Blogging has definitely taken a back seat to all the other things I've been doing.
This month, May's beads. Oh My Goodness. Such beautiful emerald greens.
The inspiration for this month is this photo of gorgeous succulents and orange flowers. Unfortunately I wasn't able to receive all of this month's beads, but only received the greens.
These are the beads I did not end up using .... NO reason really, other than that I ran out of time and created my challenge pieces very very last minute. As is expected lately with me. ACK.
The beads we received are:
Here are 3 pieces I have created based on this months inspiration!
This first is a bracelet with copper accents, and some of the 10mm green jasper rounds and one of my recently created Nunn Design Bezels with a clover. I also included a FIND YOUR FIRE polymer barrel by Swoon Dimples on a piece of grey Leather from Beadshop.com
I created this sweet firefly which was inspired by a bee clasp in Candie Cooper's book Metalworking for Beaders. Check it out on Amazon! Instead of soldering my piece, I did a cold connection of a screw rivet instead. I created a link out of it by punch holes in each end.
The clasp is made from a plain ol' copper washer, and I paired it with this copper link-turned-toggle bar.
This was such a fun piece to assemble- and I love all the different elements.
Next up, a more simple design. I used the Bead Gallery® 7 x 12mm natural shell ovals and just did a long simple necklace using more of that grey leather from Beadshop.com and a I beaded in a couple of vintage Boot buttons for a little extra MOP love.
But I love this piece and I could see someone wearing this all summer long. It's a great every day piece!
Here is a close up shot of the boot buttons!
And finally the piece de resistance..... A chunky beaded necklace- asymmetrical of course- with some pops of orange!
The large flower polymer lentil at the left is one I have had in stash for a very long time, from ArtyBecca. I used the Bead Gallery® green dyed quartzite chips, and the 10mm green jasper rounds with the Hemetite cubes as small spacers between the beads.
The clasp is made from a hollow Porcelain bead from Round Rabbit Extra with some more metallic leather cording from Beadshop.com.
The metal turtle button which I found in my stash and I really can't remember where it even came from.... is just so perfect with all these other components.