Friday, January 21, 2011

Fusion Beads Reader Challenge/ Pod and Vine necklace.

Hello and welcome,

I decided to increase my participation in the online beading community this year - so to start the ball rolling, I joined the Fusion Beads Reader Challenge via lorelei's blog.

Everyone in the challenge had to purchase the same set of basic components.

These consisted of:
          1. Olive green leather cording
          2. Fire Polished Glass beads, Transparent Gold/Smoky Topaz, and Transparent Green
              Luster, 12mm
          3. Matte Metallic Teal/Gold Iris Drop Japanese seed beads 2.8mm
          4. Tiger Kamagong Ebony Hardwood round beads, 5mm

These all came from Fusion Beads.

Seed Beads
Fire Polished Bead

Also on the list to buy from Fusion was Matte Dark Hunter Lucite walnut leaf charms - however, due to demand, these were unavailable, so I ended up purchasing matte dark olive Feather leaves, 13x23mm, from The Beadin' Path.

The nominated 27mm Pewter Owl  Round Toggle Clasp came from Green Girl Studios

Owl Toggle Clasp

The idea was also that we could add components of our own choosing to the mix and create a jewelry item of our choice.  I chose to make a necklace.

I chose to add silver cones with a "vine" motif, aquamarine gemstone beads and a gorgeous pod-style borosilicate glass lampwork pod  pendant, made by Gail Crosman Moore
(I hope this is correct, I did purchase this years ago, 2004 to be precise, and it has been waiting patiently in my bead stash  for it's chance to shine!)

When deciding on my design, I was inspired by the glass lampwork pendant and it's wonderful organic colours. It reminded me of something in a garden that you don't really appreciate until you stoop to inspect a little more closely to see it's full beauty.

It made sense to me to loosely weave the seed beads, aquamarine beads and the olive leather cording together, in a vine-simulation, the leather being the thin tendril weaving it's way through.
These were then all attached to wire which was then threaded through the silver cones.
I found this the most difficult task technically as I had never created anything like this before.

The glass pod was tied through it's embedded wire loop by a co-ordinating green and light brown silk ribbon to the centre of the multiple strands.  I may have to change the silk ribbon later on as I feel it may not be strong enough for the long term.

A few leaves and little beads were added to a dangle attached to the pod.

The fire polished beads, separated by the small Kamagong round beads, made up the rest of my necklace between cones and clasp.

The Pewter Owl toggle clasp was attached at the back of my necklace. A shame really because it is too beautiful to be hidden.  I do have another of these and next time want to use it at the front where it can be seen.

All in all I feel pretty happy about it.  The one thing that I am still thinking about is the balance of the two sections - whether I should have had a shorter length of the central interlaced strands and a longer run of the fire polished beads, so that the larger beads could be seen a little more . Oh well, I'll live with it for a while and see if I really feel compelled to change it.

I learnt a few new techniques along the way and worked with tiny drop seed  beads which was also new for me.
It also made me think about colour co-ordination and what is pleasing to my own eye.

Thank you to Lorelei  for co-ordinating the challenge, it was fun.

Please take a moment to go through the list below of other participants. I am sure there is a wide variety of inspiring designs. I know I will be spending quite a bit of time looking through all of these great blogs.

Happy browsing!



steufel said...

Love that one! Great piece!

Lorelei Eurto said...

WOW! Amazing necklace! I love it! must look again closer!!!!

Be sure to post the updated blog link list, it's posted on my blog this morning.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh my *Love* beautiful combination of components - great theme!!! Happy Hopping : )

Courtney said...


My Life Under the Bus said...

OMG - I didn't realize you were in Australia! I have good friends in Buderim Queensland : )

Janet said...

Tho I didnt participate Im looking at some of the entries...this is just Ravishing! Oh its just so lovely. You did a wonderful job!!

Kristi Bowman said...

You should be happy with it, it's stunning!! That Lampwork bead is WOW and I love the addition of the soft aquamarine. I always tend to try to jazz things up with bright color but I'll have to try the subtle approach next time because it's beautiful!. Thank you for sharing.

Molly Alexander said...

Wow - this necklace is just stunning! I love how you braided the strands together, and the addition of the pod bead is perfect. Beautiful!

Holly said...

Oh goodness, that pod bead focal is simply to die for! I so love how you incorporated that piece into this necklace....divine, just that, divine.

Lisa Godfrey said...

Beautiful necklace! It feels romantic and mysterious to me like it has a story to tell. All the components you used are just gorgeous!

TesoriTrovati said...

What a mysterious and sensuous necklace! I love that lampwork. So lovely. I have never used those seed beads. They look like a lot of fun!
Enjoy the day!

Anonymous said...

What a lush and opulent necklace. I'd feel so special wearing this. Beautiful work!

Charlene said...

It is just gorgeous, I love how you brought everything together.

fireflymyst said...

Love the glass pod you added to your necklace!

Regina said...

Definitely one of my favorites today, love the fresh new-growth green and the seed pod, and do I spy a strand of aquamarine? Something very organic about it all. Love it. I would love to see a picture of the entire necklace

Jennifer Cameron said...

that noise you just heard? That would be my jaw dropping and hitting the floor. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Oh, did I mention it's GORGEOUS?

Jenni C said...

Thank you so much to everyone who has posted comments on my blog, this is my first time to do this and it is just a thrill to read your comments and then to browse all of your blogs to see your pieces. Sincerley, jenni

Anna Lear said...

I just love this necklace; the focal is stunning, and you did a great job of pulling all the elements together to set it off perfectly. The colors are so soothing... wonderful work!

Jenni C said...

Thank you very much Anna, I am enjoying looking at your blog.

Georgie Field said...

Hi Jenni, gorgeous result, love the whole effect. That toggle is FAB, glad you have another to play with.


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