This packet was inspired by beautiful ceramic beads by Natalie Pappas. I'm just going to copy Sharyl's pic from the challenge post.
I was thrilled when I received the packet, the beads are just gorgeous. I've had a love affair with CRAW lately, which is very obvious from my last few pieces. But up to this point, I had stuck to the standard, four bead CRAW. Heather Collin very generously created a free tutorial generated from a question I asked of her. In the tutorial, she mentioned a six bead CRAW. What?? How exactly does that work? It kept stewing in my head, and when the bead packet arrived, it burst forth and said, "Me, Me, Me! I would look great with those beads!"
So, I said yes. And I am happy to say, I love the way it turned out! It is definitely a stitch I will be using again.
The lovely purpley red matte 8's provided a perfect backdrop for the soft green of Natalie's ceramic bead.
Both the toggle bar and the clasp loop are also in CRAW, but it was in a 4 bead, rather than 6 bead.
I used that beautiful pink spiral focal for a necklace. The technique I used is one I haven't visited for quite a while....triple spiral!! And I seem to keep making unexpected color choices. Wanna see?
Not only did I choose matte black and amber to show off that gorgeous coral of her bead, but I chose an antique white for the core beads, to coordinate with the gemstones that came with the packet. I'm absolutely aweful with names, so I don't remember what kind they are. (insert embarrassed blush)
I ran out of time to get my clasp attached, because I really wanted to get the pics in the good light! I decided on a simple toggle bar and peyote circle, using the same beads from the rope, so the color continues to flow throughout the piece. I'm so very happy with the way both pieces turned out, and very thankful to Sharyl and Natalie for the challenge!
Please go visit the rest of the participants to see more lovelies!
--2. Sonia Smith (posting on my blog)
--3. Alicia (All the Pretty Things)
4 Cheri (Creative Designs by Cheri)
--8. Cilla (Tell Your Girlfriends)
--9. Whimsical Monkey (Whimsical Monkey)
--10. KayzKreationz (KayzKreationz)
--11. Jean A. Wells (Jean A. Wells Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry) http://jeanawells.blogspot.com/