Well, they must have liked my designs for Round one with their Cultured Sea glass, because about a month ago, Bill Zhang of ZNETshows e-mailed asking if I'd be interested in participating in Round 2 of their designing. They were asking us to pick up to 10 different beads/stones/focals from their supplies that often times get overlooked in designing and jewelry making. They would add a few extra things to go along with our picks and mail them out for us to start designing with. He knew a lot of us were involved with Lori Anderson's BSBP party with our reveal this month (mine is on the 27th) so we were to get him our designs after that and in time for their May newsletter. Unfortunately, I got so excited when I got my box and wanted to start designing right away and forgot to take a picture of the stash before I started. But as I go through my designs I'll let you know what I used from ZNETshows and then have a picture at the end of what's left that I didn't get used, YET. But my goal is to use everything they sent me. So here goes. I actually was able to use some of their stones and focals with my Bead Soup Blog Party designs, so this was great. My first piece used this fantastic Square Shell MOP focal (code PDG257-05) along with the Pink Rhodonite puff beads (code BDG44-16) hey sent me. I also used some pink and white freshwater pearls and the clasp my BSBP partner sent me to finish off my Sweet Sixteen necklace.
Next, I used the Green African Silver Leaf puff beads (code BDS1517-09) along with their Pineapple Glass Quartz Oval puff beads (code BDG46-52) and a great Fan Shell pendant/focal (code PDG78-03). I added some Bronze colored chain I had and wound some green leather and pink rattail cord through it for a pop of color. Then I attached an adorable Bronze dragonfly toggle clasp I had to finish it off. I also used the African Silver Leaf beads and Pineapple Quartz with a piece of the chain for a pair of earrings and a bracelet to match and finished off the lobster claw clasp on the bracelet with a bronze key. I haven't decided what to call this set. Any ideas?
After that I used some more of the African Silver Leaf beads, this time they were round (code BDS1517-14) and some more Pineapple glass, also round (code BDG58-45) and made a 3 strand graduated bracelet and pair of earrings.
And finally my favorite and my husband's. This necklace used their Agate Oval Focal (code BDS1216-07) and some Heat treated Carnelian free form beads (code BDG98-12). I wire wrapped the beads with copper wire, trying to make the copper wire match a line in the Agate. Then I made my own Copper wire wrapped beads to go in between each of the Carnelian and the Agate. I also made all my own jump rings and added a little pop of color with some gold seed beads on the jump rings on either side of the Agate Focal. Then I made my own Copper Spiral links and clasp to finish off the necklace. I'm still working on some earrings to match and probably a bracelet, but I ran out of time. Although this one was a lot of work, I love the way it turned out. Not sure if I'll sell this one or not. The others will be available in either my Etsy shop, KayzKreation, here on my blog, or my facebook page, KayzKreationzGlassKreationz. So watch there if you're interested in any of the pieces.
If you're interested in any of the beads shown here that ZNETshows sent me, be sure to check out their site, ZNETshows. They sell mostly 'wholesale beads', but you can get a retail account. Don't forget to check out their znetshowsblog on Friday with all the participants and links to their blogs/posts. And after that they'll have a contest on their znetshows facebook page. You can vote for your favorite and the winners get a prize! Yay!And finally, here's what I had left, that I haven't gotten to use yet, but I have plans for it all. I love that shell flower focal and the fire agate beads. I have ideas for them, just need to implement them.