Friday, 21 September 2012

Lorelei and The Beadin' Path: Challenge Reveal!

Welcome to Lorelei's latest challenge! Anyone who reads this blog knows that I love a challenge....but probably also that I am great at leaving these things til the last minute. I sat down to create yesterday but  by the time I'd finished, it was dark outside. And today, I woke up to more darkness - a rainy, gloomy day. So you'll have to excuse some of the pictures - I'm not happy with them, and hope I'll maybe manage some better ones over the weekend so that I can list them in my shops.

Here's the materials we had to work with:

Fun lucite, acrylic and resin components to work with - a mixture of new and vintage. Very different from my usual materials - but the colours! The colours were pure Songbeads. 

I actually started working on these projects a few weeks ago, but the ideas I had just didn't work. These plastic components are very light, but not quite as light as I had thought - it took me a while to get used to working with these different materials but yesterday it all seemed to flow pretty well. 


 First up, a sweet pendant necklace. I layered lampwork discs and a tiny Czech glass flower on top of one of the resin flowers, and then added a spotty glass rondelle stacked on a faceted czech glass rondelle. 


I used one of the buttons as clasp. I like to use hooks when using larger buttons as closures - slips easily round the shank of the button, and is more secure than a big loop when the clasp is at the back, in my opinion. 


A fun pair of earrings - but they didn't photograph well.....I'll try again when the day is a happier one!
  

Next, some knotting - you knew I couldn't stay away from the linen cord(!) - combining the lucite orange slabs with some cool polymer from BeadsByEarthTones, and some petite czech glass rondelles. Very different to my usual style but I really like it!


Lastly, I tried a bit of ladder stitch with the barrel beads. Some orange cord this time, and I added a ceramic leaf from Kylie Parry, and instead of knotting to finish, added a couple of czech glass flowers to the cord ends. 

A great challenge and I am so pleased with the results! Thanks Lorelei and The Beadin' Path.

You can find the list of others taking part on Lorelei's blog. 

23 comments:

KJ said...

Those turned out really well. They will be fun to wear.

Alessandra said...

you did great!!! I love everything!!!
xxxx Alessandra

Lorelei Eurto said...

WOO HOO!!!! R, you knocked it out of the part with these! I love every piece! How awesome that last bracelet with the linen cording- I never would have that of that. and I really adore the coral orange bracelet- those polymer beads are just perfection with those coral beads.
Thank you much for participating!!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Wonderful pieces! I love lucite (I used to work a The Beadin' Path!). You were very creative with the pieces you made, I especially like the first necklace!

Courtney said...

I love (read want) them all! Beautiful work.

Alice said...

Great pieces, and fabulous colors! My favorites are the first necklace and the bracelet with the orange slabs and polymer beads. What a fun challenge.

Lady Grey said...

<3, beatiful work

AntiquityTravelers said...

I confess I was scared to death of these big beads! But you've done wonders with this hop! That last bracelet is awesome - love that the cording is part of the design

Pixiloo said...

Wow! I am blown away by all of those. The first necklace is so fun and cute. I love the earrings as well. That last bracelet, though, is my favorite. I love how you stacked the beads with the cording.

Creative Atelier said...

I love, love, love this bracelet you made with the lucite orange slabs, some polymer from BeadsByEarthTones & glass rondelles. BEAUTIFUL!!
Don't worry about your pictures, we can clearly see your gorgeous work:)

Copper Diem said...

Great pieces! I love how you used pieces from your own stash as well!

Malin de Koning said...

Rebecca I love all the pieces you have made. And I absolutely A D O R E the bracelets!!!!! Especially the first one with the orange-red slabs and the polymer clay beads. Gorgeous! Fantastic color scheme and perfectly combined beads. The detail with the doubled dark jump rings is very nice. I also think the second bracelet is great. What an interesting solution with the ladder stitch, to bead those beads together. It looks great! I will go hunting for some cylindrical beads in my own stash now. Gotta try it myself :-).

Fantastic job Rebecca!!!! Please let me know when the first bracelet is for sale. I might be interested ...

xxx

Karen Martinez said...

When I grow up I want to create some cool stuff like you! thanks for sharing.

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Bobbie said...

Great pieces! Even if the weather outside wasn't terribly cheery, the jewelry was, and it all shone with a happy glow. I particularly like the idea of using a hook with a shank button as a clasp. May have to file that away as inspiration...

Kashmira Patel said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the cute little pendant in the first necklace...and the barrel bracelet

Heidi Post said...

Everything is adorable, but that first bracelet - the orange and turquoise - is SO freaking Kubrick-Mod! I ♥ it so much!!!!!

sandi m said...

You did a fantastic job with your designs. I really like all of them, especially the orange beads - brilliant!!

Cece Cormier said...

Like that ladder stitched piece. Well done.

freshbakeddesigns said...

I love all the pieces, but especially charmed by the way you laced up the barrel beads in the bracelet...what a statement!

BeadsByEarthTones said...

hey girl! i wonder if you have any idea how talented you are?! of course, i'm partial to the bracelet with my beads in it ;) but i do love the last design. gorgeous colors!!

Lisa Cone - Inspired Adornments said...

Using the barrel beads with a ladder stitch was a BRILLIANT idea. I really love the way it turned out and it has such a nice heft to it!

maryharding said...

Every piece you made is totally fantastic. I could not choose a favorite. I love that you used different techniques with each piece. I will be coming back often to look and look. Thanks so for sharing so many wonderful designs.

Shaiha said...

The thought of working with lucite terrifies me but I just love the pieces that you made. That first necklace I just love with its simplicity. And the bracelets just looks to fun to wear.

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