It's time to show y'all what I made with the items that Christine of One Kiss Creations blog picked out of our stash for us to create with. Here is what she picked for us to create with this month...
(borrowed from Christine's blog)
Red blister pearls that I gave to Christine and vintage acrylic beads that Christine gave to me. First let me show you what I made with the vintage acrylic beads.
These beads have a very pretty star burst design on the top and bottom of the beads it reminded me of the center of a flower. So I was thinking how can I make these look like flowers and still make a piece of jewelry with them. It did not take me long to think of Kristen Steven's Pop Out Pearls pattern, which can be found here. I had to modify the pattern to fit around the 10 mm beads which as you can see turned out just right. I was going to make the bracelet, but as I was making the components I thought how neat they would look as the focal for a necklace.
I played around with the lay out of the components until I came up with this design. The neck straps are Russian Spiral. Kristen was telling me how she had done a Russian Spiral using twin beads and I tried and tried to do it myself, but I just could not envision how it was done and got very frustrated and decided to just do a regular Russian Spiral. I had several of the bronze Czech fire polished 4 mm beads left so I did an inch on each side with them for a little bit of detailing in the ropes. I am very pleased with how this one turned out and I still have enough of the vintage beads left to do a pair of earrings to go with the necklace.
Next the red pearl that I gave to Christine. Oh my did I have a time with these! I started three different designs and had to tear them out, because they were just not working the pearls just did not want to be sewn into a design, so I strung them up.
I had these crystal roundels, one string is clear AB x 2 that I used as the side neck straps, another one is clear AB, that I alternated with red AB crystal roundels. The pearls I strung with clear crystal 4 mm rounds. I twisted the pearl strand with the roundel strand and crimped each end to keep them from untwisting. I used a Sterling Silver plated heart toggle clasp to complete the necklace. This photo does not show the Bling that this necklace has. It catches the light and is almost blinding.
If you have not already please go by Christine's blog and see what she has created using the vintage beads and the red blister pearls.
Happy beading Y'all