Lorelei Eurto challenged the readers of her blog, Lorelei’s Blog Inside The Studio, to create a necklace using materials that she had selected from Michael’s for us. The idea was that even though we all used mostly the same materials, everyone would have their own creative take on what to design with those materials. It’s going to be a blast to see what everyone came up with. In addition to the required beads, we were allowed to add two of our own types of beads, as well as our own pendant (optional) and our own clasp. Just to sweeten the challenge, Lorelei included some white chain and pearls in the required bead collection, pointing out that many jewelry designers use very little white.
White Chain – Now What?
I wasn’t sure how to tie in the white chain with all the other elements, so I started looking through my (large and unwieldy) pendant collection. Bingo! I found this pendant by local ceramic artist, Marion Pollmann. The brown and white of the pendant just pulled everything else together, plus the rustic style of her pendant was a perfect match with the carved wood and cinnabar.
I wired 36 of the small green pearls to a short section of the chain and added 12 of my own small, brick-red cube beads. I then used some dark sage-green seed beads from my stash, to suspend the pendant from the center of the chain. I found this awesome button in my collection – check out how closely it echos the flower in Marion’s pendant! I set it to the side, so it would show when worn and created a loop of seed beads to clasp around the button.
I used the rest of the beads from Michael’s to complete the necklace. I really enjoyed this challenge and I hope you’ll enjoy visiting some of the other challenge participants to see what they have created. Their blogs are listed at the end of this post. Have fun blog hopping!