Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Suddenly Spring Challenge - The Big Reveal!

In January I entered this challenge posted by Michelle Mach.

I loved the rhinestone spacers and the color of the crystals in the kit. My kit arrived beautifully packaged by Michelle.

A recent issue of "Stringing" magazine featured a necklace incorporating lucite flowers as a sort of connector. When I first saw it I knew I'd find a use for Denise Yezbak Moore's technique and here was my opportunity. I brought out my stash of lucite flowers and pulled peach, daffodil, white and pink from the bag. Instantly, the daffodil popped with the aqua crystals. I added a few Swarovski crystals from my collection along with some Bali bead caps I'd been hoarding. Then, thinking about what else I could add in addition to the flowers that would be "springy", I added a tiny bird and nest from Earthenwood (Melanie Brooks). Here's the resulting necklace:

To see more detail you can click on any of the photos.

With a few crystals and spacers leftover, I chose to make a bracelet. I added more Swarovski crystals, antique silver flower beads and a lucite flower dangle. And a sweet little butterfly clasp.

I think I've done a reasonable job of portraying "Spring" in these two pieces. What do you think?

Please take a few minutes to check out what the other participants have created:

Michelle - Beads & Books [Hostess]

Andrew - The Writing & Art of Andrew Thornton

Christa - Adventures of One Beady Woman

Dita - Alankarshilpa

Donetta - Simply Gorgeous

Erin - Erin Siegel Jewelry

Heather - As I Bead It

Jean - Snap Out of It Jean - There's Beading to Be Done!

Karen - Over the Moon Design

Kate - We Can Make That At Home

Kim - CianciBlue

Kristina - Wild Roses and Blackberries

Linda - Lindy's Designs

Lisa - Pine Ridge Treasures

Marlene - Amazing Designs by Marlene

Michelle - Reverie & Revival

Pam - The Crazy Creative Corner

Pamela - Someday Beads

Renetha - Lamplight Crafts

Sharyl - Catchenthesun

Terry - Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry

Therese - Therese's Treasures


bwheather said...

Cool. I just love those lucite beads flowers you've added, especially the repeat in the bracelet. ;-)

Hi, I'm Linda said...

Lovely pieces. The addition of the bird and nest really speak spring to me. The necklace is my favorite.

The Crazier Sister said...

Very nice. I like the way you used the flowers in the necklace. It's SO fun to see (and be inspired by) others' creativity.

Therese's Treasures said...

I would say you did a fantastic job of portraying spring in your two pieces. I love the daffodils they do go so well with the aqua roundels.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Kay - I just love your necklace and bracelet! The sweet birds nest on the necklace, and the cute butterfly toggle on the bracelet really say Spring. Just my style!

Michelle Mach said...

So sweet! Birds, nest, flowers . . . you've got spring covered! Thanks for joining the challenge!

Marlene Cupo said...

I really like how you "reinvented" the original bracelet to bring in the spring theme.

Donetta said...

Ah...so lovely! You did a better job of using spacers than I did, so I've taken notes.

Jean said...

I love this! This is fantastic and I adore the freshness of the colors in your designs--so charming!

Denise Kujawa said...

Oh, Momma! SO cool!

Lori Anderson said...

Love the sweet bird you used! Great job!

Anonymous said...

This is just gorgeous. I love the birds nest and the yellow flowers. And the butterfly clasp completes the Spring look.

DW said...

I think you portrayed spring very well. Just a hint of color like the flowers just starting to bloom.

Karen Mitchell said...

Love the bracelet, the lucite makes me think of daffodils.
Thanks for the comment on my challenge post.

Kim said...

Very pretty and I love the way you used the lucite flowers.

CraftyHope said...

You did a GREAT job portraying Spring. I especially see it in the necklace where there are more pops of the yellow/green, but the flowers really help make it in both pieces. Wonderfully done!

Copper Diem said...

Hi Kay, did you get your cocktail for the hop? It is Captain and Coke. I'm having technical prob :(

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