful necklace.
"Loved the beads Lorelei chose, especially the colors. I was constantly reminded of the wintry landscape out my windows as I worked on this piece. I did find the drop seed beads a bit of a challenge to incorporate, but think they worked with the leather at the back of the neck. I was unable to get the Lucite leaves, but added a small hill tribe silver leaf to the clasp with a bit of leather. The fire polished beads, wooden beads and leather with the Green Girl owl clasp really worked together in my opinion to create a winter woodland theme."
Thank you Betty and Cilla for participating!
Now- Get to Hopping!