Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beach Blog Hop

Glass Jewelry in Scrumptious Colors  

It's been a while since I did a blog post, and I'm pleased to show off the pieces made for this blog hop. 

When Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treaures offered a bead set for a Beach blog hop, I had just purchased some cultured Sea Glass from her, and I was so impressed with that set, I jumped at the chance to order more and participate in the challenge. 

I would love to share my pictures of the Sea Glass challenge beads as they arrived, but I accidentally deleted them from my camera. But I will say, that when I started playing with my new beads, even before I took them off their temporary stringing material, an idea started to form, taking inspiration from seaweed strands, bubbles, and the color combinations that were presented by the beads themselves. 

First, I labored to construct this necklace. I took it apart twice because of miss-counting beads. When I realized that the end pieces still weren't going to be able to match the third time, I decided that matching them was over-rated. Since the piece was going to be long, and somewhat heavy, and it was made with two strands of wire, I placed crimp beads at certain points in the body of the necklace. So each time I took it apart, I had to trash the wire and crimps. Sad. But I like the final version quite a lot. 

Along with cultured beach glass, Lisa included some of these brass charms. They made a lovely focal cor the necklace, and I still have one of each to use in another piece. 

Rest of the beads suggested bracelets and earrings, with a few left over to combine with other beads in other projects.

Thank you Lisa, for sponsoring this opportunity to "visit the beach!"

Here is the list of participants.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech's Blog
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Rosee Floss Hanemaayer, Silver Penny Artisans
Saundra Farren, Something by Saundra
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
MaryAnne Kelly Hobbs-Fernie - TBD
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Kelly Fletcher – TBD
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Diana Chavis - TBD