Hello! Welcome to The Ocean Blog Hop Reveal. Several month's ago, Lisa Lodge over at The Greatful Artist announced that she would be hosting an ocean themed blog hop and I had to jump right in. If you know me, you know I love the water and the beach. It is one of the bonuses of living in Florida, so I couldn't wait to participate.
Lisa sent along a great collection of beads and findings to use in my creations. This first picture shows the siam colored crystals, round metal connectors, and star fish charms. In the green bowl is a collection of beads in a multitude of shapes and sizes.
The second photo of what I received shows the crystal rondelles again, along with some pretty yellow barrel beads and two wonderful tangerine colored sea glass pendants.
After spending some time studying all the wonderful beads, I needed to come up with my ocean inspiration. Usually, when you think beach or ocean you think blues or greens. But, I thought more about my experiences and I remembered a trip I took down to the Florida Keys and a snorkeling adventure. There is nothing more beautiful than the life under the water. Aqua colored water, white sand, fish in all sizes and colors, and incredible coral. (remember not to put your foot down!!) I used my memories of that trip as my inspiration for my designs.
|Coral Under the Sea|
I made this bracelet to represent the coral in the ocean. I used the siam colored crystal rondelles for my coral then highlighted them with dark blue crystal rondelles to represent the water. The smaller crystal bicones in blue, light blue, and sea green can represent either water or small fish darting in and out of the coral. If you look closely in the picture, you can see clear glass teardrop beads. Those were part of the mix of beads in the green bowl above. They stick out from the bracelet just like the branches of coral would do from the sea floor.
It is a bit easier to see the clear beads in this photo:
The second piece I made for the blog hop is a fun pair of earrings. I used the sea glass pendants and those fun star fish to make a pair that is just perfect for a summer day.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my designs. I love participating in Lisa's Blog Hops and creating jewelry based on a theme. The next Blog Hop of Lisa's I will be participating in is the Gemstone and Metal one coming in July so make sure to watch for that post as well.
Now it is time to enjoy the rest of the party and hop along to see what the other participants have designed. Please use the list below to see all of the ocean themed pieces.
Ocean Blog Hop May 31st Reveal:
Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
A Few Words from within the Pines You are Here!
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Mary Ann Macri Jacobs, Trucksville Crafts
Jeanne Steck, Gems by Jeanne Marie
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech's Ocean Blog
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
The beautiful cultured seaglass for this hop is from ZnetShows. Check out their awesome selection! ZnetShows Cultured Seaglass