Friday, January 21, 2011

Lorelei's FusionBeads Reader Challenge - It's a challenge all right!

Back in December the incomparable Lorelei Eurto issued another of her fabulous Reader Challenges.  The previous two challenges (one and two) were much fun, and so I decided I'd throw my hat in the ring again, despite how crazy the end of December and beginning of January are for me!  (I'm talking 5 birthdays from Dec 21 to Jan 11, Christmas and New Years, Disney on Ice, holiday parties....)

This time around we were to use beads from FusionBeads, and we could go crazy with what we could design - earrings, necklace, bracelet, it was our choice.  The due date for the Challenge was January 10th.  What were we to use, you ask?  Well, here's the list!

Of course, being the last minute procrastinator I am, I waited to order my beads....waited, waited, and waited.  Until the week before the Challenge was due.  Smart, huh?  Ah well, what can I say. 

Luckily, Lorelei must've heard me lashing myself from afar, and put out a question to everyone, asking if an extension was needed.  Now, my stuff had come in on time, barely.  But of course I still hadn't started anything.  So I, of course, answered with a resounding *Yes, pretty please with chocolate and a glass of Shiraz on top!*  We were granted that extension, and the new due date was Friday, January 21st.  I was luckily able to get my piece completed by the due date, and actually wasn't up on Monday morning at 2am editing pictures and posting to my blog!  Amazing, in and of itself...and I won't tell you how I had actually posted this on Monday, January 17th, thinking that was the due date for some reason...heh.

And so, without any further wordiness, here is my piece for Lorelei's FusionBead Reader Challenge!

Yep, a bracelet.  I've been on a bit of a bracelet bender lately, and so it continued into this challenge.  It's a four strand bracelet, with the Owl Toggle clasp as a great finishing touch.  You'll notice that the toggle bar I'm using isn't the one that came with the clasp.  Somewhere along the line it disappeared.  Gone, who knows where.  So I made one myself out of some sterling silver wire I had left - from before the prices went haywire.

The four strands are each different.  Two strands are of the lovely olive leather cord; one strand has the transparent green fire polished glass beads, the second is a mix of the smokey topaz/gold fire polished glass beads, some ceramic beads by Gaea, a few enameled beads from Barbara Lewis, and some wood beads.  Both of these strands were knotted - pretty much a first for me! 

A third strand is of the small Tiger Kamagong wood beads mixed with the cool Iris Drop seed beads.  I don't use alot of seed beads in my stuff, so this was a new thing for me.  I'll admit I had a hard time figuring out where they should go!  The last strand (and I'm not sure I'm going to keep it in this mix...it's kinda lost) is of some cool antique brass chain I had.  You will notice that the lucite leaves are missing - when I ordered, they were out, and I knew I wouldn't be able to place another order on time, so did without.  Ah well.  

Anyway, I leave you with two final looks at my bracelet for this Reader Challenge of Lorelei's....and I really can't wait to see what she comes up with next! 



Please do go back to Lorelei's blog for more information!  It's sure to be fun :)  And don't forget to hop around with us...

http://Lorelei1141.blogspot.com
http://erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com/
www.fireflymyst.blogspot.com
http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.com/
http://beadhappytoday.blogspot.com/

http://thebeaddreamer.com/blog
http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/
http://fryestyle.blogspot.com/
http://www.madmaggiedesigns.blogspot.com/
http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/

http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com/
http://jennibead.blogspot.com/
http://maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com/
http://silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com/  - you are here!
http://lindalandig.wordpress.com/

http://fireflymyst.blogspot.com/
http://www.awishandacloud.blogspot.com
http://spiritrattles.blogspot.com/
http://formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com/

http://songbeads.blogspot.com/
http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
http://threeredbeads.blogspot.com
http://christinec3.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.earthenwood-beads.blogspot.com/

20 comments:

My Life Under the Bus said...

*LOVE* Holly!!! The ceramics are a perfect match - it's beautiful. I am laughing because for a day I lost the teeny branch as well! I like your addition though makes it even more yours. Happy Hopping!

Kristi Bowman said...

Another beautiful subtle color addition. I love it!! The ceramic and enamel beads are lovely and softly shine through the darker colors. Really lovely!!!

maryharding said...

Great bracelet. I love multi strands. Love the green cord in the strands. Looks fabulous. Such an opulent delight this bracelet.

Rosanne said...

Beautiful bracelet! I love the colors.

Molly Alexander said...

Beautiful job Holly - I love the addition of the chain and the soft colors of the ceramic and enameled beads. gorgeous! :)

Lisa Godfrey said...

Beautiful bracelet! I love what you did with the leather cord and the ceramic beads are a great addition!

TesoriTrovati said...

I love bracelets that have a lot of personality. This one sure does! Beautiful color palette! Enjoy the day!
Erin

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Stunning!

Linda Landig said...

This is a wonderful bracelet. I esp. love the addition of the soft blue enameled beads. Great work!

Lorelei Eurto said...

That is GORGEOUS!! I am thrilled at the outcome of this blog hop- the jewelry is magnificent! I am looking forward to the next one!

Charlene said...

I love your bracelet - beautiful choices for each of the strands

Jenni C said...

Holly, I am loving the multi strands in your bracelet and the addition of the ceramic and enameled beads works the colour palette beautifully.. .happy browsing,
Jenni

fireflymyst said...

I love the addition of chain. Awesome piece!!

Regina said...

I like the way you rose to the challenge by knotting two of the strands, very nice. Great bracelet, love the softer colors in the mix.

Jennifer Cameron said...

the word for this bracelet is lush. Beautifully played!

Leslie Gidden said...

WOW! Love this bracelet! I also love that you MADE your own toggle bar....great thinking...I almost lost mine too! Such a fantastic job! Beautiful!

Anna Lear said...

What a wonderful, opulent piece -- very inspirational, especially since I'm totally on a bracelet bender lately, too! You added a perfect mix of your own beads in with the challenge components and came up with such a nice design!

Almost Precious said...

Bracelets are fun, fun to make and fun to wear. I love the rich, earthy colors of your piece, it's something that a girl could wear and wear and wear and never grow tired of. Oh and very clever of you to fabricate your own toggle, looks very professional. I'm sure the lost toggle will turn up when you lest expect it...and probably where you lest expect! :)

Pretty Things said...

Pretty job!

Mari said...

Love the bracelet!!

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