A few weeks ago I purchased a kit for the Seed Bead and Metal Blog Hop. I' m a huge fan of Shirley, the author Beads & Bread blog....talented beader, homeschooling mom, baker and all around nice gal. And also through this challenge, I've made the acquaintance of Sharyl of Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections, who co-hosted the event with Shirley.
The challenge was to create something with the contents of a kit. The catch is that the contents were a surprise! Participants only knew that they would receive 1-2 beaded components from Shirley, 2 metal pieces from Sharyl, and a surprise. Here was my packet:
Very pretty components! And here are the rules:
"You are only required to use one of the seed bead pieces from our featured artist, Shirley Moore, for the reveal. If you can also use some of the metal pieces in the same or other jewelry designs, that would be highly encouraged! All the rest is totally up to you. It is not necessary to use everything or to use items in the surprise packet. I would just as soon see your own inspired designs! The packet is just a "thank you" and in case you like any inspiration it sends your way! "
Now, even though the only requirement was to use the pieces from Shirley...I felt compelled to make something that included at least one of Sharyl's pieces. And that was the challenge for me!
All the components are beautiful...the beaded component has great pale green/chartreuse-y colors, pops of pale pink, a dark metally brown, and some really cool cream color delicas (with maybe an a/b finish inside??)....love these diamonds that Shirley made - but I found myself wishing I had a packet of coordinating seed beads with this piece! And then there were Sharyl's pieces...I was totally drawn to the coin type metal components....finished degrees of gold brightness. Just gorgeous. So the challenge for me, was putting these components together. I had something in mind when I first received the packet, however, it just wasn't working when I was attempting to put it together.
Finally, after a bit of fiddling, I decided to create a simple pendant. I used only one of the seed bead components and one of the metal components. By adding some fringe, I was able to bring the colors from both pieces together. The fringe includes bright gold seed beads, some greenish delicas and a dark brown metallic bead. The crystals matched the greenish seed beads in Shirley's component almost perfectly!
I confess I only started working on this challenge a few days ago. Though I thought about it a lot over the last couple weeks. I started and stopped and pulled apart several attempts until I came up with this idea! It's simple, but I'm happy with the results!
Here is a list of the other participants!
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson --
Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections (*Co-Host)
Candy Wham -- (Participant posting on Sharyl's blog)
Angi Mullis -- (Participant posting on Sharyl's blog)
Shirley Moore -- Beads and Bread (*Co-Host)
Laren Dee Barton -- Laren Dee Designs
Beti Horvath -- Stringing Fool
Tanya Goodwin -- A Work in Progress
Marybeth Rich -- Forest of Jewels
Amy Severino -- AmyBeads - you are here!
Carolyn's Creations -- Carolyn's Creations