Past blog hops and challenges

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Star Frost Special Challenge reveal

Today is the reveal of Andrew Thornton's Star Frost Special Challenge.  I apologize for the delay.  My computer decided it needed to update some programs and I wasn't able to wait until midnight so that it could happen.

Andrew always makes up the most inspiring bead kits for his challenges.

He selected a crisp, clean palette. The kit features snowy whites, cool silvers, icy blues, wintery grays, and crystalline clears. When thinking of the challenge, he tried to summon up the first weeks of winter, when all is transformed, as if by magic, into a winter wonderland.

Andrew adds a Mystery Component to each challenge. For the Star Frost Challenge, he created a polymer clay pendant using a combination of tinted pigments, Gilder's Paste, nail polish, and acrylic paint to create the finish on this pendant. He thought it was perfectly wintery to compliment the kit.

Above pictures and commentary are taken from Andrew's blog.  The following pictures are ones that I took.  Andrew's descriptions are so much more desciptive than mine.

I didn't get a picture of the full kit so I used Andrew's picture above.  Here is a picture of the beads that I managed to photograph.


I decided that I was going to be making a necklace using the string of white beads and the string of different colored blue beads.  The decision was on how to string them.  Do I use a blue and three white, a blue and three white beads or do I use a blue, three white, a blue, a white, a blue, a white, a blue and three whites?  Decisions, decisions.

I laid the mystery component on top to see how it would look.

So here's my final decision:

I used left over beads to make hoop earrings.  I made these rather full as just using enough beads to have blue ones on either side of the white and blue ones in the center didn't look right to me.

I used another set of beads to make a pair of earrings:

I still have few beads left to add to my stash or Andrew is going to have an after reveal reveal where you show what else you made or what you made but didn't get to post.  I believe this will be towards the end of February but I will let you know.

Be sure to stop by the other participants to see what they made.

Carolyn Lawson  (You are here)
Carole Carlson of Beadsophisticate
Shai Williams
Karin Grosset Grange of Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Ann Schroeder
Tammy Bowman of Inner Muse Jewelry
Alison Herrington
Kari Asbury of Hippie Chick Jewelry Design
Alice Peterson
On Andrew Thornton's blog:
Andrew Thornton, Cheryl Tucker, Mia Nutick, Joanne Goldberg, Lisa Mendum

Please be sure to stop back by on January 24, 2015, for the True Blue Challenge put on by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures and then again on January 29, 2015, for the Desert Sand Challenge put on by Andrew.

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Beautiful designs! I really like the second pair of earrings. Simple but eye catching.

  2. Ok, third time's the charm. I hope I'm not posting multiple times, but I always have trouble if I'm not using my own computer. Anyway - your pieces are lovely! I like the choice you made with the necklace. The hoop earrings are so pretty, but I love the last pair because those opalescent beads are the best!

  3. Great Job! I love the necklace, your decisions were spot on!

  4. Your pieces are lovely, I especially like the earrings!

  5. I love the matched set! The white beads remind me of snowballs and set off the crystals perfectly! The theme coordinates perfectly with the poly clay pendant.