I created some of the designs for Heather Powers' Muffin Tin Challenge (you can see my post on that HERE) and some in hopes of getting published. No matter the push behind their creation, I've managed to make a tiny dent in my art bead stash this month and I'm excited to share my creations with you!
First up, a necklace that I made for submission to the Summer issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine for their "Papaya" theme. The pendant is one I bought from Round Rabbit back in January of 2013. The "Flaming Tangerine" color called to me but then it arrived and was a little brighter than my normal comfort zone... and so it sat. The color theme for the magazine inspired me to finally use this bright beauty and, as luck would have it, I had some great beads to pair with it... most of them left overs from other projects. There's some glass from the Halcraft Pretty Palettes challenge I participated in, some tiny coral Swarovski pearls from a necklace re-do project for my friend Angie, plus some faceted carnelian and rose quartz beads that I had picked up on a whim, and some fun seed beads I bought during the Bead Cruise last year. I finally got brave and used the 5mm deerskin leather lace I bought from Nunn Design a while back. I used a technique from one of their tutorials to punch holes in the leather and then stitch the ends together with waxed Irish linen. I'll definitely be trying that again!
Next up, two variations on a theme using the adorable starfish beads I got from Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio. The one on the left was another magazine hopeful that didn't get picked. It has both blue (coated) and yellow quartz as well as some natural sapphire faceted rounds. The one on the right was made for Heather's muffin tin challenge and has a mix of wood, recycled glass, and impression jasper. I love how these turned out and I wish I had snagged a few more of those starfish at Bead Fest! I'm hoping she'll be at Bead & Button this year because I'm determined to at least get there for shopping this year.
My last piece for today is a necklace featuring a ceramic key pendant from Jenny Davies-Reazor that was in my gift bag on the Bead Cruise. This is another project that I had put in my muffin tin but didn't finish until today. I mixed brass and blackened findings (although it's hard to tell from the picture) for my beaded links. Most of the beads are Czech glass but there's also some prehnite mixed in on the right side. I finished the back with some sari silk in just the right shade of greenish yellow. This is one that I'm definitely going to have to wear test. I need to make sure that the pendant stays balanced hanging from the brass key... I really hope so since I like the effect.
I've still got a few more muffin cups filled with art bead goodness that I hope to get to very soon. I mean, I've already pulled together almost everything I need to finish those pieces so I should just do it and get them cleared out of my mental space.
Be sure to stop by and check out what everyone else was inspired to unearth from their treasure chests!
Terri - Terrri’s Blooming ideas
Shai - Shai’s Ramblings
Melissa - Bead Recipes
Tammy - Paisley Lizard
Sarajo - SJ Designs (You are here)
Kathy - Bay Moon Designs
Karin - Ginko et Colquelicot
Lola - Bead Lola Bead
Samantha - Wescott Jewelry
Mona - Bijoux Gem