It looks like this was postponed by a week and I didn't get the notice. So if you see this post twice, that is what happened.
One of the shining stars and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet is Andrew Thorton. He owns a bead store/gallery up there in the cold north and loves to encourage people. One of the ways Andrew does so is with his challenges.
Now I just love Andrew's challenges because we all start off with the same components and then the only limitation is our imagination. Those are the yummy beads and findings above. Now per the norm, I forgot to take a picture of the beads before so I borrowed this pic from Andrew's blog, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thorton. Of course,we did receive a couple mystery items.
Now my imagination went almost directly to a bracelet. Nope. Not over that kick. Especially as I have started to wear one a lot. This style is comfortable, I pretty much put it on and then forget that I am wearing it. Most of the beads I used in this came from the goodies I got from Andrew. The orange polymer focal bead I used was the first of those mysteries. I added on the brass ring and clasp as well as the two wooden beads that seems to be custom made for this mix.
Next up was the second part of the mystery items, this wonderful leaf focal. I really wanted to highlight that focal so I went simple with copper, leather and a lampwork bead from Sue Beads. This was the first time I have tried to hammer copper with a glass bead attached so it did involve holding my breath.
Here is a close of up of the focal. This is a perfect necklace to toss on when it is hot though the colors would easily carry it through the fall. The length is also adjustable so it gives you a lot of options on necklines.
I haven't used all the beads yet and you will be the orange polymer making an appearance during another blog hop. Now this is a blog hop and there were several designers that all started out with the same kit. I am sure that you are as curious as I am to find out what their imaginations came up with so be sure to check out what everyone else has come up with,
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Tammy Bowman http://innermusejewelry.blogspot.com/
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com/
Karin Grosset Grange http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Ann Schroeder http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com/
Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/
Andrew Thornton, Alison Herrington, Laurel Ross, Kim Griggs, Deb Floros http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/