Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sun and Sea Challenge

Today is the reveal day for the Creative Bead Chat's Sun and Sea Challenge. Six wonderful artists donated beads for this event, and I was one of the lucky winners! Here's what we received.

This necklace is made with Marla James fabulous ceramic focal. I wanted this to be a simple design so the focal stood out. I added hammered chain from Andrew Thornton's Spring Challenge which reminded me of little bubbles, Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski coral glass pearl beads, a sterling clasp and donut bail.

'Andros Barrier Reef'

Earrings made with MOP ovals and handmade hammered copper rings from Melinda Orr, Swarovski crystals, and copper freshwater pearls.

'Sea Maiden'

This necklace is made with Karyn Lewis-Bonfiglio's pretty blue swirled polymer beads, a leftover MOP oval from Melinda Orr, two little orange ceramic beads from Karen Totten, an ebony flower bead from Keirsten Giles bead swap, Melinda Orr's handmade copper clasp, and Vintaj components.

'The Big Island'

These earrings are made with Kathleen's colorful lampwork beads, etched copper charms from Melinda Orr, and brass earwires.

'Long Hot Summer'

And just to cool things off a bit, here is a simple little bracelet made using two of Karen Totten's blue ceramic tube beads, a handful of lampwork spacers from Twinstar, faceted aqua beads, tiny faceted dyed jade beads, lapis rondelles, and sterling silver.

'Cool Waters'

These earrings are made with two of Karen Totten's blue ceramic beads, and the left-over hammered chain from Andrew Thornton's Spring Challenge.


Though we had plenty of time to make jewelry, I didn't get to the lovely wood tile bead from Jlynn, and I still have a couple hammered rings and copper beadcaps from Melinda that didn't find their way into a piece.

I want to thank all the ladies who generously gave their own beads just so we could play. I had a wonderful time with this challenge. I hope you will visit the artist who gave us beads to play with, and also visit the designers listed below to what they created with the same beads.

Aimees Jewelry Treasures
Yay Jewelry
CSW Designs
Alice Dreaming you're here!
Creative Thoughts From Cindy


Higgins Design Studio said...

I love what you've done with the collection. I too had a few leftover copper pieces from Melinda that just didn't find their way into anything.

Anonymous said...

I love every single thing you made! My favorite colors! As I scrolled down the page, I kept saying: "That's cool - I want that!"

Deelitful Boudoir Photography said...

I'm drooling over your pieces! Gorgeous!

Debbie said...

Love your designs! I love blues and I love the ocean! I need to mix more coral and blues as you have done it so beautifully. thanks for sharing!

Kristin Oppold said...

Wow! Love your pieces...Loved the 3rd one especially the assymetry really works. well!!!!!!! Have to look at it a second time ! So cool!

Karyn B said...

Your challenge pieces turned out so well! You really mixed the blues and oranges perfectly!

Mary Lamoray said...

These are wonderful!!! I especially love the 'Barrier Reef' necklace! :)))

I keep seeing the assymetrical designs and have yet to make something of my own... I especially like the designs you see with the large flowers or broach pieces.

These colors were beautiful as well... great job! :)

Unknown said...

So fun! Each with it's unique look, but love them all, especially 'Andros Barrier Reef' using Marla's it!

aneri_masi said...

Love em all..but favs are the first necklace and the MOP oval earrings

CraftyHope said...

Oh, you really made some splendidly lovely pieces. . .and SO MANY of them!! I'm smitten with the necklace with the swirled polymer clay beads. The simplicity of it is stunning!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Wow! What a great job! I love them all...but I have to admit, the simplicity to the bracelet "Cool Waters" really appeals to me! Beautiful!

Pretty Things said...

OK, I've been reading your blog tonight and you keep knocking my socks off. You and I need a play date, I swear!