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


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  2. You have a spam comment above :)
    Back to the beach: matching is, indeed, overrated, especially when you deal with irregularly shaped beads. I love the 3rd version quite well too! (and mine went through multiple versions, albeit w/o the work, just in design mode). The splash of colour that coral beads bring is magnificent and I can only think "The Great Barrier Reef" (and, of course, as I am just a child, the next thought is 'Nemo!').

  3. Thanks! Sorry I can't seem to delete the spam. From my phone!

  4. I love all of your "beachy" designs, Beti! Your necklace came together very well. The bracelets are very fun and fresh. I would wear all of these pieces with pride. Thanks for being in the hop!

  5. This is gorgeous! What an innovative way to do the beading!

  6. Great designs Beti! I love your heavy, bold, colorful necklace, it is a lot of fun!

  7. Hi Beti, your pieces are beautiful.

  8. Ohhhh your necklace is awesome! I would never in a million years come up with such a beautiful design. Great job on it. And I too made some extra earring with the left over sea glass. Hated to put them back in that dark

  9. Your necklace is just adorable! I absolutely LOVE how you used the seed beads and the little glass piece in the pendant - very creative and brilliant! I would have never figured out how to use that big metal piece. =) The bracelets are sweet as honey and the pops of orange give them something to talk about. =)


  10. Love your creations! the necklace is so unique and wonderful and the bracelets are perfect alone or you could stack them together for even more fun!

  11. How beach-y and wonderful. Great work!

  12. Beautiful summer designs, Clever necklace and love the matching bracelet sets.

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