Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Reveal

I just love participating in Andrew Thornton’s monthly challenges. His kits are filled with the most delightful surprises. The October kit was blue, my favorite color and right up my alley—well except for the skull bead he included. I’ve never used one of these in my jewelry before, but it seemed fitting considering it was almost Halloween.


Andrew's October Kit

For some reason I went dainty with my creations this time. I never know what my customers are going to want, but it seems that they gravitate to the simple pieces. Maybe it’s because they can be worn any time for any occasion, whereas the fuller and more artistic pieces are somewhat limited as to where they can be worn.

The first necklace includes one of Sue Beads lovely glass headpins. It reminded me of a tiny snowflake, and so the title of the necklace was born. Also included from the kit are various pearls and crystals which were used to make the chain link on one side. A sweet little lampwork bead from LGL Artists sits on top of the ‘snowflake’ headpin. Vintaj components are also included.


'And Soon Comes Winter'

I received a large order of Vintaj products just before I was making this bracelet, and the sweet ‘Soaring Sparrow’ was begging to be included. A couple crystals from the kit flank the sparrow, and the blue beads are from the luxury bead blend also from the kit. Again more Vintaj components—I just love their stuff!


'Midnight Flight'

The inspiration for the second necklace came from Keith O’Connor’s ceramic blue swirl bead which was included in the kit. I used it as part of the focal along with sterling hammered links on either side, and a gunmetal chain.


'Twilight Zone'

I have never made miss-matched earrings before, but the skull bead seemed suited for this. The second earring sports a carved bead, and both include pearls, crystals-all from the kit, and gunmetal chain. I love the idea of miss-matched earrings and will be doing more of these in the future.


'Dead of Night'



I was determined to use everything in the kit but I just ran out of time and wasn’t able to use the pretty terra-cotta bead from Rare Earth Beads, and the silver ball chain.

I had a lot of fun with this kit! Be sure to check Andrew’s blog on November 4th for links to the other participants, or click on the links below:

Shay Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Michelle Hardy http://fireflyvisions.blogspot.com/
Rosemarie Cowit http://www.gemrosedesigns.blogspot.com/
Cilla Watkins http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com/
Christina Porter http://www.QueenBeeDesignsNY.com/
Collette Collins http://fireflymyst.blogspot.com/
Mary Govaars http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/
Jessica Nelson http://stilettospirituality.blogspot.com/
Tara Linda http://taralinda.wordpress.com/
Alice Peterson http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com/ --you're here!
Lisa Lodge http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com/
Cece Cormier http://www.thebeadingyogini.com/
Karin Slaton http://backstorybeads.blogspot.com/
Sandi Volpe http://www.sandivolpe.com/
Kate Richbourg http://katerichbourg.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Michelle Mach http://www.michellemach.com/blog/
Andrew Thornton http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/

23 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Totally awesome! You created such wearable pieces, even the skull earrings - so clever! I can't believe you did this much with one kit! Enjoy the day. Erin

Sally Russick said...

Alice! Beautifully done!! You made yourself a whole collection of very clever pieces! I love them all!!

Cece said...

Love all the pieces you created from the kit. Well done.

fireflymyst said...

Beautiful pieces!! I love the "Twilight Zone necklace the best:>D

Cindy Cima said...

These are all lovely! The miss matched earrings are terrific!
I also love Vintaj and usually use it in most of my designs.
Great job!

The Little Dog Laughs said...

You have a gift, dear one. So glad you're revealing it to others.....xox Carmen

The Little Dog Laughs said...

Oh, and your banner photo...makes me soooo homesick. xoxo Carmen

Michelle Mach said...

So pretty! The Vintaj materials work so well with all the blue beads. You really rocked this challenge! I think you won't have any trouble finding customers for these!

taralinda said...

I love the statements that your pieces make; simple, elegant, & cool. I really like the earrings. ;)

Bobbie said...

All the pieces are lovely, but the earrings actually made me comment aloud when I saw them -- very cool!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Great pieces Alice.

Therese's Treasures said...

Alice, All of your design are beautiful and really love the miss matched earrings.
Therese

BackstoryBeads said...

What a splendid collection from one kit!! You've revealed the best of each bead. I love them all, but those cool earrings are my favorite.

Shaiha said...

What gorgeous pieces! Everyone one of them is something that I would happily wear.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I agree with the comment above - you definitely have a gift! You get the blue ribbon of awesomeness from me - each and every piece is a gem.

Sandi Volpe said...

Wow, love all your pieces, fantastic designs.

Patty said...

SO beautiful! I was sorry to miss this one in my favorite color - love the first necklace and bracelet!!!

SueBeads said...

WOW! Your pieces are all fantastic!

Andrew Thornton said...

Great pieces! You did a fantastic job! You've created several very sellable and wearable pieces that I think your customers will love! Nicely done!

Jewels By Ine said...

You made some nice pieces!

Wendy said...

Beautiful work! I really love the "And Soon Comes Winter" necklace! :)

Anonymous said...

Great pieces....love them all! Nice job :o)
~Des

jennifers jewels and junk said...

Love what you did with this collection of beads!!