Past blog hops and challenges

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael's Beading Challenge Blog Hop reveal

Heather Powers of Humbleads and Lorelei Eurto of Lorelei's Blog are co-hosting a blog hop using Michael's Bead Gallery beads.  Heather saw that the beads were on sale for 40% off and picked out the beads pictured below.  Picture from Heather's blog.

In the order they are pictured from top to bottom: 

Round Cut Horn Beads
Aqua 9.5 x 10mm Table Cut Glass
Purple Glass Round 6mm
Green Ceramic 12mm Round
Aqua Opaque Table Cut Glass
Bone Amber Rectangle 12 x 20mm
Reconstituted Turquoise White Rondel

When Heather called this a challenge, she meant it.  I would never have selected these beads to go together but that is what a challenge is.  My friend Evelyn and I decided to split the beads between us to see what we could come up with.  The only thing that we came close to making the same were the earrings.  You can see her creation here.

I had a vague idea of what I wanted to make and just laid it out.  I used the rondels as spacers, the amber rectangles as the focals beads, and the purple glass beads as an accent on either side of the amber rectangles.  I then alternated the green ceramic, the cut horn beads, and the aqua opaque beads up the sides of the necklace.

Below is a picture of the complete set to include earrings.

The earrings.  Just nice simple ones.

 We will using the Linkz up tool on Heather's blog so be sure to visit to see the other participants:  Humblebeads

Thanks for visiting and come back tomorrow as a I will be revealing what I made for Andrew Thornton's Good Earth Challenge.

Also be sure to come back on Saturday, July 19th for the reveal of Lisa Lodge's Gemstones and Metal blog hop.



  1. Adorable pieces! I agree was a challenge..I may not have bought this assortment of beads. How funny that Evelyn and your earrings were the only thing that came close to being similar. So glad you played along.

  2. What a pretty set! I know, I would have never picked out these beads either!

  3. I wouldn't normally put these colors together, either! Your designs turned out very pretty.

  4. Beautiful set! I hope you had a fun time and happy hopping today!!

  5. Great design! I love how you brought everything together in your necklace. So glad you decided to participate. You did a great job with the color palette. :)

  6. I had a hard time putting the beads together also. I ended up splitting them into two groups. :) I love your finished necklace and earrings, though. You made the beads play so well together!

  7. I love seeing how the same beads in different hands becomes something completely new and fresh! I was sort of stumped by those rectangle carved beads. Love your set! Enjoy the day. Erin

  8. Very pretty - you did a great job mixing the challenge beads into a nice, balanced piece.

  9. Very nice layout, these beads really lean towards an organic feel and you did a fabulous job.

  10. Great Job! Really lovely necklace set! I love Evelyn's use of the blue table cut beads!