Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another ZNETshows Challenge-Artisan Whimsy 5x5 challenge

About a month ago, Artisan Whimsy had a post about a challenge for 5 people.  After you signed up, if you were picked you received a 5 piece set of ZNETshows Cultured Beach Sea Glass beads to design with.  I wasn't picked in the first round, but then Bill Zhang of ZNET decided to send a pack to everyone that had signed up whether they were picked or not. WooHoo!  In case you can't tell, I love their Cultured Sea Glass beads.  Anyway, this is the pack I received. (Yes, I actually remembered to take a picture before I started creating this time. LOL)  If you've read my blog posts before you remember I don't usually work with Blue.  But these freeform blue seaglass beads just seemed to cry out to be a bracelet.  It's a very simple design, but I like the look of it and the beachy sea critter dangles (also from ZNETshows) to make a fun, summery, beachy bracelet.  I did a simple copper wire wrap/loop in each bead, connected them all with some bronze jump rings I had, (I love mixing metals), used a copper ring I had for the toggle and made my own copper S-clasp for a closure.  Then I dangled 2 bronze starfish and 2 bronze conch shell dangles from each jump ring in between the seaglass beads.  Next, I took the 2 green rectangular beads and the 2 white square beads and layered them. I used some small green beads I had and wire-wrapped/wove them around the jump ring that attached them to the earwires and finished off with a spiral with the copper wire.  Finally I took the green fishbone beads and the small green beads that were in between them on the strand, along with some light green faceted beads I'd gotten from ZNET in an earlier design challenge and strung them with some copper bead caps and copper shell beads. In the center I added a bronze pendant bale. I then strung the 2 green conch shell beads on some copper chain along with 2 of the small green beads and one light green beads with copper bead caps on copper wire and made the focal for the necklace. I had this funky copper chain and attached the sea glass beaded centerpiece to the chain and used the simple copper clasp that came with it to finish it off.  All in all I am very happy with the way all three pieces turned out. I'm still working on a pair of fishbone earrings to match the necklace, but ran out of time.  Hope you enjoy my designs.  ZNETshows mainly offers wholesale beads, but you can also buy retail, so if you're looking for your own Cultured Sea Glass or other beads (like the starfish and conch shell metal beads in my bracelet) check out their site, ZNETshows.


 
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6 comments:

Tammie Everly said...

Kay~ These are great!!! and you're right we did get the exact same pieces. I always enjoy seeing how others use the same bits. Love, love, love that bracelet but really they are all nice and very wearable. Thanks stopping by my blog too ~ Tammie :-D

connie said...

Love these Kay! This was fun but a challenge for me to do my first blog. Always look to you more experienced designers/bloggers for guidance!

Mischelle said...

WoW!!
I am in love with the necklace you created. The bracelet is def something to wear to the beach. We got the same set to work with. Have a wonderful weekend.

Shirley Moore said...

Oh, I like the green! You did a wonderful job with them, I especially love the necklace. Now I'm wishing I had used those chips like that! You've created some great pieces.

kmorgan said...

Wow Kay! Love your designs & the green colors! I especially like the earrings & the bracelet. Very "beachy"! Can I borrow them for my trip to Cabo :)

AntiquityTravelers said...

so pretty! and I just love the deep green color of the glass they sent you! lovely designs