Thursday, June 18, 2015

"Splendid Procession" Blog Hop Challenge

Come one! Come all! You have joined in the Allegory Gallery "Splendid Procession" Blog Hop Challenge!! Andrew Thornton has assembled a beautiful design kit using the rich colors of the gemstone Tourmaline. Tourmaline is one of my favorites, right up there with Labradorite, and is known as the "Gemstone of the Rainbow" due to its array of colors.

My personal favorite is "Watermelon Tourmaline," so named for obvious reasons.

The bead kit for this challenge contained an eye-catching mix of seed beads, Czech/German glass, tourmaline gemstone chips, Irish waxed linen and large, Lucite flower.
The mystery component, created by Andrew himself, was a lovely butterfly wing made from polymer clay.
Here are my design contributions for this month's challenge using the alluring components that Andrew assembled! First, I made a necklace using the Lucite flower as a focal combined with the leafy Czech glass beads. I envisioned one of the flowers in my backyard for my inspiration, the tropical Hibiscus.

Next, I used the delicate butterfly wing as a focal in an organic necklace embellished with pressed glass leaf and Swarovski bicone dangles. The tourmaline gemstone chips composed part of the chain.

Finally, I made a triad of complementary earrings to mix and match with the necklaces.

That is all I have for the this blog hop...but wait! There's more!!!! Please visit the blogs of the other blog hop participants and show some love or visit Andrew Thornton's blog " The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton." And stay tuned to this same bat channel for the next installment of the Allegory Gallery Blog Hop Challenge.
The following participants' contributions can be found on Andrew's blog:
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Happy travels!