Thursday, January 8, 2015

Star Frost Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to the Star Frost Challenge Blog Hop! I hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays and New Year Celebrations. To kick off the New Year, Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery has provided another great opportunity to stretch our minds and create new jewelry and accessories from a mixture of beads and findings. The palette for this challenge is a predominantly monochromatic mix of white, crystal, icy blues and silver.

I have to admit, the holidays were the usual crush of shopping, cooking, wrapping and celebrating, so my offerings for this challenge are rather anemic. I had hoped to get more finished, but not to fear! Andrew is planning a catch-up blog hop for those of us who fell behind on some of the monthly challenges, so I will hopefully have more to show at a later date.

Here are my contributions:

The first design is a necklace using the Mystery Component for a pendant. Andrew makes the Mystery Component himself and they are stamped, polymer clay pendants that embody the spirit of the challenge. The pendant for this challenge was stamped with snowflakes and embellished with silver mica powder and blue glitter.

 I suspended the poly clay pendant from the Irish waxed linen and strung crystals in shades of blue.

My vision for the next design was to capture the essence of a snow angel using Peyote bead weaving. I just kind of 'winged it' with respect to the pattern inlay. The background is crystal seed beads and the inlay is white opaque AB cylinder beads. I used a sequin and small round disc for the angel head. The bracelet strap is a mixture of beads in six strands. You can probably tell that this bracelet is still in the finishing stages as threads are hanging out and not all the strands are connected. Needless to say, it needs a clasp.

You will find more designs and inspiration by visiting these fellow participant's blogs
or on Andrew Thornton's blog:


  1. Great designs! I love the idea of the snow piece - very clever!

  2. Very sweet necklace with the right amount of sparkle! Your beaded bracelet is already beautiful, I love that you mixed weaving with bead stringing for the straps. I'm sure it's going to be gorgeous.

  3. lovely designs! The way you used the blues with the pendant is perfect and the bracelet is a stunner.

  4. Both of your creations are charming! Delightful! I think the necklace is really elegant. The bold colors really POP! And I'm a fan of the tiny seed bead spacers. It gives the effect of laborious knotting. The bracelet is a fantastic work in progress. I think your snow angel is sweet. It almost makes me want to run outside and plop down in the snow... almost! Great job as always! Thanks so much for participating!

  5. The first necklace is beautiful. I love the how you went from dark to light. And the bracelet is lovely.

  6. Great Job! The bead weaving looks amazing!


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