Barbara Bechtel and Gardanne Glass Challenge reveal...
I'll start with showing what I did with Barbara's beads first...
I knew I wanted to make earrings with the 2 leaf charms she sent but I then I thought maybe that was too easy and obvious so made earrings anyways except...
I mismatched them in a sortofmatchingstillgoestogetherandisfun kinda way :)
even when I don't feel like wearing a big necklace or I'm in one of those moods where wearing a bracelet bothers me or seems to get in my way, earrings are always my go to choice. They're just fun to wear, right! So I thought "ok I'm ganna make these even more fun with a little boho kick to them"...
The green polymer clay beads I got from another artist in a swap last year but I cannot remember who made them! I know I have it written down somewhere though but I do so many swaps it's hard to keep track. I need a better system. I thought they went perfect with Barbara's beads.
I started with the key focal and knew I wanted to somehow use a bit of some green sari silk I had left over from another design. I used an antiqued silver keyhole plate as part of the clasp since it seemed to fit the theme, wire wrapped everything with some chain and viola!
btw, I seriously am in LOVE with these faceted beads...
Now here's what I did with my Gardanne Glass balled headpins ...
I really wanted them to be the focal. I really wanted another pair of fun, organic-ish, boho-ish looking earrings but still a little different and non-traditional...
I played around with them a bit, curly cuing the end bits and then wired up a pair of my lampwork glass fluted spacers in a sagey green color.
The colors in both challenges are stunning and I had a blast working with these beads and head pins. You can find both of these wonderful artist's and their goodies on etsy at:
and be sure to hop over to see what everyone else who participated created with these same beads:
and also check out what the designers who participated in the head pins challenge created by hopping on over to Lorelei's blog for the blog list.
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