Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ocean Blog Hop

A while back, Lisa Lodge from A Grateful Artist blog issued a call for an Ocean themed Blog hop. I'm not really an ocean person, but I love walking along the beach searching for seashells and treasures, so this was like some found treasures when I received my beads. We were getting cultured sea glass and other beads. I quickly signed up. As usual I got so excited about the beads when I received them I forgot to take a picture of them. I was a little stumped at first with what to do with the variety. I had some starfish, some crystals, some glass tube beads, some clear glass daggers, off white heishe beads, some unique abstract shapes and a wonderful ceramic pendant. I knew I wanted to add a lot of color, since most of the seaglass was a light green or clear. For some reason, when I think of the beach or ocean I almost always think of macramé, so I also knew I wanted to do a little macramé for at least one of my pieces. So, for my first piece I made a macramé bracelet. I did loose knots around the abstract shaped glass using some of my orange and dark beige macramé cord.  I added some small orange and shades of green seed beads in between the shaped seaglass.  I used one of the starfish as the clasp and at the end made loops of the macramé cord to loop around the starfish as the closure for the bracelet.

Next I made a necklace with the long tube beads. I used long headpins to make them dangles and hung them between a series of green crystals, orange and green seed beads, the clear dagger and off white heishi beads. I also took one of the abstract shapes and wire-wrapped a dangle from one end and wire-wrapped the other end to hang as a dangle from the necklace. And on the other side I strung one of the clear/white starfish into the strand. I had a small link of chain that I attached to the necklace along with the metal circle toggle clasp. I really like the beachy feel to this necklace and the 7 wire-wrapped tube beads/focal. 


Finally I took a the last little short length of chain, divided it in half, wire-wrapped 3 dangles with the crystals, seed beads and daggers to make a pair of earrings to match. I really like the colors in this "Ocean" set and hope you do too.
And a close up of the necklace and earrings.

















I'm still working on my piece for the pendant. I'm trying a new technique and haven't quite gotten it finished. So come back later this week and I'm hoping to have it done for you to see.
Don't forget to visit all the other blogs participating in the hop HERE. And don't forget to leave me a comment letting me know what you think of my "Ocean" Set. These will be available shortly in my shop, KayzKreationz, along with my other Stained Glass, Mosaics and Fused Glass kreationz for your Home and Garden.

20 comments:

Cornerstoregoddess said...

Macrame cord? Brilliant solution? I love that starfish as the clasp. Great work!

Jo-Ann said...

Love the bracelet. The colours are fantastic!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Great job, Kay! Your macrame cord solution was a brilliant idea. It looks great with the beads. I really like how you used the starfish for the clasp. The necklace dangles are really neat as well. Thanks for being in the hop.

Marybeth said...

Your bracelet is wonderful and I love the colors you worked with. Your necklace is lots of fun and has a great beachy feel. Nice job!

Margaret Pelech said...

I love your set it so predicts the ocean and waves rolling in the colors are beautiful together Margaret Pelech

Margaret Pelech said...

I just love your set It is just like waves rolling in and moonbeams dancing on them Margaret Pelech

Margaret Pelech said...

I love your Set It is like the waves rolling in and the moonbeams dancing on the waves

Margaret Pelech said...

I love your set it looks like waves lazily rolling in and the moon beams dancing off them

kmorgan said...

Very pretty Kay! I really like the macrame bracelet & the earrings. I love the colors - so summery!

Kathy Lindemer said...

You made some really stunning pieces!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Love the way you made the colours work so brilliantly, Kay :) Beautifully designed set!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Love the way you made the colours work so brilliantly, Kay :) Beautifully designed set!

Ann Schroeder said...

Beautiful colors. I love how you used the long white beads. When you said it, I realized I sort of relate macrame and the beach as well! Your bracelet turned out great. I also love your earrings. Fun and flirty.

Kim said...

I love your bracelet, and how you used the starfish as the clasp - brilliant! The necklace and the earrings are beautiful as well.

Shaiha said...

What great designs Kay! I just love the bracelet. It has such a good flow to it.

Karin G said...

All your pieces are beautiful. I love how you used many different techniques, and the colors are lovely all together. The macrame bracelet is fantastic.

Ev said...

Love the creative way in which you used the macrame cord! Greens are not my favorite colors, as I'm partially color blind, but you seemed to have worked them together very nicely...:)

Jill Bradley said...

The orange and green are not normally thought of beach colors but I can almost smell the spray from the ocean just looking at your pieces. Your first necklace seems to depict delicate see through jelly fish! Really cool look, so unique yet still lovely.

beadrecipes said...

Love the pieces. I know what you mean about the ocean and macramé, something to do with fishing nets perhaps.

Janice said...

I love everything but that bracelet is so me! Gorgeous.