Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Fever Design Challenge





When I first found out about this challenge, I was excited!!  The beads, oh the beads, were to die for!!  Plus, I think I share most of my life on facebook and am not good about blogging...so,  I wanted to try and get back into it.  This was the reason I needed!  The challenge was put on by Thea of Thea Elements, Caroline from Blueberribeads, and Smitten Beads!

The beads arrived and I was taken in by the beautiful colors that were put together and mailed.  They smelled and looked like spring!  I love birds and was all excited about this cute pair!



So, it was time to get to work.  I will admit, I had them sitting on my bead table for quite some time admiring them, thinking about how to create something special with them!  I ended up doing 3 totally unique, separate pieces.  I debated and debated about doing a set and in the end created a necklace, another necklace, and a bracelet!

First up is the vintage necklace I created using vintage, Lucite white beads and a vintage flower.  The chain is designed with  czech glass and Vintaj Natural Brass.  This is my favorite I think!  There are two shades of green czech glass and it moves from dark to light up the chain!  Sorry, bear with me, I need to learn to take better photographs...that is on the short list for 2014!  :) 
   


The second piece I made was a bracelet using recycled glass, leather, and vintage, Lucite white beads!  I wanted to bring out the blue flowers in the bird!  It was a different style for me, but I loved how it turned out! I just love that bird!  I finished off the bracelet with a white, vintage button.



The last piece I made, I used the 3 remaining beads/flower focal as well as the silk string.  As I was wondering how to put it all together, I came across some wooly wire I had forgotten I had in the perfect color of these pieces.  So, I formed my focal and beads with the wire and then put it all together.  I thought it would be perfect to add a bee clasp since they are so attracted to flowers and the importance they bring!




Thanks for coming out to visit today!  Please follow me if you haven't already (I promise to blog more often) and be sure to visit all of the other participants!

Kristi Harrison - http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.co.uk/  (you are here!)
Erin Prais – Hintz – http://treasures-found.blogspot.co.uk/
Toltec Jewels - JewelSchoolFriends.com


25 comments:

  1. Your designs are just wonderful! Wasn't it fun to work with such lovely beads.

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  2. Wow! stunning work come and pop by my blog and see mine for the challenge http://christinesjewellerybox.blogspot.co.uk
    Christine x

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  3. Gorgeous designs! Love your bracelet!

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  4. Beautiful designs, that little bee clasp is too cute, it finishes off the necklace perfectly!

    Thank you for joining us in the challenge!

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  5. Lovely designs and colour combos :)

    http://jewellerybyemmaquinn.blogspot.com/2014/04/spring-fever-design-challenge.html

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  6. Gorgeous designs Kristi - the perfect antidote to the awful winter many of us have had...you can't help but smile at these cheery pieces. Thank you for joining in with our challenge.

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  7. Love the pops of colour in your designs. it snowed here yesterday, so your pieces are the perfect pick-me-up.

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  8. Beautiful - especially the first necklace!

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  9. Lovely combinations - and all so different!

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  10. Beautiful designs, Kristi... love how you combined your handmade beads with lovely vintage for a spectacular result :)

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  11. I love the way you used the Wooly Wire, Miss Kristi. And that blue and white bracelet is so sweet and a little bit retro. Reminds me of some china my grandmother had. Thank you for sharing your spring fever! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  12. I love your bracelet. You did a great job bringing out the blue flowers in the bird. The lucite button is perfect. The wooly wire is perfect for connecting the pieces in you necklace. I am going to have to break down and buy some! Your necklaces are both pretty. Congrats on a job well done.

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  13. These are all so beautiful and that first necklace is stunning x

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  14. Love all your pieces. Beautiful work

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  15. Gorgeous pieces, they all look so springy.

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  16. Amazing color balance for all of them. I especially love the last necklace.

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  17. What beautiful designs. I am especially in love with the first necklace which is surprising since it is so out of my style range but it is one that I would wear a lot.

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  18. That green is the most soothing color I've seen in some time-love it!

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  19. So pretty Kristi we got similar color schemes! I love what you did.

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  20. So lovely! Especially the first necklace. I love that vintage look and the light, spring coloring.

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  21. All three pieces are divine! The first is breathtaking, just stunning. Love the vintage beads, the Vintaj, and soft green ombre of your necklace. So terrific! The bumblebee clasp is inspired, and compliments the yellow & green colorway beautifully! The bracelet is lovely -- I too used blue recycled glass in earrings. Beautiful bracelet! Wonderful designs and brilliant compositions. X Rita

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  22. You've created so much with one pack I am amazed and I particularly love how you went all out with each colour, the last necklace is my favourite as I would have struggled with such a deep vibrant green, I love it!

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  23. Great job with all three of your designs. I like the bracelet best.

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