Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spring Fever Design Challenge - Reveal



Time for the Spring Fever Design Challenge - Reveal!  Designs were photographed in the evening sun - in the hills of County Durham, UK.  There was a great mix of components in my challenge pack - a mix of purple, blue and indigo - these themes were built on in the design process.

The ceramic focal by Lesley of THEA Elements had the perfect curve to combine with a brass cuff blank.  The focal was complemented with hand stitched Swarovski crystal bicones, nylon soutache cords in lilac and navy, navy ultrasuede and purple lined aqua size 15 seed beads.

Purple Rose Soutache Cuff

The handmade ceramic purple and indigo spring bird set from Caroline of blueberribeads - features in two designs.  The cream hand painted bird and leaf were the perfect complement to the indigo sari strip from Smitten Beads.  An 8 warp kumihimo braid was created using the single sari strip - with the join reinforced.  Bronze wire was used to create a central bail using the mini WagsWicone - the wider coil sat comfortably on a finer braid - thanks for the challenge Pru!  The maxi Wags Wicone was used to create the end caps - simple hand made wire work clasp created a closure.

Spring bird meets sari braid

The smaller purple ceramic bird made an adorable charm on a shaggy loop bracelet - using blue and purple 4 mm rings and purple lined topaz drop beads.


Shaggy loop bracelet with bird charm

Finally the purple and blue ceramic rounds -THEA Elements. Created a simple statement pair of earrings!  A goddess bracelet was created using czech size 5 seed beads, purple cord and silver jump rings.

Shaggy loop drop earrings

Goddess Bracelet
Check out other participants creations

Erin Prais – Hintz – http://treasures-found.blogspot.co.uk/
Toltec Jewels - JewelSchoolFriends.com 

40 comments:

  1. Great makes, I love the cuff the best.

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  2. Wowzers that cuff bracelet is amazing lovely work.

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  3. Jenny All your pieces are gorgeous. I adore the soutache cuff.

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  4. Amazing designs. The shaggy loop bracelet is my favourite - the colours of the jump rings are subtle but together they look fabulous and highlight the birdy.

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  5. Beautiful designs, I love the soutache cuff, the colours are wonderful! Thank you for joining us in the challenge!

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    1. Thank you Caroline - your spring birds are proving very popular - there have been a few 'sins' since I shared mine!

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  6. Love all your designs but particularly like your sari braid necklace! :)

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  7. All beautiful esp the cuff bracelet :)

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  8. You really made a great use of your bead sets! I love the combination of the blue and the purple. A tad bit of mystery with the romance! Gorgeous cuff design. Thank you for sharing your spring fever! Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. Thank you Tesor - I tend to be tonal - so picked up theme from lovely ceramics

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  9. I learned something new --WagsWicone. I love what you created with it. All of your pieces are beautiful and well done. The colors are great.

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    1. It is a great tool - offers a speedy flexible way of completing braids. When I first started kumihimo - a few years ago - created hand stitched ones.

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  10. Wow these are just amazing i love the braided sari silk and those earrings are lovely x

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  11. Wow, just love what you did and pulling those colors together! Show stopper!

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  12. Oh wow, a lot of pretty, diverse things! You've got lots of talents there!

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  13. Beautiful designs! I love how they are so varied yet all are ones that I would be proud to wear.

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    1. Thank you - that's a great compliment

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  14. Oh my that first one is just brilliant - so pretty!

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  15. Wonderful! I especially love the shaggy loop bracelet. That beautiful blue with the purple bird looks like a lovely spring morning.

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  16. Love the colorway of the mix you received! So pretty, and your designs are lovely! Your Soutache Cuff is gorgeous, and your shaggy loops ensemble is fun & delightful! I Your spring bird is a songbird in your sari design, and I LOVE the goddess bracelet's chic sophistication and beauty. So pretty! Wonderful art works! X Gracias, Rita

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  17. I have found you on the blog too...whoo stalking ...love the bead mix and what you did with it :) Laney x

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  18. I am simply amazed by all the creations and designs you have here, I could not have worked with this colour of blue I don't think, it would have been out of my comfort zone and you matched the colours perfectly.

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    1. All inspired by the indigo sari strip!

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  19. Wow Jenny you certainly made good use of the components. The soutache cuff is awesome. It really makes Lesley's focal stand out. Your kumihimo is gorgeous and so is your chain maille.

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    1. Thanks Becky - I loved the ceramic focal on the blank - let's say i'm keeping an eye on new listings

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