Saturday, October 18, 2014

Agate Challenge

It always seems like time is galloping-by in leaps and bounds...

Here are the lovely items I created with the Lisa Lodge's Pine Ridge Studio's Agate Challenge kit.

The challenge I created for myself??? - use as many of the kit beads as possible, use a different metal color for each piece, and create create create at least three pieces.
(I cannot tell a lie..I still have a few agate beads left over... perhaps earrings are yet to come!)

These were the first beads I literally snapped-up from the kit first!  These are sooo darn cute..chubby!   Paired with a sweet ceramic peachy-pink birdie, several silver flower-drops and a bit of silver...and there it was.

This one came next..challenge = antique brass!..a first for me.   I hammered those bead caps so they would gently cap the super-plump agate beads.  Several strands of chain seemed to fit the scale of these beads best.  I added a vintage star dangle to make this stellar. (sorry ;)

Up next...copper!  Oh, this one was super-easy.  I chose a few vintage Lucite flower beads in a sweet frosty coppery color to pair-up with these elegant agate ovals.  Those are copper jump-rings used as spacers.  Finally, since I had the 'chain-thing' happening, I added multiple strands of bright copper links to the piece.  It's really a beauty in-person, very shimmery and shiny..just like a new copper penny.

Last but not least..more copper, antiqued this time.  This piece started with those same lovely oval agates, but just kept going on for a necklace.  Those spacers are Czech Glass coppery rondelles and the chain has been in my stash for some time (can't remember where I got it?!).  I grabbed that gorgeous flower pendant at Spring BeadFest Phila and for the life of me cannot remember the Artist's name (if anyone does recognize this beauty, please let me know!?).  A sweet peach waxed Irish Linen bow and detailed copper clasp made me smile!

Hope you like these pieces as much as I enjoyed creating!