Lisa Lodge, of the blog, "A Grateful Artist" and store, Pine Ridge Treasures, has organized yet another amazing blog hop for jewelry designers. This one is the "Lampwork & Clay Blog Hop," and since I love both, I couldn't resist taking part!
We got to choose our preference for a kit, lampwork or clay. That's pretty much a tie for me, but I selected clay this time!
And in the kit I purchased, I received lovely pieces made by some of the best clay artists I know! (Did I think to take a "before" photo? Of course not!) But there were six round beads in stone colors with hues of earthy green, pale blue, and tan made by Gaea and a mint-green leaf pendant by Marla James (Marla's Mud).
The rest of the beads were to be from our own collection, not things we went out and purchased, but that we already had. No worries, these are my favorite colors, so I was ready to get started!
This photo highlights those gorgeous Gaea beads--all in stone-like colors!
You can see some of what I added too, various glass and stone beads the color of turquoise and a few Czech glass in brown with a sparkly finish. There are also sterling silver accent beads and a sterling silver bail.
Farther up the neck, are pale blue glass seed beads and Czech glass beads, then finally, hand-dyed silk ribbon in darker green, blue, and a bit of tan. There is a slider bead in back to keep the ribbon in place and enough ribbon length to tie a bow for a nice, soft finish.
Back to the front for the focal,...
Along with the lovely, intricate mint-green ceramic leaf, I added a mood bead that seemed just the right size, design, and colors and repeated the tan Czech beads.
My sincere thanks to Lisa for hosting this event, to the artists whose beads I had the honor of working with, and to all the other participants!
I hope you'll hop around and see what they created too! The list with links follows! ~Sharyl
Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Annette Rivers, MamaOwl's Mess
Karin King, The Sparkle Things Blog
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Mimi Gardner, Baubles, Beads and Other Curiosities
Dee Alcalde, Agape Creations Jewelry
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry <== You are here!
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Linda Aspenson Bergstrom, TBD
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Connie Tipton, TBD
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Michele Dotson, Star Jewels
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Jennifer Clifford, TBD
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Loretta, Loretta's Boutique
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper's GemsAlice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles (reveal will be delayed a few days)
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