Friday, November 14, 2014

Clay & Metal Blog Hop

Oh wow!!!...Hi everyone!'ve heard from me Three Times this week!  Can you believe it?

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 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:
Melissa Trudinger - Bead Recipes:
Jo-Ann Woolverton - It's a Beadiful Creation:
Carolyn Lawson - Carolyn's Creations:
Shaiha Williams - Shiaha's Ramblings:
Toltec Jewels - JewelSchoolFriends:
Heather Richter - Desert Jewelry Designs:
Marybeth Rich - A Few Words from within the Pines:
Karen Grosset Grange - Ginko et Coquelicot:
Ann Schroeder - Bead Love:
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger - LiRaysa Designs:
Carol Briody (me/you are here!) - ABeadsLife:
Miranda Ackerley - MirandAck at
Kari Asbury - Hippie Chick Design:
Susan Anderson - La Main Tresor:
LeAnne Loftus - First Impression Design:
Leithleach Seodra - Alainn Jewelry:


  1. Very Pretty! The first charms were beautiful but the second set Sharyl made you are gorgeous!

  2. Gorgeous, I love that Bollywood feel about both your pieces, so bold, so fun!

  3. Carol-- I'm so glad you enjoyed working with the components you received. You sure did wonders with all the pieces! I would not have dreamed up anything 1/2 so lovely with the pendant, but I love your design and that you used Irish Waxed Linen in addition to the metals and beads. I'm very partial to that too! And your earrings turned out wonderfully! So glad it all worked out! Many thanks! --Sharyl

  4. Well now these are just beautiful! I am with you - I love a good hot pink, vintage, gold combination. You've done wonderful things here with Sharyl's components.

  5. You made gorgeous jewelry with those beautiful components. I especially love the earrings.

  6. Hi Carol. I am a pink lover too so I think that your designs are wonderful.

  7. Everything worked out in the end, Carol! Both the necklace and the earrings are super cute and fun. Thanks for being in the hop!

  8. That necklace is to die for!! I am a pink loving girl and I just keep staring at the beautiful piece. Also, your second go around at the earrings are so pretty too! I am in love with both of your creations.

  9. Love the vibrant colours! The crystals work beautifully with the pendant!

  10. Everything you made is fabulous. I love the earrings and the necklace. Love!