It's time to reveal my 'makes' from A Grateful Artist/Lisa Lodge (Pine Ridge Studios) and Sharyl's Jewelry/Metapolies collaboration - The Clay and Metal Blog Hop. (actually, I'm a little early...the official reveal is Saturday, Nov 15th.)
Here are the pieces I received:
This frosty pendant focal was right up my alley! Total, instant love! I had a strand of vintage, softly-faceted, hot pink round beads in my stash just waiting to be paired-up with a bold, vibrant component. The focal has a shimmery gold-flash and Lisa's crystals very nicely complemented the frosting! Lastly, I wanted to use a slightly different technique to create a unique necklace. Using vintage textured gold chain and Irish Waxed Linen in the same shade of hot hot pink, each bead was tied into an open link using a simple macrame knot (there wasn't a lot of room in each link, so each knot needed to be simple and sturdy). The opposite side of the necklace is composed of simple stringing using the waxed linen and a few more knots to secure the connections. Then, Sharyl's focal was secured with several trim wraps of waxed linen and a sweet bow.
What do you think?
Flash of gold = check; whoo hoo! pink = check; pretty icing and frosting = check check!
Next, the sad news...omg, I went on to totally ruin Sharyl's lovely little disc set (near the right side of her business card above). Oh dear..my idea to make something very unique ended in a terrible disaster. There was no rescuing these wonderful little discs once I committed to the endeavor.
I felt so badly, especially since I had already made my 'feature piece' using the other fabulous components. The very next day, I contacted Lisa and Sharyl about my blunder. Sharyl was so very kind and gracious. She made another set of discs and sent those right out to me.
Sharyl's first discs were awesome..however, THESE ARE GORGEOUS!!! Ruffled, shimmery. Here is my earring set. I hand-formed the earring wires, used just 2 of those flashy vintage chain links from which I suspended Sharyl's 'dewdrops' with the same hot pink waxed linen. These are so yummy and light-weight, thanks to Sharyl's beads:
Thank you so much, Lisa and Sharyl! These were so much fun to work with.
Please Hop-On-Over to see everyone's lovely designs:
Our Hostess: Lisa Lodge - A Grateful Artist: gratefulartist.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger - Bead Recipes: beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Jo-Ann Woolverton - It's a Beadiful Creation: itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson - Carolyn's Creations: carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Shaiha Williams - Shiaha's Ramblings: shaihasramblings.com
Toltec Jewels - JewelSchoolFriends: jewelschoolfriends.com
Heather Richter - Desert Jewelry Designs: desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Marybeth Rich - A Few Words from within the Pines: forestofjewels.blogspot.com
Karen Grosset Grange - Ginko et Coquelicot: ginkoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Ann Schroeder - Bead Love: beadlove.wordpress.com
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger - LiRaysa Designs: liraysadesigns.blogspot.com
Carol Briody (me/you are here!) - ABeadsLife: cbriody.blogspot.com
Miranda Ackerley - MirandAck at Artfire.com
Kari Asbury - Hippie Chick Design: hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Susan Anderson - La Main Tresor: lamaintresor.blogspot.com
LeAnne Loftus - First Impression Design: firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Leithleach Seodra - Alainn Jewelry: alainnjewelry.wordpress.com