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Friday, December 17, 2010

Michael's Challenge Big Reveal

Welcome to another Michael's Challenge.
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.

 http://blog.elysianstudiosart.com/

http://threeredbeads.blogspot.com/

http://starcitystory.blogspot.com/

http://erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com/

http://www.thistlefarmarts.blogspot.com/

http://therabbitmuse.blogspot.com/

http://lindalandig.wordpress.com/

http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/

http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/

http://jenjuddrocks.blogspot.com/

http://formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com/   <--------You Are Here!

http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com/

http://deborahmpurdy.blogspot.com/

http://beadhappytoday.blogspot.com/

http://pinkicejewels.blogspot.com/

http://craftyhope.blogspot.com/

http://gr8findings.wordpress.com/

http://tropicbeads.blogspot.com/

http://melissaruth.com/blog/

http://maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com/

http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com/

24 comments:

Linda Landig said...

I love how you doubled up the chain-pure genius! The dangles look wonderful too. Wonderful work!

Nicki said...

This is such a cool idea with the chain. Would probably work with my 15 month old too (although she does not really pull on necklaces, she prefers to stick them into my mouth.....)
A really really nice piece.

Courtney said...

I love the doubled chain and that blue shard pendant is perfect, perfect!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Ooooh love your interpretation with the beads. That blue pendant was the PERFECT addition!

steufel said...

Awesome!

Kristi Bowman said...

I love that sturdy chain and I don't even need child proofing!! I tried to do multiple strands and you made it work, LOVE the vivid blud pendant. Really great necklace!

Round Rabbit said...

Great job, Shannon! I love what you did with the chain - how innovative! And I am thrilled that you used my pendant! It has a wonderful home! :)

Diana P. said...

I love the necklace! I really like how the focal just pops!

CraftyHope said...

VERY cool! I love how doubling the links like that give the chain so much more prominence. That's why I'm loving these challenges, there's so much to learn from each of you. Thank you!

Holly said...

Now that idea of doubling the chain into those links was simply inspirational! What a great idea. You know how I love Nancy's shards, what a great addition to this necklace *that* was! It does indeed make the whole piece pop...Lovely, just lovely!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Hahaha those little ones and their grips of steel !!! I didn't wear jewelry for a loooooong time when my guys were little - great idea with the double chain - that focal is fantastic! I also used a Green Girls piece.

TesoriTrovati said...

I just love that you made this practical for yourself! That blue pendant from Nancy is particularly lovely. Thanks for sharing. It is always fun to hop around and see how inspiring others are!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Erin said...

Oh, this is an awesome piece! Beautiful! Love the doubled thick chain!

Kylie Parry Studios said...

really pretty!

Cynthia said...

I love how you doubled the chain up! I would have probably just used a different chain, or given up. Your ideas and efforts really paid off - stunning!

Lisa Godfrey said...

Such a beautiful necklace! I love what you did with the chain (that must have taken forever!). The pendant just pops and looks so pretty with all the fringy beads surrounding it! Beautiful and childproof! :-)

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

The chain is lovely, and I can't imagine how long that must have taken! All of your work is really gorgeous- Merry Christmas!

SummersStudio said...

Shannon, I love what you did with the chain. Not only is stronger I like it better. The pop of blue is perfect for this wintry necklace.

Serena Trent said...

I love the fact that you doubled the chain. I too was thinking of doing that! Great minds...you know think alike. I like the fringe effect as well. Awesome Job!

Deborah said...

Lovely! What a great idea to double the chain!

rosebud101 said...

I am so excited to see your necklace. It truly is sturdy, and it looks great! Wonderful job!

Judy said...

Wow! Such a great piece...more of a statement piece and I bet it will look stunning on! Great job!

gr8findings said...

Beautiful! I am in awe of your great idea for dealing with a difficult chain situation, too ... Nice work!

Kristen said...

Oh you made a beautiful piece and thanks for the chain info I may use that later when I try something like this.