I signed up for TesoriTrovati’s (Erin Prais-Hintz) bead challenge at the first of the month, and after being given two palettes to choose from, I decided on the “Meandering Mississippi:”
Here is my creation:
I began by shopping my stash to see what matched:
My daughter had given me this beautiful focal bead to recycle, and I thought it looked “mapish,” not to mention being a dead ringer for the palette> I chose antique copper findings because of the rust color in the palette:
I set out to make a Bohemian “chain” for the bead using seed beads and ribbons I had on hand.
But after a lot of work, I met with technical difficulties, and abandoned that idea. Yesterday, after leaving my grandson at nursery school, I made a dash for the nearby Michaels. (We don’t have one in my hometown.) There was a copper chain that I had admired previously, and luckily, there were two strands left! I liked the “global” look of the links, and thought it went well with the “Earth as Art” theme.
I used copper jump rings and the simplest, round toggle from my stash to complete the chain. After much debate, I hung the focal bead from the center “globe” of the chain. It looked like it would be wonky, but I’m wearing it right now, and it hangs just fine:
I’ve not given up completely on that other necklace idea, but for now, I’m very pleased with my creation!
I’ll wear it to town, later!
Link’s to other challenge participants can be found on Erin’s blog, if these links don’t work:
This is as far as I got with my bead challenge before things fell apart, literally. I need to research ways to secure multiple strands of seed beads in one fastener. Crimping did not work. If I don’t get my necklace reworked tonight, this will be my post for tomorrow’s blog hop.
As you can see, I chose the, “Meandering Mississippi” palette:
I still can’t make up my mind on which color palette to choose in Erin’s color challenge
. My daughter gave me this focal bead to recycle, and it’s a perfect match for the Meandering Mississippi palette:
Still, I like these sodalite and bone beads together:
I think they match the other palette very well. I may just choose to do both!
When I got these palettes, I thought the blue and brown one would be the easiest. I’ve got sodalite and wood beads, with antique silver findings for the gray.
As it turns out, I have more beads and findings that go with the peach and turqoise palette. This is harder than I thought it’d be, but I’m enjoying it!
I can choose one, or both, for my bead challenge. I wish I’d had the forethought to check my junk email folder before I left my daughter’s house. There are now 3 Michaels, a Hancock Fabrics, and a Joann’s between here and there. (Oooooh, I just remembered, a Hobby Lobby has recently opened in Mooresville, NC. I’ll have to check that out soon!) Now, I’ll just have to start by shopping my stash (a
I am about to participate in my first Blog Hop/Color Challenge! It’s based on Landsat satellite photos. I have to create a jewelry accessory using a color palette from one of two Landsat images which should be arriving by email shortly. The Blog Hop will be Nov. 30. That’s when I’ll post photos of my work. I am very excited!
Speaking of excitement, I took my mom to Boone, NC, for a doctor’s visit, today, and it snowed the whole time we were there! It was not enough to stick, though they had white out conditions during Hurricane Sandy, leaving patches of snow on the ground. It was just enough to be pretty and inspire Christmas carols!