Saturday, February 2, 2013

Vintage Lucite and Clay Blog Hop

Several months ago, Lisa of Pine Ridge Treasures asked for people  who wanted  to order a small package of either vintage Lucite or Beads and design something with them for a blog hop. I have to say, these beads have been eating my lunch since I received them. I love them, but everything I've tried to design/make with them has turned out terrible. I've started over about 4 different times.  I'm still not pleased with this design (it's not how I had envisioned it) but I was running out of time, so here it is.  First is the beads I received from Lisa.  It's not a great picture, but it got dark on me before I could get a good one.
And here is my bracelet I made. I had gotten a disc for the flat Kumihimo braid and wanted to incorporate the beads right into the weave, but try as I might, I could never figure out how to get those beads with the little bitty holes in the weave. I really wanted them to fit where the groove was, but they weren't holding no matter what I did.  So I had to give in and make the weave (which I did twice and they both came out too short.  Not sure what I'm doing wrong.)  So I attached some chain I had, put the dangles with the lucite and dyed howlite beads on one end and an S-clasp on the other end for the bracelet. Since I now had another piece of weave done (the 2 together made the bracelet too long) I made some purse jewelry with it. I added one of the gold swivel clasps to one end and the lucite and howlite dangles to the other end to attach to my purse strap/zipper.  I was also doing this as part of my Family design challenge. I felt these beads were the right color to fit in with the colors my daughter-in-law, her mother,Karla Morgan of Texas Pepper Jams and I had picked to challenge ourselves.  We had decided to make something with these colors and post it by the end of January.  My daughter-in-law had something come up and couldn't finish the challenge.  But here's my piece for both challenges.  The color palette we used is from Design Seeds.  I love her color palettes.  This one is Feathered Love.  Here it is:

And here is my bracelet  and purse jewelry for both challenges.
 
Thanks so much for following along.  Hope you like it.  Be sure to check out Lisa's blog for the list of other participants and see what they did with they're Vintage Lucite or Clay beads.  To see what Karla did with her family challenge check out Texas Pepper Jams. (She's been having internet issues, so keep checking back if it's not posted yet.)   And if you're looking for some Stained Glass, Mosaics, Fused Glass or other Copper, Wire-wrapped jewelry, check out my Etsy shop, KayzKreationz.

8 comments:

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Kay,
I love them they are so pretty and colorful. When I saw what you were given to work with I was really curious as to how you were going to use the orange beads with the groove, but you managed to pull out a design with them that works well. I love the color palette you chose for your family challenge everything ties in well.
Therese

Jen Ren said...

I love the idea of doing a family challenge! You guys picked a great color palette to work with. I think your bracelet turned out lovely. It's fun, and reminds me of a lush garden. :)

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I knew that those coral grooved beads were going to be a real challenge. You did a great job! I love all the happy colors in your bracelet. Thanks for being in the hop!

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

You rose to the challenge beautifully! I find vintage Lucite very intense to work with too & I think your Kumi bracelet & purse charm are both lovely -- like nurturing gardens & nurturing families -- and full of love & life!

Alice said...

wow- those orange beads with the groove would have kept me up at night. You get a double A in my book for all the hard work. I have never tried the weave on the disc so kudos for you. they will look cute and give your purse the wow factor!!

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

Thanks for your kind words. I love your blog I added it my blog list so I'll be watching you. LOL
Thanks again.

Cornerstoregoddess said...

What a beautiful mixing of media!

kmorgan said...

You did a great job with the beads & colors. I like the flat kumihimo with the copper chain.