Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Michael's Beading Challenge Blog Hop Reveal...
Heather Powers of HumbleBeads and Lorelei Eurto teamed up to offer a fun creative challenge! They found an inspiration piece, created a color palette, and selected beads from Michael's to be used in the challengers' creations.
Since Heather and Lorelei teamed up to host this event, a few beading buddies of mine thought it would be fun to team up also! We were also inspired by Heather's polymer talents and scheduled a "clay date". Alison and Laurel work on their polymer clay components in the above picture. (Unfortunately, I was swamped in the shop that day and couldn't make any polymer clay goodies for myself, but I would periodically check on them and root them on! Go team! Go!)
This is Alison's piece! Here's what she had to say about it: "I used at least one of every bead and added my own clay beads. I was inspired by Donna Kato to create these swirly components. I strung one half on leather and the other on two different colors of waxed linen to create this necklace."
This is Laurel's piece! Here's what she had to say about it: "I used all the beads! Hooray!!! My added components were the polymer dangles from our "clay date" and the brass spacers I purchased from Allegory Gallery. I made my own chain from brass jump rings and split rings and used some waxed linen from the Deep Waters Challenge that I had leftover, to fill some space and add some symmetry to the piece. Overall, it's a fun Boho chic piece that I will definitely have a good time wearing! What a fun challenge!"
This is my piece! I had a fun time with the color palette. They aren't colors that I use much, especially in combination. So it was a good challenge to work outside of my comfort zone to create this bracelet.
Everything in the bracelet is from the bead selections that Heather and Lorelei picked out, except for the balled headpins, toggle, and chain. I used these items to create the wire-wrapped dangle embellished chain.
Here's an alternate view of my bracelet. When I made it, I thought about the fabric inspiration and the fun movement it must have in a dress. So, I wanted to incorporate as much movement as possible. I fell back on one of my beloved techniques to create this dangly bracelet.
Make sure to visit our hosts' blogs! Heather and Lorelei did a fantastic job organizing this blog hop. And when you get to Heather's blog, take a bit of time to hop around and see what all the other participants made. (And if you made something, make sure to add your link!) CLICK HERE to visit Heather's blog to see the full list of participants!