For those that do not know about the Michael's challenge it was started by Lorelei at http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com, she chose beads at Michael's and we were to purchase those beads (if available) add our own pendant, clasp and up to 2 other beads. We were to make a necklace and post it on our blogs today December 17th.
These are the beads Lorelei and her friends Nancy and Dani chose for us to use:
I was able to get all the beads except the mother of pearl and grabbed an almost exact replica gray shell bead. I wish they had the MOP beads at my Michael's, oh well.
I used a clasp from Green Girl Studios, a focal pendant from Nancy Schindler at Round Rabbit Extra.
I added Swarovski Crystal Bicones in 4mm and 6mm and a few seed beads.
I didn't like the chain because it was not baby proof. My 18 month old daughter was able to pull it off without much force. She looks so innocent doesn't she?
So my solution was to double up each link of chain. I treated each link like a jump ring and made a new chain out of the one in the photo above. I love the way the chain looks now and it is stronger too.
I then added the other elements to eye and head pins attaching them to links on the chain. I wanted a double strand look so I strung the pearls and seed beads onto stringing wire and attached that strand to the chain links.
I was definitely challenged by the elements chosen but loved the dark smoky feeling of the colors. I think Nancy's shard pendant was the perfect addition for a pop of color in an otherwise dark NY winter feeling necklace.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, now go and see what the other "players" have made with their Michael's beads.
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