Friday, July 24, 2009

Rings 'N Things Beady Playtime - July Version

This month's selection of "play-with-me" products from Rings 'N Things was an interesting mixture. I was originally going to do a bead-woven and fringed piece using the baggie of "bead soup" they sent, but given my schedule lately, I'd probably still be working on it next year so I decided to keep it simple.

I picked the copper bail to start with (it's at the top of the pic - next to Russ):

And turned it into this necklace while the Russ troll bead looked on:

Well, of course, after a false start where I had the light green pearls too close to the center pendant and had to move them.

Here's a closeup of the necklace center:

And a closeup of the bail:

And here's what the back looks like:

I glued it to this green stone (aventurine, I think) cab that was in my stash.
I've got a second project started using the circular link component, but I wanted to at least get 1 thing blogged before the month is over which is...yikes! week!
Some of the rest of the items are going to find their way into the 2nd and 3rd place prize winners packages which are, fingers crossed, going to mail out this weekend (or at least by Monday) if it's the last thing I do!
And of course, Friday is bead picture day:

Found these lovely, soft green disks at Blue Seraphim on Etsy. The color is so soothing!

And this set of ruffle disks matches perfectly. It's the wrong time of year, but I'm suddenly hankering for Easter candy :-)

I went completely the other direction in purchasing these oxidized sterling silver disks from Atlantis Glass & Bead. This set came drilled with holes, but they also sell them without holes.

Of course, little miss "matchy-matchy" had to get the matching clasp to go with them. Plus, I just thought it was cool-looking. I wish I could get to the point where I make my own clasps like this, but wirework is just not my thing. Have tried it and frankly, if there were a school for wireworkers...I'd arrive on the short bus.

Back to feminine with this porcelain heart from Round Rabbit on Etsy.

More hearts - because they are just too cute!

And lastly, this very cool blue ring which, I think, might look amazing with some of that copper chain I've been working with...hmmm...

Also - shout out to my fellow "pants-ers" - you rock, ladies! The rest of you rock, too, I had just had to "plan" what I was going to say to you and it took longer.

That's it for today and hope everyone has a great weekend.



sharon said...

Love your necklace, so green and warm, and those green disks, green, green, green!!!! I would kill for the oxidized links! Show us more!!!

Lisa said...

GREAT necklace!! I am feeling inspired!! :)

Dave Robertson said...

Great combination of copper with green in your necklace; it shows off those pearls so well...and I bet you're right that the blue will go with copper too!