Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Challenge (c5) Reveal

I’m honored to be a part of another design challenge led by the generous and talented Toltec Jewels aka Rita Avila. I always find it fun to see what other designers will do with the same bead. The featured bead was made by Sue Kennedy of SueBeads.


They’re all so pretty it wouldn’t matter which color I received, right?

I love to age, paint, and patina brass…but I love raw brass too. It may have to do with my love of vintage things and yard art, and it’s not for everyone since it is not finished, polished and may age in strange ways. Even though this blog hop was scheduled on Sunday and I had a different blog hop on Saturday, I made this piece first and it influenced my other piece. I don’t like to match, preferring complementary pieces and I love to use whatever I find lying on my table so I ended up with a nice set without purposely trying. All I need to make are earrings now.

First I curved the stamping on my mandrel.

1 blankThen I beaded it here and there.

2 cuff

Finally I added my colors to complement the bead. I really wanted to highlight the bead and make it the focal so I hope Sue likes it.

3 beading

4 whole

Please join me in seeing what the other artists have made:



Guest of Honor & Featured Artist: Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy’s blogs:                   

Art Jewelry Elements

Sue Kennedy’s website

SueBeads Art Beads


Toltec Jewels                                 



Linda Anderson                             

Jennifer Reno                                 

Shirley Moore                               

Kristen Stevens

Marybeth Rich                               

Jael Thorp                                     

Melissa Trudinger                           

Andrea Glick

Nan Smith

Blanca Medina

Shai Williams                                 

Carolyn Lawson                             

Rana Wilson                                   

Robin Reed                                   

Robin Showstack                           

Sheila Prosterman                           

Karla Morgan                            

Kari Asbury                                   

Kelly Rodgers

Jayne Capps                                 

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi         

Heather Richter                             

Chris Eisenberg                             

Kathleen Breeding

Linda Landig                                 


Crystal Thain                                 

Cheri Reed                                   

Heather d-Entremont                     

Dini Bruinsma                               

Lori Schneider                               

Tammy Adams

Melinda Orr                                 

Lennis Carrier                               

Cynthia Machata                           

Elizabeth Hodges                         

Debbie Rasmussen                       

Tanya McGuire                             

Charlie Jacka

Ev Shelby                                     

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson             

Jasvanti Patel                             


About windbent

I try to reclaim, reuse and re-love items from our past and make them modern again. I see my jewelry as a fusion of old and new, cross cultural, and spanning time periods. Because I use vintage items within my jewelry, there may be age related signs of love that make them special. Each piece will be unique or made in small batches that are similar, but still different. If I find an item I love and it doesn't want to become jewelry, I give it a new home in another art format.
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24 Responses to Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Challenge (c5) Reveal

  1. Linda A says:

    WOW! I love the creativity and how you used the brass filigree! It wouldn’t have crossed my mind to use it in that way….and the chicklet fits perfectly in there. Well done!

    Linda A.

  2. I just love how the little chicklet sits like it belongs in the the brass piece. Lovely! Great piece.

  3. sheila prose says:

    These little chicklets look great in any setting. I love the way you wired tyourchick into the metal stamping.

  4. Tammy Adams says:

    Beautiful design. I just started using brass last fall and am in love with the vintage look it adds to jewelry designs. Your color choices are wonderful.

  5. I am in love with this design! fabulous idea to bend the frame to create a bracelet bar! I’ve gotta give that a try! really beautiful piece

  6. Kari Asbury says:

    Beautiful! love the way you brought the brass stamping and chicklet together…like they were made for each other. Your color choices are perfect…great job!

  7. That does it. I have to get a mandrel because I just love how you took a brass stamping and turned it into such a gorgeous focal. Just beautiful!

  8. beadlove says:

    I do love how you highlighted the chicklet in the brass stamping and made a beautiful bracelet. I like the colors you chose and that little tie of fiber!

  9. cryssT says:

    All I can say is that it is one sweet piece and you are very talented.

  10. Beautiful bracelet, love love love it. The design is stunning!

  11. Shirley says:

    I so appreciate you showing your design process. What a wonderful design. Your creativity is always a pleasure to see. 🙂

  12. Linda Landig says:

    What a creative way to highlight Sue’s bead. Great work.

  13. Jael says:

    Don’t know how you did that… but it’s really really cool!!

  14. Lady Lilith says:

    Just stunning. Great collection of beads.

  15. Great idea using the mandrel on the stamping and then wiring the chicklet! Very cool!

  16. your bracelet is lovely, well done!!

  17. medibeads says:

    I like your pendant. The frame give a vintage look.

  18. That’s a very pretty way to set the chicklet, you made a very special design! Elegant and feminine♥ Love it…

  19. vem030956 says:

    Beautiful design and I love how it accents the bead color. Excellent job!

  20. JenRen says:

    This is just lovely Lennis!! All of the elements you used came together so well! A very unique piece for sure. One of my favorites of this challenge!

  21. CraftyHope says:

    What a really great way to frame and highlight the bead. I think it turned out phenomenally!

  22. ZenithJade says:

    Gorgeous piece! I love how you used the chicklet bead! 😀 And I lovelovelove raw brass.

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