Welcome to my reveal for the Bead Table Blog Hop II - Sand and Sea Edition, sponsored by Lisa Lodge of A Grateful Artist. Back in December, when most of us were still getting used to having snow around, Lisa offered some sweet reprieve. Namely, a kit of beads in either "sand" or "sea" colours. I was tickled to receive my set of pretty blue and green, glass and pearl, with a little gold thrown in for good measure! As I rarely work with gold components, I felt challenged, in a good way!
I had a ball with these beautiful beads: faceted and smooth glass, mother-of-pearl daggers in two shades of blue, dusky pearls and neutral seed beads, all accented with delicate gold bead caps and spacers. All unusual for me... and I love the results.
|Love these mysterious and dramatic green beauties!|
|I made three separate strands.|
|A little twist before joining the strands.|
That sweet little seashell tile was included in my bead kit. It's by Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp of Skye Jewels. The silk ribbons were some short lengths remaining from a previous project (besides basic findings, it was the only component not in my original kit). The silk was purchased from Marsha Neal Studio... I am partial to a little fabric in a bracelet design, and these ribbons really soften the "feel" on my wrist.
I had enough beads left over for a pair of matching earrings:
I have very few beads remaining from my kit. It was tempting to add "extras" to my design but I resisted! In a way it is liberating to be so limited in what one can use, and still have fun and come up with an appealing design. Thanks for this great event, Lisa!
Now here is a completely gratuitous photo a friend emailed me this week. I couldn't resist sharing!
|Ahhhh! Now THAT looks cozy!|
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