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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop reveal

Today is the reveal for Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures' Gemstones and Metal Blog Hop reveal.  Each of the participants purchased a kit from Lisa that contained gemstones and metal findings.  My kit kit contained Black-lined Jasper, some Snowflake Obsidian, a silver-plated toggle clasp, two bails, and two different spacer beads.

I have never worked with either gemstone but the Snowflake Obsidian called to me first and this piece just seemed to flow together.  I used the Snowflake rounds and rondels along with turquoise howlite and red seed beads.

I was able to make two sets of earrings to go along with this necklace, each different than the other.  One set is just the Snowflake Obsidian round, red seed beads, and the turquoise howlite on an eyepin.

The second set is Snowflake rondels with turquoise howlite and red seed beads with dangles.

My next piece used the Black-line Jasper ovals and diagonally drilled squares (diamond shaped??) stones to make a necklace.  I used the ribbed silver-plated spacers that Lisa sent in the kit along with the leftover purple glass beads I had from the recent Michael's Challenge blog hop.

I have two sets of earrings for this necklace and I have another necklace laid out already to string using the rectangle Black-lined Jasper beads.  I hope to update the pictures by Monday evening.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the other participants:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Big Margaret
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations  You are here.
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware (May be delayed a few days)
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)
Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn Jewelry
Lisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Be sure to stop back by August 2 for the reveal of the Summer Carnival Blog Hop and on August 3 for the Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop.
I apologize for the lateness of my post but my computer did not want to co-operate last night or this morning.


  1. I love your second necklace. The shapes of the beads that you combined make it so interesting.

  2. beautiful love the addition of the bright colors

  3. The bright colors really make everything pop. I love what you did with your beads!

  4. You created lovely pieces and the addition of turquoise and red gives them the extra pop of color for very festive jewelry.

  5. I like the addition of red and blue to your gemstone. Those colors really pop. My favorite piece is the necklace with the diamond stones. Such a pleasing shape.

  6. Hi Carolyn, You chose the accent colors well. Good job.

  7. Beautiful items - I like your use of the blue and red to highlight the Snowflake Obsidian. Will check back to see your other pieces after Monday.

  8. Very pretty Carolyn. I love your choice of contrasting colours. It really highlights the stones.

  9. Gorgeous pieces. The colors work Great for Summer as well as Fall. Beautiful work

  10. Love the color.that red and turquoise give the jasper a new dimension...and the dangly earrings!

  11. These designs are very pretty!!! I love the colors you used and they really pop!! Great earrings too!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  12. I LOVE your pink necklace - it's SO FREAKING CUTE! =) Great job!


  13. Black is back and here to stay. I love the simplicity of your designs.

  14. Sweet designs. My fave is your second pair of earrings

  15. You brought almost a carnival feel into those pieces with your color additions. Those really woke up the soothing gray tones.

  16. Wow! The red and pink sure brightened up the stones. Great job!

  17. You and I took similar approaches to the black line jasper, that pop of color really makes the necklace shine. I love what you did with the snowflake obsidian too.

  18. Great job, Carolyn! Adding the red seed beads was a great idea. They add color and "pizzazz" to the pieces. My favorite is the necklace with the diamond drilled squares. Thanks for being in the hop!

  19. Your pieces are lovely - I love the bright pops of color!

  20. Great designs......I love those little pops of color. Really makes your gemstones pop! Great job. Thanks for sharing!