Friday, 30 January 2015

Malin de Koning's Stacked Earring Challenge

Hello there! It's been a good while since I've had the time to take part in any kind of communal challange/blog hop. There have been a couple which I signed up for and then well and truly dropped the ball on. Oh dear. However, this one was a little bit different...Malin de Koning, a good friend from Sweden, sent a small group of us - Claire Lockwood, Heidi Post and Leah Curtis - a selection of beads to play with, and come up with earrings with. You can't really drop the ball when someone has actually given you a gift of beads, can you? So, on Wednesday I went for my usual lunch date with myself after my weekly acupuncture appointment, and pulled out my tools and Malin's generous bag of beadlings. Here's what she sent us:

And here's what Malin had to say about the challenge:

"The idea is that I give each of us the same set of beads. Beads that I believe would be nice to use in earrings. Nothing exclusive, and no art beads. Just a group of different beads that I myself believe can be used in fun and interesting ways in earrings in a stacked style.

I am longing to see how we all use the same things but in different ways. I am thinking we could all make at least one pair of earrings, but hopefully more. And that we are free to add our own extra beads and/or other components, if we at least use three (3) of the beads from my set in each design."

If you follow Malin's blog (and you should!), you will immediately be able to see her own inimitable sense of style and colour shining through her bead selection. I love that. There's no escaping your own style once you have found it!

And without further ado, here's what I created, adding a few of my own beads into the mix.

LOVE these wooden teeth beads!

(Oops...I broke the rules here.....only 2 of Malin's beads per earring....but that's 4 altogether...and 50% of the beads are from her, so hopefully you will let me away with it Malin!)

Mwah! More kissing birdies. 

If you've enjoyed seeing what I turned this little pile of loveliness into, then take a peek at what everyone else did too! I know I am looking forward to seeing what the same materials have become elsewhere.

Thank you so much to Malin for organising this really fun wee challenge. We should do it again sometime, don't you think? 

Claire Lockwood - SomethingToDoWithYourHands -

Leah Curtis - BeadyEyedBunny -

***Rebecca Anderson - Songbead -***

Heidi Post - ExPostFacto -

Malin de Koning - BeadingByMalindeKoning -


Shaiha said...

Just love them all. I always struggle with earrings and you make it look so easy.

bairozan said...

This was so inspiring, they are all beautiful, especially the asymmetrical pair. Such a great idea to post the collage first, it will make it easier to compare to the other posts, which I'm eager to see :)

Leah Curtis said...

It was fun, wasn't it? I love all of your designs, but especially the green mismatched pair.

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Claire Lockwood said...

Beauties, all of them. I keep thinking I like one pair most then change my mind. The yellow and aqua ones with the birds are so fresh and bright! Love them especially. I'm definitely up for doing this again. Happy to send out the next pack.

Malin de Koning said...

I can't tell how happy I am with the result of this challenge and all the wonderful creations that has been made by everyone.

Oh Rebecca, I love all of your earrings pairs. All fun, creative and just generally lovely. Very you of course. With a little hint of myself in there. That is an added but unexpected lovely bonus. That I can see the merger of you and I. Very interesting indeed. It becomes obvious how the beads we tend to buy and keep in our stash really influence the designs we create. So in a sense one could say that the designs process starts already in the shop. To a much higher degree than I perhaps was aware of before.

If I have to pick a favorite I would say the two ones with the birds. So so sweet. And so very you Rebecca. :-)

Thank you so much for participating!

Susan Delaney said...

Oh, I learn so much from your posts.

And you tried another asymmetrical pair. Go you!

Heidi Post said...

Gah! The birdies! I can't stand it - they are so so adorable :D

Beautiful earrings all around. I'm with Claire - the white bird earrings are my faves. I need some of those birds in my life!!!

Christals Creations said...

What fun. :)

gloria allen said...

Beautiful earrings. Always love your jewelry. My favorite Mismatched green of gold. Thanks for sharing.

CraftyHope said...

Oh, what a fun challenge. I always enjoy those where all the participants have the same beads. It's so much fun to see what everyone comes up with and the variety of the designs from the same set of beads. I always love your designs, these are no exception. And, those green of gold ones are so great in their almost-matchingness.


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