Aug 3, 2014

Choosy Chics Choose Chicklets Blog Hop

I about swooned when one of friends, Rita of Jewel School Friends, announced that she was going to host a blog hop featuring Chicklet Beads from Sue Beads.  If you recall, I had the pleasure of working with these wonderful beads when I participated in a blog hop hosted by Art Jewelry Elements back in May.  Just click here to check out the fun necklace I made then.

Anyways, I signed up just as soon as I saw the call for this blog hop because I wanted to get some more of these delightful beads and make a bracelet this time around.  So I asked Sue to make me some up and let her choose the colors.  And that is just what I did.

But what came first was this necklace.  I playing around with some patina and ended up with triangle with a deep sapphire/aqua color to it that I adored but it needed something more to really make it a stand out focal.  And wouldn't you know, that I had a Chicklet of just the color ordered.  It's almost like Sue had a crystal ball. 

I added in some crystal, brass and gorgeous apatite which I think is one of my new favorite stones.  I knotted it all up on some Irish waxed linen.  I have gotten a lot of nice compliments on this necklace and Rita is so right.  Choosy chics do choose chicklets.

Let's not forget the bracelet however.  After all, that is why I joined this hop.  This time around, I made the focal using one of Sue's chicklets and a couple of polymer beads made by Andrew Thorton.  Don't they look like they were made for each other?

I also added some Czech beads, crystal, ceramic and seed beads to the mix and knotted it all up on Irish waxed linen.  The clasp is a fun one of aged brass.  The colors are perfect for this coming autumn.  I have worn this bracelet for a day and can attest to how comfortable it really is.  If interested in purchasing just click here.

I still have a few chicklets left so I am sure that you will be seeing them make an appearance here and there.  I do want to thank both Rita and Sue for giving me a reason to pick up more of these delightful beads.  (And yes, Sue has some left and does take special orders.)  This has to be one of the funniest hops that I have joined in a while.  You know...great beads and great company...

Now speaking of great company... be sure to check out what everyone else has made with their chicklets.

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:                               SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
                                                               Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy's website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads                                SueBeads


Toltec Jewels                                 


Linda Anderson                             

Jennifer Reno                                 

Shirley Moore                                

Kristen Stevens                              

Marybeth Rich                               

Jael Thorp                                      

Melissa Trudinger                           

Andrea Glick                                  

Nan Smith                                      

Blanca Medina                               

Shai Williams                                  

Carolyn Lawson                             

Rana Wilson                                   

Robin Reed                                    

Robin Showstack                           

Sheila Prosterman                           

Karla Morgan                                

Kari Asbury                                   

Kelly Rodgers                                

Jayne Capps                                  

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi          

Heather Richter                             

Chris Eisenberg                             

Kathleen Breeding                         

Linda Landig                                 

Crystal Thain                                 

Cheri Reed                                    

Heather d-Entremont                     

Dini Bruinsma                                

Lori Schneider                               

Tammy Adams                              

Melinda Orr                                  

Lennis Carrier                               

Cynthia Machata                           

Elizabeth Hodges                          

Debbie Rasmussen                        

Tanya McGuire                             

Charlie Jacka                                

Ev Shelby                                     

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson              

Jasvanti Patel                              


  1. Love the necklace - and how the chicklet is front and center in your focal. But the that is an awesome design! And yes, Andrew's beads match perfectly to Sue's lampwork. Beautiful!

  2. Your bracelet is gorgeous. I love the colors and design!

  3. Gorgeous designs, Shai... love the dramatic touches of brass :)

  4. Such beautiful designs. I am in love with the electric blues in your necklace. Fabulous.

  5. Hi Shaiha,
    The necklace is gorgeous I love all the different shades of blue and the brass is a great supporter of the blue. The bracelet is beautiful and a perfect fall piece.

