Time for the Sunny Day Blog Hop with Lisa Lodge at A Grateful Artist. For this challenge she sent out a bead kit with cultured seaglass and czech glass in shades of blue, yellow and green. Blue for the sky, yellow for the sun and green for the grass and leaves. Participants were instructed to make beady creations using their kit beads, and other items in their bead stash (if they so chose). This is what I received.
There were so many possibilities, it was hard to choose. Since I had not worked with Peanut Seed Beads or Farfelle Beads I went looking for patterns to get ideas. The one I chose for an idea was the Jolie Band from Around The Beading Table. I didn't have the beads required, but I like the way it looked so this is what I created.
It is a bracelet with matching earrings. The Blue glass and the green bubble looking beads were from the kit, the black half moon beads and the opaque green beads are from my stash. This really wasn't a pattern for peanut beads, but I like the way it came out. Almost looks like green bubbles between the blue glass beads.
From there I was really drawn to the blue circles and the yellow squares. This is what I designed with them. The little green sea glass beads hanging on the yellow are from the kit also. The goldtone squares on top of the yellow were from my stash and in fact are part of toggle sets. I just really liked the way they looked.
For my final project where I used most of the rest of the beads and some from my stash I created after seeing a necklace similar in style. I made it so that it can slip over the head and also put a lobster claw finding on one side in case you wanted to undo it. I put two fish charms over the lobster claw so you really can't see it.
Each separate component on the first two rows were strung on wire and connected by a 3 link section of tiny chain. The yellow, light green, orange in the first two rows are from the kit. The rest from my stash. The crystal glass beads and the blue glass beads on the third and fourth row are from the kit. They were joined with just jump rings. Here is where the fish charms are. And if you look closely, the four loop connector I used to hang all the strands on is the other part of the toggle set that I used in the earrings I showed earlier.
Here is the pair of earrings I made to go with the necklace. In it you can see the clear crystal beads from the kit better. The yellow glass beads and the circular yellow sea glass beads were from my stash.
So there you have it. I still have more beads and more idea's. For more great ideas and designs go check out Lisa's Blog.
Til next time...keep on beading!