When I joined this blog hop, hosted by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures, (gratefulartist.blogspot.com), I had no idea what a design challenge it would be. I had no idea what beads would arrive in the mail; I only knew the goal was to create something based on a season, whether it be a season of year, or a season of one’s life. This is what I received:
Now to me, these colors just screamed summer. These beads really took me out of my comfort zone. I was about to go on vacation and see a friend of mine who I met in the 90’s, so I was thinking a lot about “old times” and I remembered that I used to either like chokers, or I liked those long necklaces you can buy at places like Pier One Imports or World Market that are from India or Africa. That’s when I knew I wanted to make something long that I could double up. I started to look at what I had to add to the mix.
I think I need a bigger dish.
I originally envisioned making a flapper-style necklace approximately 60″ long, and possibly some earrings. The necklace had a different idea.
Here are the earrings:
And here is the bracelet I made to match:
Once I strung all the beads in the order I was happy with, it ended up being 48″ long. Besides the bead kit Lisa sent me, I added: modern and vintage glass including glass from India and the Czech Republic; vintage Lucite; vintage wood; coral; ceramics; and modern acrylic beads. In addition to my own stash these beads came from six different generous jewelry artists I am fortunate to know.
Here’s what was left of my bead kit: