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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Good Earth Challenge reveal

Today is the day for the reveal for Andrew Thornton's Good Earth Challenge.  Each of the participants purchased a bead kit from Andrew that was stuffed with goodies.

Included in the kit is a Luxury Bead Blend that consists of Japanese Miyuki seed beads, Toho seed beads Czech glass. African recycled glass, jasper, agate, gold plated daisy spacers, quartz, Chinese crystal, goldstone, Swarovski crystals, ventage sequins, German glass, vintage Japanese glass, Swarovski crystal pearls.

The kit also features a selection of Japanese hex-cut seed beads, premium Czech glass (both new and vintage), vintage brass rounds, Indian glass, Irish waxed linen, a vintage Hamilton gold bead, artisan ceramic rounds.  (Bead descriptions are from Andrew's blog.)

It also includes the gorgeous mystery components that Andrew made himself.  A set of five faux Moroccan Amber beads made out of polymer clay.  Just my colors.  Love them already.  He included a leaf charm also made of polymer clay.

I loved working with these colors.  Things just sort of flowed together.

First up I used the Irish waxed linen cord, the faux Morocan amber beads and some of the Czech glass beads (if the nuggets aren't Czech glass please let me know so I can correct this) to make a bracelet. I also used the gold star spacers.

Here is another view of the bracelet.  I have left the cord hanging as I am trying to decide whether I want to add dangles.

I next made a necklace using the leaf pendant, Czech and Indian glass beads.  This I strung on wire

Andrew is very generous and I have lots of seed beads left.  I also need to make a couple pairs of earrings to match the bracelet and necklace.

Thanks for stopping by and please visit the other participants at Andrew's blog.


  1. These are bright summery designs, I love how you strung the faux amber beads, the orange really pops. I also like how you used the contrast between the sparkling beads and the more earthy and matte ones in the necklace.

  2. Carolyn, I really like what you did with the leaf pendant.The necklace reminds me of the light filtering through the tree branches in the forest.

  3. I love both the necklace and the bracelet! This color palette was wonderful to work with and you did a great job highlighting the pieces Andrew made. Great job!

  4. Great designs! I stashed my faux amber strand...I just couldn't bring myself to use it right now. But I love what you did with them, really nice combinations. :)

  5. I love what you did with the waxed linen and faux Moroccan poly clay beads! I think it will coordinate nicely with your necklace without being a 'match-y set.' The colors work beautifully together and the leaf pendant pulls everything together with a warm glow. Have fun using the left over seed beads and components for earring sets. So pretty!!!

  6. I love both of your pieces! I agree that the colors in the kit are wonderful. Your use of the mystery components is lovely!

  7. Lovely! I especially like the necklace!

  8. Two lovely pieces! I love the texture and vibrancy of the bracelet! The necklace is so stylish and quite lovely. Thank you so much for participating! Great job as always!

  9. Love both of these! Great beads and great designs!