  6. The blue necklace is great. Again the chicklet color was a great point to take off from. As for the orange ,bracelet, I think I know where my poor lost orange chicklet went now. Off to join its cousins in the orange chicklet bracelet

  7. Looks like we got very similar colors of chicklets! what a wonderful design you did to bring out the richness of your orange bead! very pretty

  8. Beautiful. Of course I love the bracelet.

  9. That necklace is really eye catching; the color pops and the geometric patterns in the beads and pendant draw you in.

  10. I love your pieces! The bracelet chicklet goes so well with Andrew's faux amber. Beautiful!

  11. Great pieces Shaia! Each design is perfect color and style for the chicklet you used and you are so's like Andrew's beads were made to go with that chicklet! :)

  12. Beautiful♥ creations 'around' such a little bead. I admire what you designed... Great, great pieces!

  13. Both of your designs are so stunning! I love that deep aqua necklace, and you did a great job with your triangular metal focal! Between the colors and your metal beads and focal, a very watery feeling emerges. It's wonderful!

    I'm also all impressed with your bracelet. I keep trying but never feel like bracelets are my strong suit. I love yours! ~Sharyl

  14. What pretty pieces - love what you did with both colors.

  15. Gorgeous, strong, bold designs!

  16. Wow, both so different but equally gorgeous. The blue chicklet really does pop that beautiful focal, so so pretty! Now that bracelet is absolutely stunning, perfect design, just gorgeous!

  17. Your pieces are all so luscious! The blue necklace, though... awesome. I love blue!!

  18. Both lovely, but that bracelet is just divine. I love the design, and the colors are similar to what I chose as well. Great work!

  19. GREAT job! Such a cute bracelet and you're right - the beads DO look like they were made for each other! Beautiful pieces!

    Linda A.

  20. I love the intensity of the blues in your necklace, but I must say that at heart I am an autumn girl and I would wear that bracelet all the time! So pretty!

  21. I love both your necklaces. The colour in the first one is stunning and the asymmetry in the second is perfect. I love that soft peach colour and you showcased it wonderfully.

  22. Love the necklace. Your focal is awesome w/it's cool patina. That bracelet is so pretty - lovely colors and textures.

  23. Both your necklace and bracelet are stunning. Great use of design elements and colour.

  24. Sorry if this posts twice - my comments seem to be disappearing. I just love your pendant - great patina. The entire necklace is just super! And that bracelet - LOVE it! The various colors and textures really make it stunning. Great use of the 'chicklets' in both pieces!

  25. I love it! The colors of all the beads especially the polymer look like they were made for each other! Great job!

  26. Love all the blues in the necklace!! I really like all the different shapes and colors in the bracelet. It will go with so many outfits.

  27. The blue necklace reminds me of the ocean(vacation :) ).
    Both pieces are gorgeous!!

  28. Your designs are very unique...Good matching of the colors...My favorite is the bracelet...

  29. I love both pieces, your designs are always so unique and pretty.

  30. Those pieces are beautiful. They can be worn on different occasions or at the same time.

  31. Oh I love this. I need to figure out how to use wax linen cord more in my designs. Beautiful design.

  32. Absolutley stunning! Wow! Your midnight blue & brass piece knocks my socks off. Gorgeous, completely awe inspiring. I love the apatite too -- and every other element you added! Your bracelet is beautiful & so perfect for fall. Andrew's art beads & sue's lampwork look incredible together. And you balanced them so brilliantly with the Czech, crystal ceramics & pearls too? WOW! You outdid yourself. The most beautiful jewelry!! Star & star of the show! Bravo! Thank you so much for a fun (I giggled) & lovely post, and for sharing your gifts with us. xxoo Rita

  33. Your creations are beautiful! I love the focal you made for the blue necklace. The chicklet looks like the "eye" of the pyramid! So cool! The autumn bracelet looks fun to wear & I love the wax linen. It's inspired me to give it another shot as it isn't really my favorite material to work with. But I love this bracelet! Thanks for the inspirations! :)


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