Saturday, February 28, 2015

Make A Statement Jewelry Challenge - Hosted by Sally Russick



Hi Y'all,

I just want to say that Sally Russick's challenges are always fun to join, whether it is a jewelry challenge or a photography challenge.  Thank you Sally for pushing us to use our creativity in fresh and inspiring ways.

I have been told that my style of beading is Elegant Romance with Bling, and I guess this is correct at least that is how most of my pieces come out.  So when Sally said that the first of her challenges this year is "Make A Statement" all I could think of is a piece that would look good worn with a beautiful gown.  So I went through my stash and pulled out a Swarovski 30 x 18 mm oval in Astral pink, and two 18 mm round raviolis in the same color along with some 11/0 silver seed beads.  My plan was to bezel the oval and rounds and connect them with RAW accented with Indian pink 3mm bicones and then do the neck strap in CRAW accented with 4mm Astral pink bicones with the 3mm Indian pick bicones.  Sounds beautiful don't it?  Well that one never happened.  Try as I might I could not get the bezel to workout the way I wanted it to on the oval I started and took it apart three times before I finally gave up and went back to the drawing board.  I was browsing through one of my Pinterest boards when I came across a Chevron stitched necklace and a light bulb went off in my head, that is what I will do.  So once again I went to my stash and pulled out what I wanted to use and got started, but I did not get very far, something just was not feeling right, it was not going to make a statement.  It was not until yesterday morning when I was checking my emails, that I saw a bezeled ravoli in the Beading Daily blog post.  I said to myself that is it, that is what my necklace needs.  I got busy and before I knew it my piece was done.

I present to you "Blue Ice"


Elegant Romance with Bling



I used 8/0 bronze seed beads, cobalt blue rondells, fresh water pearl drops and 4mm rounds in the necklace, for the pendant a 16 mm ravoli that flashes blue and green, 11/0 and 15/0 bronze seed beads along with 8/0 cobalt blue seed beads in the bezel and accented with the 4 mm fresh water pearls.

Thank you for stopping by, please leave a comment I love hearing from y'all.

Now please go by and visit the others in this challenge.  I know I can not wait to see what these very talented beady people have created.


Sally Russick
Kim Dworak 
Terri Gauthier
Elizabeth Bergesen
Karin Grosset Grange
Paula Kramer 
Patti Vanderbloemen 
Therese Frank 
Beth McCord
Niky Sayers 


Happy beading Y'all,
Therese

22 comments:

  1. Your necklace is beautiful, love that blue, and the bezeled ravoli is the perfect finishing touch.

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  2. I have to agree - "Elegant Romance with Bling" is the perfect description of your style! Blue is my favorite color - and this just pops - I am reminded of Princess Diana's sapphire wedding ring - remember that? Personally, I think the addition of the pearls is what makes this over the top! I hope you have a gown to go with this - if not - GET SHOPPING and wear this baby! Gorgeous -- as always!!

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  3. Hi Therese - I just love reading about your inspiration and design ideas. I think we all must go through that yes - no - wait doesn't work - oh yippee! spectrum. And your inspiration came in the nick of time - wow! Those blues are just amazing and nothing makes a statement quite like pearls. On top of it all, you took some wonderful photos. Great job! (I thought we might see one of your cabs.)

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  4. Simply spectacular Therese! Love the bezel and the gorgeous work on the rest of this neck piece!!!

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  5. Your necklace is so beautiful, so elegant and yet bold with the blue popping out!

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  6. So Beautiful! Great choice in beads! That blue is electric! I admire you bead weaving skills!

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  7. This proves why you are the reigning Queen of Elegant Romance. GORGEOUS! You blow me away with how fast something can come together when it finally clicks :-)

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  8. oh! I guess I had not heard that, but completely agree that your style is indeed Elegant Romance with Bling! (I'm thinking back to your "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" challenge for the CC7A team - LOL) This is so regal and elegant and you with a touch of bling! LOVE this Therese - hail the reigning queen of Elegant Romance :D

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  9. Stunning! The beading around the focal piece is gorgeous. I love the cobalt blue crystals. This (and your style) truly is Elegant Romance with Bling!

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  10. Oh Therese, there is always the slight comic relief in your writing, your first design that you described sounds lovely, maybe for the next challenge! I do think that the necklace you did create is a definite showstopper! God, I love the royal blue and that focal is a knockout!! Thank you so much for participating in the challenge, I always look forward to what you will post and I'm never disappointed!

    Hope to see you for the next one!

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  11. That is awesome - the description for what you do - and so true!
    I love the blue beads that were used in your piece.
    The piece totally rocks!

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  12. Elegant Romance with Bling definitely! The way you built off the netting and hung the rivoli is just perfect. That necklace would make any woman feel beautiful :-)

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  13. Thats one beautiful necklace it really looks like a royal treasure! I have the upmost respect for anyone that can make those little seed beads into such beautiful pieces!

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  14. It is indeed royal looking...it is very Egyptian looking to me and I love it! Excellent job!

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  15. Elegant, and romantic, and definitely blingy :) Love your piece - the mix of colours is bold and beautiful. A true royal piece!

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  16. Fantastic, Therese!! It's really a statement necklace. Beautiful!

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  17. Totally fabulous! Isn't it funny how it hits you when something isn't going right? The rivoli was the perfect choice..love it.

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  18. Well, boy howdy, the third time was the charm on this one -- what a beautiful statement you've made! It is a gorgeous shade of blue, too. Perfect for an elegant gown!

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  19. I can't even fathom how you added that piece at the last minute. . .but it works beautifully and indeed makes a statement!! Amazing job, as always.

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  20. This necklace is stunning, I love everything about it!!

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  21. A gorgeous statement indeed! That rivoli drop is wonderful, and so is the necklace. Congrats! Success!

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