Friday, June 5, 2015

Epic Inspirations Blog Hop and Challenge

Melissa Trudinger of Beadreceipes threw out a challenge a few months ago. It is called Epic Inspirations. We were to make a jewelry piece inspired by one of our favorite TV shows.Well I love watching NCIS, CSI - all of them and my favorite people are Abby and Penelope. They both like to wear funky jewelry and Abby likes the black look. So I wanted to try and combine them into something EPIC.....

I had these disks with the holes in them and decided to sew "fringe" in each one. I decided on black and silver because Abby likes black and Penelope likes dangley pendants. Each fringe is 15 silver beads with a black at the beginning and end. I used black wildfire line to sew with. I was afraid I wouldn't finish as I ran out of silver beads but was able to get to JoAnns and get some more. I don't know how many are in each bag but it says 3.5 oz and I used a bag and a half.

 After putting it on the silver chain with the black chain woven through it, it just looked to forlorn. So I added the black and silver beads for now. But I think I am going to get some bigger chunky chain and finish it off. I have a toggle clasp in the back.

Each segment is hand sewn and as you will see in the next picture, it was time consuming! The earrings are made the same way. ALL hand sewn! I thought it would be heavy, but it isn't.

Here you can see the stitches in the back of the disks. I had planned on putting little felt backs on each one but ran out of time. There are 7 large disks and 5 small disks. I also used two disks to create the earrings.

Here is a close up of the chain and beads I used. Like I said, I think I will look for some larger chunky chain to attach the pendant to.  I have one in mind if I can find it in silver.

Here is a picture of me showing how the "fringe" looks. I was trying to lift up some of it so you could see the individual pieces. 

Thanks for taking a look and below is the list for more EPIC goodies!

Melissa Trudinger    (Hostess)
Karen Mitchell         
Andrea Glick            
Karen Martinez       
Lennis Carrier          
Lindsay Starr            
Mona Arnott            
Lee Koopman          
Shaiha Williams       
Veralynne Malone  
Elisabeth Auld          
Kelly Schermerhorn
Dini Bruinsma          
Jami Shipp                

Keep on Beading!



  1. This is an Epic necklace for sure. That is a boat load of sewing. Turned out fantastic! Great combo of the two characters. I'm sure they would love it.

  2. Whenever I see designs like yours, I think wow, that takes some patience. And clearly it paid off. I bet that would be really fun to wear. Certainly, it will garner lots of attention and compliments. I like your color choice - I'm attracted to shiny! Really well done set. Bring on the fringe!!

  3. I am huge a fan of fringe, and yours is now on the top of my list of fringe favorites! What a great use of those discs. You were thinking creative thoughts and it worked out perfectly. I hope you post a picture of how it looks with the chunky chain. Personally I like the beads as they provide some balance. But, you seem to know what you're doing so I bet the chain will look sensational.

  4. Oh yeah you created something Abby. Classic black and white. The fringe is so pretty and the pieces are lovely.

  5. Oh how clever your use of those disks is! Definitely an epic set! Thanks for joining the blog hop!

  6. What an inspired way to get the fringe to sit the way you wanted. That necklace and earrings are so Abbey. I'm not familiar with Penelope and will have to check out the show again. It's been awhile since I watched.

  7. I love your fringey necklace. What a great way to construct it because it looks full and lay wonderfully.

  8. I love NCIS too! Abby is definitely my favorite character, with Gibbs a close second. :)

    This necklace and earring set totally does her justice! LOVE IT!


  9. I can't believe that hangs so well. I'm really impressed. I don't wear a lot of silver, but I could make an exception.

  10. Silver and black... so cool! And such a special design, the first time ever I see this... Must be great to wear on a black dress ♥♥♥. Stunning!