So, for this challenge, we each used a set or SETS of these Resin bauble sliders from Michael's. I have been thinking about what to do with these since I got them and then I got this nasty cold, so my ideas were on hold for a few days. Today, I went back to Michael's and got a few more packages of the purple/peach sliders so that I could get a real statement piece crafted. Heck, I may even try to find a dress to wear this necklace with for my sister's wedding!
I made the main piece using the purple and peach sliders, some leather cording, seed beads, and some wire wrapped Faceted Ametrine barrels. For the enclosure I created a button and hook type clasp with an old vintage gold colored button, and a Vintaj Brass Co. shepherd's hook.
I used just one side of the sliders to string them onto leather cording with some coral color seed beads in between to space them out. To jazz up the leather, I wire wrapped some faceted barrels of beautiful purple Ametrine onto some new twisted wire from Beadalon. I simple thread the wire through each wire wrapped loop and finished the back with a button and hook clasp.
I really love how it turned out, but it is a little heavy. I worry I won't be able to wear it but we'll see. I haven't even started shopping for my dress yet for Franny's wedding.
I had a set of the aqua sliders too so I used them in a more simple necklace with some gold plated chain, linen cording and a few lampwork glass spacers from Gardanne Beads.
I like how it lays when the beaded section is at one side of the necklace instead of at the dead center front.
To attach the sliders I thread the linen cording through the slider holes and pulled the ends together, strung a lampwork bead, and then tied an overhand knot.
Here is Terri's post, she was unable to blog her projects so I offered to show her post and photos here!
For me, the hardest part of this challenge was deciding whether or not to try it. I found out from other Michael's Challenges that Lorelei has had tha my two closest Michael's stores dont have the best jewelry departments. Some of the components weren't in the two stores that are 45 minutes from my house. I did discover, quite by accident that a town about an hour and a half away had a Michael's that carried everything I'd ever seen in a Lorelei Challenge. So after the brief, initial sign up was over, I found the time to drive to Fairlawn to look for the goods. After all, I reasoned, it would be worth the trip no matter what because of the 50% off sale!
And oh! The decisions! I liked both resin color pallets, but I decided to go with the aquas because with brown hair and brown eyes, I look good in all shades of auqua, teal, and turquoise. I would have lots of clothes I could wear my design with. But since I have a limited stash, I decided to browse the jewelry pieces parts until I came up with some other components to work with. The resin was kind of blingy, so blingy stuff seemed the direction to go. And with th intense faceting in the resin, I decided faceting should also factor into my choices. I was thinking bracelet, since the resin was kind of heavy and would be hard to balance in a necklace, plus I though I'd wear a blingy bracelet more than a flashy, statement-making necklace.
I browsed a long time, and decided on some quartrefoil-shaped resin beads that were covered with square facets. The label said "aqua glass 18mm," but the four pieces per strand alternated auqua beads with blue beads. I decided to use just the aqua and keep the blue for another project. The 18 mm size was a good match for the long resin components. And since the center spheres in the resin peices had a whitish, golden cast, I decided to pick up several strands of glass rondell 3x4 mm crystals to use to tie the bracelet together. The gold hardware meant I'd need to follow through with gold in the rest of my design, so I chose gold color Beadalon stringing wire and looked for a gold clasp. On area that Michael's could improve on is their selection of clasps. I didn't find anything in gold that struck me as a possiblity, but I did stumble onto some neat, clear crystal beaded beads that matched my little crystals. I decided one of them would be perfect to combine with a beaded loop of the little crystals for a closure, and it's spherical shape matched the resin spheres while the size went well with the size of the quarefoils.
When I sat down to construct the bracelet, I wanted to use two of the aqua quatrefoil beads offset between each of the resin components to help get more balance between the size of the resin pieces and the quatrefoils, but I was having difficulty figuring out how to work with four strands of beading wire with two holes in all of the components. So I finally gave that up in favor of getting the piece finished on time. I really like the way it turned out, but I just tied off the beading wire so I could photogrph it, since I think it would lie a little nicer if I shorten the connecting crystal strips by just one bead. The fit is pretty good now, but I think that little tweek will make me happier with it overall.
I'd like to thank Lorelei for coming up with this challenge. It was a real stretch to work with something so interesting that I know I wouldn't have picked up on my own and it's fun to see what everyone has come up with! Getting out of one's comfort zone can be a little scary, but fun in the end!
A Polymer Penchant
Pearl and Pebble
Beads for Busy Gals
B Street Studios