Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pine Ridge Treasures Seasons Blog hop

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 Recently I signed up with Lisa Lodge from Pine Ridge Treasures for her 'Season's' Blog hop.  We were sent a package of beads to imitate either a season of the year or a season in our life and had to design something.  I fell into my usual forgetfulness and forgot to take a picture of the entire package of beads. However, here is what I have left and you can see what I used in my pieces. 

 I had the hardest time with this.  I couldn't figure out what to make, although the soft purples, white, some black, dark purple crystals, clear and muted white crystals and teardrop beads all evoked 'Winter' to me.  There is also some snowflake charms, some wings, a couple of great purple focal/pendant beads and some grayish/mauve smaller beads along with a couple of silver/pewter keys and a toggle clasp.  I haven't gotten anything to work for the purple focal/pendant beads yet, but for some reason I also kept thinking of when I was younger and how much I liked the 'hippie' look with all the fringe and dangles. (I still do and wear a lot of fringe and dangles) so I decided I needed a 'hippie/fringe/dangly' bracelet.  I really challenged myself with this as I have never done any chainmaille before, but I wanted to make this a chainmaille/hippie bracelet. So I ordered some enamel jump rings in colors I felt would also feel kind of wintry and match the beads and set to work. I picked a very simple/basic chainmaille piece called WiggleMobius as it looked fairly easy for my first piece. While the chainmaille part of it wasn't a problem at all, all the dangles like to drove me insane.   I can tell you, I'm really tired of wire-wrapping right now, but I got all my dangles made with the seed beads (which I don't use much), the white muted teardrop beads, the dichroic clear/purple square beads and the black pearls.  Then I had to start reopening jump rings to attach all the dangles without messing up my bracelet. But I finally got it all done.  I added a simple clasp so as not to detract from the chainmaille and dangles.  This took quite a bit longer than I figured.

Finally I made a wintry pair of earrings with the Snowflake charms and some more wire wrapped dangles using some of the clear crystals with the purple/mauve seed beads, the muted white teardrops and the black pearls.  I attached them to some silver plated earwires. 

 I'm still working on the purple focal beads and the wings.  I have a great idea for the wings, just haven't quite gotten it to work yet.  Hope you like my 'Winter'/'Hippie' kreationz for the Seasons blog hop.  Be sure to check out Pine Ridge Treasures blog for the full list of participants in case the links don't work here.
Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, Grateful Artist
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Cassi Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Stephanie Sanner Haussler, PixyBug Designs
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Karin Slaton, BackStory Beads
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Alicia Marinache,  All the Pretty Things
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Erin Kenny, Beadifultherapy
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Sierra Barrett, Giraffe Can Has
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shirley Jones Moore, Beads and Bread
Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments
Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Miranda Ackerley, Daze and Days
For more of my Beaded, Wire-wrapped Jewelry, Stained Glass, Mosaics and Fused Glass Kreationz for your Home or Garden, check out my shop, KayzKreationz.


Unknown said...

I'm in total awe of all that wire wrapping! Maybe if I did a bracelet like that, I'd be better at it. I love that you challenged yourself to something new for this hop. And the colors you picked for your jumprings are perfect!

Tanya said...

Those are awesome pieces. I am glad you kept at the wire wrapping and chain maille because the result is fabulous. I love the dangles and the different colors of rings in the bracelet.

Karin Slaton said...

Add some fur boots and a fringed bag. Winter. Hippie. Love! I applaud your perseverance through all those dangles!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

I think the earrings are my favorite. They show the harshness of winter as well as the beauty.

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

Love the earrings and the hippie idea. Those are really neat.

How can you be a Winter Hippie in Texas, they don't have winter there. LOL

Windbent said...

That is really interesting. I thought Winter Hippie Warrior Woman when I saw it. LOL. It's the fringe and the chainmaille that play off one nother.

baymoondesign said...

I can imagine that this bracelet was a lot of work and time. It was worth it!, I love it. I a pretty fond of your earrings too!

Spun Sugar Beadworks said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Gorgeous use of chainmaille!! :)

Tara P. said...

I love it! I don't have the patience for chainmaille but I so admire it! Great job!

Anonymous said...

I love your Winter hippie bracelet and earring, Kay! As someone who doesn't have the patience for a lot of "dangle making", I was really blown away by your bracelet. The chain maille is gorgeous. Great job, and thanks for participating in the hop!

Unknown said...

Lovely work ! :) Very wintery indeed !

Dolores Raml said...

Your bracelet is goregeous, think I would have had more trouble with the chain maille than the dangles but you came to the challenge on both.

Christine said...

The colorful jump rings work perfectly with your wintery bracelet!! Your earrings are so sweet!

Alicia said...

Very nice designs - it does evoke a winter night for me :) Love dangles on a chainmaille!

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Kay,Kay, Kay! I'm so excited you began chainmaille :) It's my greatest love -- and favorite jewelry technique. Your rings look so pretty -- I'm thinking rather than enamel, they must be anodized aluminum because of the shine. I use A.A. rings often, and that is fabulous material because A.A. rings will last & last. The color stays and looks bright & shiny. Your bracelet is beautiful!

I love your dangles -- the pretty fringe seed beads, the drops, the round -- you worked hard wrapping in many ways! Wonderful kreationz :)

Bravo on a very cool bracelet, luscious charms, and a pretty weave. Beautiful boho jewelry bracelet!


lamplight crafts said...

I would wear this bracelet all the time, because I love bracelets with movement to them. Love the colors and so much work went into making it. Great job.

kmorgan said...

Kay, Lovely bracelet! You did it! The chainmaille bracelet is fabulous & I love the seed bead fringe! This set will be fun to wear in the winter!:)