January 21, 2011

Lorelei's Fusion Beads Blog Hop

 Here is what I made for the Fusion Beads Blog Hop hosted by Lorelei Eurto!  She picked out several items from the Fusion Beads website and a bunch of designers are making things with those items... Today's blog hop shows all of those wonderful things!
 I chose this challenge because I really liked the colors and there were some things I had never worked with before.  First, the vintage lucite leaves were new to me.  The official blog hop color was out of stock, so I chose a similar color.  I really liked them... so lightweight and such pretty colors and shimmer!  I had also never worked with the teardrop seed bead shape.  I really like the way they string together and form an irregular, organic shape.  I doubled up my strands to exaggerate this effect even more.
Another material I haven't worked with in a while is real leather.  This is really fine quality Greek round leather in an olive green color.  I really like how stiff the leather is to begin with...it held its form when I made the knot and was easy to work with.  I think it will soften up with wear, which will be nice, but I liked the structure it provided in its fresh from the package state.
 
The ingredients also called for some great glass beads which I love and the Green Girl owl toggle (always a favorite).  I added a Green Girl woodland bead from my collection and an amber crackle heart and two round links of my own making.
 
Visit these blogs to see what other designers did with these ingredients:
 
http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com/
http://erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com/
http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.com/
http://beadhappytoday.blogspot.com/
http://thebeaddreamer.com/blog
http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/
http://fryestyle.blogspot.com/
http://www.madmaggiedesigns.blogspot.com/
http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/
http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com/
http://jennibead.blogspot.com/
http://maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com/
http://silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com/
http://lindalandig.wordpress.com/
http://fireflymyst.blogspot.com/
http://www.awishandacloud.blogspot.com/
http://spiritrattles.blogspot.com/
http://formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com/
http://songbeads.blogspot.com/
http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
http://threeredbeads.blogspot.com/
http://christinec3.blogspot.com/


Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful necklace Melanie. I love the way you used all of the materials. And your green crackle heart is stunning.

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  2. Great piece, Melanie! Love the way you incorporated the leather!

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  3. Awesome! I am so happy that you participated! I love the outcome of your design- it has a nice flow to it!

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  4. Great necklace Melanie, love the heart.

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  5. Beautiful design, Melanie, and that crackle heart is fabulous (I'm hoping the ones I ordered from you come in today's mail - woo-hoo!). Great job!

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  6. Melanie, what a gorgeous necklace! I'm not the only one who's loving that heart either...and just as much, do I love those round links too!

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  7. So nice to see your take on this challenge! I have only used those lucite leaves once but was very impressed with the shimmer and the light weight. I have not worked with that leather before. Looks like I will have some cord in my future! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  8. Very pretty! I'm enjoying the "jungle" color scheme. It's nice to see something that conjures thoughts of the tropics at this time of year. :3

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  9. I love the boldness of the design and use of color - gorgeous!

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  10. I also doubled up the drop beads for a fuller texture. Looks cool, huh? I love your heart and the asymetrical use of the leaves.

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  11. Love the addition of the heart pendant! Awesome necklace:)

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  12. Your design is fab and I adore the heart and the links. I haven't worked with most of these materials and loved the seed beads too! I see lots more of those in my future.

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  13. Love the fresh green and the asymmetric design. It all goes so well together. I heart the heart!

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  14. Such a cool design! I love what you did with the leather and your crackle heard pendant is to die for!!

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  15. Very cool design; the asymmetry works perfectly, and I really like how you did a multistrand of the leather. Your beads added just the right touch of color and texture -- beautiful!

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  16. I love seeing how everyone uses the same components so differently in these blog hops!
    Wonderful necklace!

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  17. I love a good asymmetrical design. I also REALLY love your crackle heart, I know where I am going after this LOL...... Jenni

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  18. Love your asymmetrical necklace, the crackled heart is beautiful!

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  19. That focal is perfect - beautiful necklace!

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