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
(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!

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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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


Toltec Jewels                                 


Linda Anderson                             

Jennifer Reno                                 

Shirley Moore                                

Kristen Stevens                              

Marybeth Rich                               

Jael Thorp                                      

Melissa Trudinger                           

Andrea Glick                                  

Nan Smith                                      

Blanca Medina                               

Shai Williams                                  

Carolyn Lawson                             

Rana Wilson                                   

Robin Reed                                    

Robin Showstack                           

Sheila Prosterman                           

Karla Morgan                                

Kari Asbury                                   

Kelly Rodgers                                

Jayne Capps                                  

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi          

Heather Richter                             

Chris Eisenberg                             

Kathleen Breeding                         

Linda Landig                                 

Crystal Thain                                 

Cheri Reed                                    

Heather d-Entremont                     

Dini Bruinsma                                

Lori Schneider                               

Tammy Adams                              

Melinda Orr                                  

Lennis Carrier                               

Cynthia Machata                           

Elizabeth Hodges                          

Debbie Rasmussen                        

Tanya McGuire                             

Charlie Jacka                                

Ev Shelby                                     

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson              

Jasvanti Patel                              

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




baymoondesign said...

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

Shirley 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!!

TanyaMcGuire 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.

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! :-)


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!

Shai Williams 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.

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.

Unknown 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!

Unknown 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.

Empty nester at last said...

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

Anonymous 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.


Unknown said...

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