Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bead Packet Design Challenge

Hi all! I'm so excited to be revealing my pieces for this challenge! A quick recap, Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, from Sharyls Jewelry & Reflections, posted her second Bead Packet Design Challenge a few weeks ago.
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.

I embellished the rope with 15's in a coordinating green.

Both the toggle bar and the clasp loop are also in CRAW, but it was in a 4 bead, rather than 6 bead.

I embellished one "side" of the loop with the 15's and 11's that were used in the rope.
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 used tiny 2 mm black pearls on either side of the focal bead.

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!

--1. Kashmira Patel  (Sudafulee... Always in Bloom)
--2. Sonia Smith (posting on my blog)
--3. Alicia  (All the Pretty Things) 
Cheri  (Creative Designs by Cheri) 
--7 Alice Craddick  (Alice's Beads and Baubles)
--8. Cilla (Tell Your Girlfriends) 
--9. Whimsical Monkey  (Whimsical Monkey)  
--10. KayzKreationz  (KayzKreationz) 
--11. Jean A. Wells  (Jean A. Wells Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry)


  1. Your pieces are really beautiful. I like the bold unexpected color choices. Is the 6 bead CRAW sort of the same, you just start with 6 beads and follow the same floor, sides, celing method? How did you do that triple spiral? It is awesome. I have only done a single spiral and my friend has tried double with little success, but 3 really amazing.

  2. Both of your pieces turned out awesome. I love that necklace and the color in it. I don't have the patience to work with seed beads like that. What great pieces.

  3. Wow! Those are awesome. I love the beadweaving with the pottery beads. You don't see that very often. It is a beautiful combination and I, too, love your color choices. This was such a fun challenge. I'm now sure what CRAW is, but yesterday I learned that RAW is "right angle weave". Whatever it is, you do it beautifully.

  4. I love how you combined those challenge beads with seedies! So perfect and so well done. Love the colors, too, especially the coral spiral colors. Nice work, sista!

  5. Those are awesome. I love your color choices and how the seed beads make Natalie's beads shine! Wonderful work!

  6. Oh, wow - it would have never occurred to me to use seed beads, but you did such a wonderful job! The colours are gorgeous too - love the spiral trio :)

  7. wow! I love them!

  8. I came here expecting to see some awesome seed-beadery, and I got what I wanted! Sweeeeet these designs are!

  9. Congratulations! Shirley for winning Sharyl's gift certificate. I know you will enjoy shopping in her store. You lucky, lucky girl.


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