Friday, March 29, 2013

Resin Bauble Slider Challenge

Well, that was a mouthful, huh? So, by now, ya'll know I'm rather addicted to challenges. Thus it comes as no surprise to you, that when I was reading blog posts a couple of weeks ago, and saw Lorelei Eurto's post, asking who would like to play, I jumped in with both feet!
Here is a look at the challenge item.

I purchased both color sets, because I wanted the purple and orange ones, and my daughter wanted the aqua set.
I honestly thought this would be a walk in the park.
You see, I did not pay attention to the fact that the way you connect this item to something was ON. THE. BOTTOM.
I happily beaded up an awesome section of a Heather Collin pattern to create a bracelet....and then discovered that I couldn't connect it. Ugh.

So then I decided I needed a frame around it. I beaded one up....and it was too big. Yes, I was starting to feel like Goldilocks.
Ok, I know!! Me, the non-wireworker, will make a wire frame....umm, it's a little ugly, so I'll macrame around it...and now it's ugly and took a long time to tie knots on, and it still doesn't work. (Insert some hair pulling at this point)

I'm tellin' ya'll, I was starting to get a little....MAD at this goofy thing!
Finally, inspiration struck, and I came up with an idea...let's see what you think...

 A wrap bracelet, with the component all pretty and front and center.A beautiful metal button by Barbara Bechtel is the closure.

The C lon cord is a perfect match to the purple in the component.

 If you've ever worked with goldstone, you know how pretty it sparkles. It was such a great complement to the sparkle in the resin beads.
This was a great challenge, and I'm so very glad I got to finally play in one of Lorelei's challenges. Here's  the links to the other participants.

Thanks Lorelei!


  1. this is such a cool versatile piece. I love the colours :-)

  2. yes yes yes!! I love that this slider challenged you!! That's the purpose of these little tests- AND I am SO GLAD YOU STUCK WITH IT and kept trying! Because this is awesome! Love the use of leather and the goldstone is a perfect addition!! Great work!! Thanks so much for playing along!!

    p.s. you can copy and paste the participant list and add it to your post, so that hoppers can continue through the list easily. Thanks!

  3. I love your interpretation of the challenge. Your use of goldstone with the component was ingenious! Great work!

  4. What a great idea! I love how you used the slider on the leather. I would not have thought of that and it works so well.

    I'm curious to know which of Heather's patterns you tried. I love her patterns and any of them would look awesome with the sliders.

    You had asked to see the back of my bracelet. I will try to take a picture this morning and send it to you.

  5. Amazing finished product!
    I had much hair pulling, too!!
    Would love to see the rejected messes, they sound interesting...

  6. I love this style of bracelet! The resin focal strip put a really neat twist on it, and the goldstone really was a great choice to get that blingy effect the resin needs!

  7. Oh I think this is lovely! what a great design!! and good idea to use goldstone with these sliders

  8. Ha! My daughter and I had the opposite selections.. I was just going to get the aqua and she insisted on both and promptly carried them to the cash. It's just not worth fighting over I thought ;) I think there is special satisfaction when it's not the first incarnation you end up showing. This is so hip, I love love love the goldstone with it. I don't think I have any in my stash at the moment but I'm sure going to check! Very cool miss thang!

  9. What a fun piece and I like how you kept the sparkle going by using the goldstone, very pretty.

  10. What a cute solution to the dilemma! And it's a great twist on the simple wrap bracelet.

  11. This whole challenge was such fun - and truly challenging :) I love the piece you made, and I hope you'll find solutions for the other designs too! The goldstone is so perfect with the bracelet - and I love wrap bracelets :)

  12. Great idea! A slider fits perfectly with that kind of design!

  13. Such a clever design! I have never made one of these bracelets before but you are inspiring me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day. Erin

  14. Excellent! Sliders are so great!


I'm thrilled you stopped by! Thanks for your words of wisdom.