Sunday, August 3, 2014

Toltec Jewels Design Challenge (Featuring SueBeads)--Reveal!

It all started with a "Chicklet" shaped bead.
I saw it on the Toltec Jewels Facebook page.
Not this exact one, I think, but one similar.
It was love at first site.
And I wondered to myself,...
how had I missed it before?


Bead by Susan Kennedy of SueBeads


Turns out, it had been getting a lot of press during the previous weeks,
and I had been gone....
Gone from town, gone from the country, 
gone from internet connections,...
and nearly missed my destiny with this bead.


But, when Rita of Toltec Jewels 
(our host today's big event)
heard of my disappointment,
she quickly resolved the matter,
let me in to her "Choosy.... Design Challenge," 
and sent me this sweet bead in a glorious tangerine/orange shade.  

Ah me!
All was well with the world again!


It was still June, but immediately, my mind jumped to a Fall, almost Halloween type design.  I pulled together orange beads (some clashed and had to go, but I found a nice strand that seemed a great match), some large black Czech beads had just arrived and I grabbed them from my desk top before even contemplating putting them away, some art beads I found I had saved for a couple of years, and some pieces of my own!   Like a soup or brew, they all went in together, 

...and out came... this:


Ceramic Donut bead:  Captured Moments (Etsy);
Copper handmade clasp by me;
Irish Waxed Linen thread
from pottery bead maker,
 WhiteCloverKiln (Etsy)


....and this:



Upper left:
Peachy pottery beads by Jenny Gholson-Morris
of Eclectic Prairie (Etsy).
White and beige Funky Flat Poly Beads
sell in my Sharyl's Jewelry (Artfire) store.Right side:
Black and white Czech glass beads sold by MayaHoney (Etsy).
Orange Chicklet by SueBeads (Etsy)
Dotted lampwork spacers
(CrazyLadyGlass)
(Take a moment now 
and prepare your minds 
for the upcoming mayhem!)...

Finally, this:

At the bottom of the donut pendant
is an embossed and patinated copper disk I made
and a striped cone-shaped bead
from Petra at Scorched Earth (Etsy).


Update:  This little bit of magic is available for sale now!
CLICK HERE!

In all honesty, I'm not sure how Sue's chicklet, so kindly bestowed upon me by Rita, became this wild creation!  But no matter how odd it might be, I'm really glad it turned out the way it did!   My complete thanks to Sue and to Rita!

Now, I feel ready for Fall...

...and ready to visit the blogs to see what the other participants made from their beads!  

Please pay a visit to the participating artists below:


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ARTISTS:

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:                               SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
                                                                Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy's website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads                                SueBeads

Hostess:

Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Artists:

Linda Anderson                                       http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Reno                                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Shirley Moore                                          http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/

Kristen Stevens                                        http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com

Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/

Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Andrea Glick                                            http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith                                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                                         www.peru-medesigns.com

Shai Williams                                            http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Rana Wilson                                             http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Robin Reed                                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/

Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury                                             http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Kelly Rodgers                                          https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue

Jayne Capps                                            https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/

Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Kathleen Breeding                                   http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall

Linda Landig                                           http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Crystal Thain                                           http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed                                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/

Dini Bruinsma                                          http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                                         http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams                                        http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Melinda Orr                                            http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog

Lennis Carrier                                         http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/

Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/

Charlie Jacka                                          http://clay-space.com/blog/

Ev Shelby                                               http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com


Thanks for visiting us today!  Hope you enjoy the blog hop!

~Sharyl

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25 comments:

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the disk that you made. Great design for a necklace and the colors are wonderful.

Shirley Moore said...

Oh Sharyl! What an exciting color palette! Yes, it is a perfect fall look, and your accent colors are spot on to complement Sue's bead. I love seeing what you create!!

Tanya McGuire said...

I love how all the different parts work to make up a fantastic piece. Amazing that the one chicklet brought together all the other pieces. Love it.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Sharyl,
Beautiful necklace just perfect for Fall.
Therese

sheilaposter said...

Just wow.!you had some great components, like that cone and well I can't list them all, but that little chicklet stand up to all of them

Tammy Adams said...

What a fabulous fall design. You did a fantastic job pulling together so many different elements into a necklace that's wearable and wonderful. Now I am ready for fall too.

AntiquityTravelers said...

wow the drama in this one! so fun to see how people are designing with their chicklets! you had the same color I did ... and really went to town with your piece! you'll have so much fun wearing this one!!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Love the funky vibe, Sharyl :)

Sharyl said...

Thank you all for your delightful comments! If I haven't been to your sites yet, I will soon. I'm just getting off work. Toured a few that went up late last night. I'm so anxious to see everyone's designs!

Thanks again for visiting and commenting. It makes my day when you do! :-)

Sharyl

Ann Schroeder said...

I LOVE this wild creation. All the colors and textures work so wonderfully together. I love all the different art beads. Your funky flat ploy beads are perfect in this. Love everything about it.

Kari Asbury said...

I LOVE it! obviously this chicklet became part of the fabulous design because it was destined too :) I love your autumn/Halloween melting pot of delights!

Shaiha said...

Isn't it amazing how such a complex creation can come from one bead? And I just love the creation which looks like it would be perfect for autumn and Samhain.

Sharyl said...

Ah you all, my cheeks are pink from blushing! Thanks for your very sweet comments!

Here Bead Dragons said...

Some beads have a design of their own and make you go there. This turned out to be a great piece.
~cryssT

ShadowDogDesigns said...

FABULOUS design, Sharyl! Wow - I'd wear that in a heart beat. Amazing what one little bead will inspire!

Kepi said...

Stunning, I love each component, the color combination is stunning. So so beautiful!

Shel said...

Wow - what an awesome design!! It's just so cool. Love all the shapes, textures and colors.

Nan Smith said...

I keep coming back to look at your necklace and every time I see something different. I love everything about it! The colors you used to complement the Chicklet are perfection. The eclectic mix of art beads tell a story which to me all good jewelry does. And your story is intriguing. You knocked it out of park with this challenge. Well done, Sharyl!

Jen Ren said...

What a conversation piece! I love all the different components you used to bring the design together.

Jael said...

What a stunning necklace! I would wear it! Great job.

Dolores Raml said...

Neat necklace, I'm glad you didn't miss this hop.

Veralynne Malone said...

Now that is a stunning piece! I love how your orange chicklet really pops with all the other beads. Excellent job!

Robin Showstack said...

Very different. I especially like the cone at the bottom.

Charlie said...

Stunning piece. I love how boho chic it is. The colors are great.

-Charlie
http://clay-space.com/blog/

Dini Bruinsma said...

Wow, such great colours! To combine with awhite, or black dress... What a very interesting necklace! I ♥ really love the design!