Lorelei's Michaels Blog Challenge

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yay! I finished my necklace for the blog challenge. I know it's early, but as soon as I get up Sunday morning I have to get ready and head out for my granddaughter's birthday party, so I won't be able to post in the morning. So without further ado, here it is!
I was able to get most of the beads just as Lorelei chose them, but had to make a couple of substitutions. There were no tiny green freshwater pearls, so I had to get larger ones. I'm not sure if the 10mm beads were the exact same shade as Lorelei's. They sorta looked green in her photo, but I could only find blue ones that light. For my focal, I chose this sweet peacock pendant from Blue Moon Beads -Enchanted planet line. It has the same green as the pearls and blue as the glass beads For my "extras" I used wire and sari silk. The blue glass beads are wire wrapped and I made the hanger for the pendant. I tied little strips of sari silk to the hanger.
Of course one rule was making your own clasp, which I did with silver wire. I prefer to attach my clasps to the side instead of the back, so I made the clasp pretty large and hung a pearl from it.

This was such a fun challenge! I do love the cinnabar (I already have a lot of it) but the rest, especially the white chain, was definitely "out of the box" for me! Thanks Lorelei for the challenge, please give us more!!!

Here is the list of participants for the challenge. Please continue your blog hopping with the next person on the list, Sweet Girl Design. :)

~Debi :)

Mary Harding
Hilary of Fryestyle
For My Sweet Daughter
My Life Under the Bus
Kristie of DreamSomeDesigns
Linda's Bead Blog & Meanderings
Copper Diem

Andrew Thornton
Raida of HavanaBeads (I need a correct link for this blog!)
Erin of Treasuresfound
Molly of BeautifullyBrokenMe
Beading by Malin de Koning

Deborah M Purdy
Spirited Earth

Erin Siegel Jewelry
beads by breul
Beads for Busy Gals
Cynths Blog
Nayas Organized Chaos
Crafty Hope

Rosebud For the Love of Beads
Jamberry Song
Peacock Fairy
Elysian Studio Art
Designs by Debi
sweet girl design


lorelei said...

I'm so glad you liked the challenge! i hope i can pick interesting things that are fun to work with on the next challenge. I think it will be in november. I'll announce the details soon on the blog.
Thanks so much for participating!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Love the peacock focal - great pick! Happy blog hopping : )

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Love that focal!

jamberry_song said...

Very lovely! For some reason, it makes me think of Frida Kahlo, probably because she had such an interesting relationship with animals. This is so unique and has such a strong personality, I love it!! Fantastic work. :D

Wendy said...

Very pretty! I love the focal you used too!

Mellisa said...

Lovely piece! I agree with everyone else, the focal is gorgeous :)

Erin said...

This is very pretty! Love the wrapped blue glass and the silk fiber additions. The pendant is just perfect, too!

CraftyHope said...

I like this SO MUCH. Somehow I misunderstood the 'make your own clasp' part, but oh well. You did a great job with this challenge!!

chocoholic said...

Very nice, love that peacock pendant! You balanced the colors very nicely!!

Spirited Earth said...

lovely piece..great focal choice..like your addition of the silk

Deborah said...

I love your clasp and the way you wrapped the jade beads!

Janet said...

Your Necklace has Vim and Vigor and is Alive!! I really have to say youve got it going on here with this..and I just Love it! I would wear this Anyday!! Bravo!

Imaginative Jewelry said...

Your necklace is gorgeous. I also love the cinnabar. I have more uses in mind for it.

2CAHummingbird said...

I love the peacock focal! I almost bought the same one!

maryharding said...

Great peacock necklace. Speaking of writers who loved birds, Flannery O'Connor loved peacocks and all sorts of other birds too. I think the peacock goes well with the beads you used. Great piece.

peacockfairy said...

Loving the peacock pendant! The perfect colors for it!!!

Rebecca said...

What a stunning pendant! Love it!

Copper Diem said...

really beautiful! that pendant is cool!

TesoriTrovati said...

Great focal! Thanks for sharing your inspiration. This is a lovely piece.
Enjoy the day!

rosebud101 said...

I love the peacock pendant. It is the perfect accent for the beautiful necklace you made!

Christine said...

Such a beautiful necklace ~ love the peacock focal!!

*Debi* said...

Thank you everyone for the nice comments :) Made my day :)

Andrew Thornton said...

What a great way to spotlight your focal element! You've created a piece that's got a lot of character and charm! Lovely!

Holly said...

Debi, this is a beautiful necklace! The pendant is gorgeous, and the sari silk divine! Wasn't this so fun?

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Elisabeth said...

Beautiful - love it!

Raida Disbrow said...

I love your focal, and the addition of the silk, lovely necklace.

Molly Alexander said...

What a great focal you picked to pull the whole design together. The sari silk compliments the beads so well, and the wire-wrapped beads look fantastic. Beautiful!

Courtney said...

I love your necklace. The focal, sari ribbon, wrapped beads. Really nice.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Great use of the components and wire wrapping the beads is brilliant. When I first saw the silk, I thought you used feathers, which is awesome with the peacock pendant. But silk is even better because it kind of looks like feathers, but isn't feathers. Because those things are kind of messy ;o) Lovely necklace.