Friday, April 06, 2012

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


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. 

A big thank you to Lori and Lorelei for hosting these challenge/hops! I had so much fun!


OH but wait! Didn't I say something about a little giveaway in my last post?



One lucky blog visitor will win these earrings!
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. 
BUT
If you'd like some extra chances at winning:

*share this post on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you did.
*Pin them on Pinterest and leave me a comment letting me know you did.
*follow my blog and leave me a comment letting me know you did.
*tweet about it and leave me a comment letting me know you did. 
*Like me on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you did.


Random.org will pick a winner Monday night.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


53 comments:

Boot ~C said...

great job on the coordinating earings(that's what I always call that kind of a pair!) solid work across the board w/ all the pieces for that matter, nice job.

Jo said...

Oh they are all gorgeous, but I love the last pair of earrings especially!

Lesley said...

Love what you did with the headpins -great fun.

Lorelei Eurto said...

Ohhhh great! Love all of your pieces in this post! The earrings are so cool. Love how everyone did something different with their glass headpins.
Great idea to dangle another bead inside that wire loop!
Thank you so much for participating!

Patti Van said...

Wow! You did an awesome job with color selection!!!! I never would have thought to pair those colors together...my mind seems to be so limited! Those earrings with Anne's head pins are the coolest design...really love those! Great job!

Lisa Chapman said...

Turquoise and Sage Green, another great color combination! I love the faceted beads too. Your wire wrapping on the Gardanne Glass balled head pins is really creative. I like the way you combined the challenges. ;)

Hi, I'm Linda said...

All your pieces are lovely but I particularly like the necklace. The lime green color it great and that closure is awesome. What fun you must have had.

Alice said...

I love all of your pieces. The colors of the earrings and necklace set are my favorite go-to colors, and perfect for spring. But I have to say I'm in love with the earrings from the headpin challenge. The design is wonderful!

Marla said...

Ohhh I love those earrings! Pick Me lol!

Marla said...

Oh and I shared the earrings on the Creative Bead Group Pinterest Board as well @

http://pinterest.com/spicebox/creative-bead-chat-group/

Jean A. Wells said...

Love what you did with Barbara's bead set. Those mis-matched earrings are right up my ally - I love it when things are not as predictable as they seem. I would be tickled to win them.

Thank you for offering them.

Jean A. Wells said...

I have pinned you on pinterest.

jeanawells@kc.rr.com

Jean A. Wells said...

Shared on facebook.

Jean A. Wells Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry.

Gale said...

I like how you stayed with the keyhole theme, but especially the topsy-turvy earrings.

re-maker said...

Your Gardanne Headpins earrings are really whimsical and fun!

I like the mismatched design. I agree that they're sortofmatchingstillgoestogetherandisfun!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Marianna, I love what you did with the polymer clay components and the glass head pins. They are all so pretty and look comfortable to wear.
Therese

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Marianna,
I shared your post on my facebook page.
Therese

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Wow - I love what you did with your headpins! So unique and classy. Excellent! Love the first earrings as well. I'd give them a good home if I were the lucky winner!

Penny Neville said...

I love what you did with all your designs, the boho chic earrings are so fun and flirty!! I too love the faceted beads they are so pretty and the colors are divine. The headpin earrings what a unique way to wrap them they look awesome!!

Rebecca said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the clean, calming colour palette you have used throughout, and the way you have used those headpins is unique and very pretty.

Kashmira said...

LOVE both the earring designs!

Pixiloo said...

Wonderful job on both challenges. I really like the paring of the light green with Barbara's beads. The sari ribbon gives the necklace such a nice touch. The headpins made such wonderful earrings. I love how you connected them to the earwires. All the curly cues are so fun!

Barbara said...

Oh Marianna! I love that you flipped around the charms! Kudos for the bravery! and I am currently so in love with mismatchy earrings! That shock of chartreuse ribbon is just lovely and really helps boost the color oomph!

Thanks for participating! I love the way you used the glass headpins with the loop and dangle inside!

Cheri said...

love the earrings you created with the head pins. Lorelei has my name wrong on the list, creative designs by cheri blog

TesoriTrovati said...

Very cool shape of those glass headpins. But my favorite is the fact that you added a keyhole to the necklace. So clever! I love what you did and all the colors are so soft and soothing.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Beads2Die4 said...

What a clever use of the balled headpin!!! Love how they turned out and they definitely look organic.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

love everything you made but the last pair of earrings are truly special.

KayzKreationz said...

All your pieces turned out lovely. I really like the earrings (both pairs). They just look like fun.

KayzKreationz said...

Just tweeted about your bloghop and giveaway. http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

Cris Peacock said...

What beautiful jewelry! Love that you are giving us a chance to win your lovely earrings :)

Karyn B said...

The soft green/yellow and blue just pair perfectly together. It's all wonderful!

Jean A. Wells said...

I have blogged about your giveaway on my blog at jeanawells.blogspot.com

Lynda said...

Love the Spring Time colors and asymmetry in these earrings. i'd love to win!
Thanks for the opportunity.

Lynda

Shirley said...

I think I have to go with everyone else, all of the pieces are stunning, but the Gardanne earrings are the winner! There's just something about that swirl that really captures the eye. I love the color choices you made with the Cup of Bead Soup. Truly some wonderful pieces!

beadstostring said...

Love the earrings - great idea to mix it up. I read about the giveaway on Jean Well's blog and I'm going to start following your blog too.

Love your work.

Lisa Cone - Inspired Adornments said...

I love the shape you made the headpin wire into. It is organic and modern and very beautiful. I also love your opaque glass beads with the glass of the headpins. Nice combination!

Lori Anderson said...

So sorry for the delay, I was out of town!

I love the color combination -- and that key plate is SO cool and just the right size, too. The Gardanne earrings would go perfectly with the set, too.

Thank you for playing!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Beautiful designs...I am now following your blog and have liked you on facebook.
Sonya

brendavr said...

I left a comment i folloowed you on facebook i posted on my facebook page i followed your blog these are awesome earrings thank you for the giveaway

brendavr said...

I follwed you on faebook i followed your blog I posted this on my facebook page and my comment is these are awesome!!!!

Jean A. Wells said...

Dropping by you let you k now I am now following your blog.

Ann said...

Great thought using the keyhole plate in the necklace, The earrings are really cute too.

Jean A. Wells said...

I have now tweeted about your giveaway.

Whew, I think I've done all I can think to do. Love your work.

Thank you for the opportunity.

jeanawells@kc.rr.com

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Pinned your earrings to Pinterest!

Stacey said...

Gorgeous!!! Love the mismatched earrings!! Just too fun! And I LOVE the big chunky links on the necklace!!! Really beautiful work - all of it!!!

Marla said...

I just liked you on facebook! Thanks again :)

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I follow your blog!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Posted to Facebook!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Pinned to Pinterest!

Gardanne said...

Thanks so much for participating in the headpin challenge. I am impressed with all the different ways the participants have used the wire. The only thing that popped into my mind was tendrils, but obviously there are other options.

Malin de Koning said...

Beautiful! All of it! The Gardanne earrings I especially love. Wonderful solution there.

Kim said...

I just love everything you did, beautiful!!

Kim said...

I follow your blog!!