Back in April, a "Sun and Sea Side Challenge" was announced on the "Creative Beat Chat" Facebook group, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of it! The rules were simple--create jewelry using the colors orange and blue and ivory/white. (This was a secondary challenge to one where beads were given away.
In this side challenge, we used our own beads. I actually volunteered for this one. I had just been on this orange roll and had several sets of orange beads to choose from. And I nearly always have a stash of blue! I found some ivory and was good to go. For once, I would not have to order beads to participate! I even had art beads I could include. I was ready to begin!
Shortly before, there had been a "stacked bracelet" challenge. I hadn't heard of this until it was over, but had the opportunity to admire the results. I decided to give this style a try with my orange and blue.
I had a stacked layer bracelet (3 bracelets actually) created and ready to go by the next day. I have seldom worked with such speed and vision! Then began the long wait...
I was like a kid in a car on a trip across country. "When's the reveal date?" repeated often can begin to sound like, "Are we almost there yet?" The date was always so far off in the future I didn't bother to memorize it. I just asked again every few weeks.
Then one day, I heard it mentioned when the date would be--in early July. And of course, I was planning to be out of town on vacation. I'm guessing they had the event, but I never saw any of the entries, and never posted my own. (Bummer...)
So, rather than pout (it's so unflattering),... I decided to share it with you all. :-)
|Some of my several varieties of orange-colored beads, |
along with blue beads
and a ceramic art bead in ivory and blue by
Natalie Pappas of NKP Beads.
A third bracelet, similar in style to the first...
Both of these are made with memory wire.
This time the blue is turquoise
and the orange is lighter
and mixed with some yellow.
There is another of Natalie's wonderful beads,
and a small round copper charm I made
attached to the back of the bracelet.
|Finally, I added these earrings in turquoise, |
and bright orange colors,
wrapped in bright copper.
|The full bracelet set as I once envisioned...|
Then later, with the "kimono" cuff removed, below.
If you did a piece for this challenge too, please feel free to provide a link to it in the Comments section. I would love to see what you created! Thanks and have a good week!
Sharyl ~ Sharyl's Jewelry