Sunday, August 3, 2014

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Design Challenge Reveal

Welcome to double reveal weekend! If you are looking for the Summer Carnival Blog Hop, it is the post below this one.   

One of the nicest people I have met in the jewelry design world is Rita from Toltec Jewels.  She is so caring and helpful and a genuine sweetheart.   Rita goes out of her way to make her design challenges fun for everyone.   Thanks for that Rita!   When she announced this design challenge I couldn't wait to join in.  The pretty little beads made by SueBeads were just so cute I couldn't wait to participate!

See how cute it is???  This sweet forest green little bead was right up this girl's alley.  When it came time to design my piece, I really focused on the size of the bead.   Since the chicklet is small,  and it was very very important to me that the bead not get lost in my work, I decided that I would make a delicate design.

Forest Nymph

My chicklet is the star of the show, and it has lots of glitter and shine to go with it.  The lighting when I took the picture was a little strange.  Thank the Florida summer weather when it is bright sunny  one second and stormy and dark the next.   But,  next to the focal bead are crystal rondelles in a citrine color.  That light yellow crystals work really well with the green.  The spacers have a hint of green in the crystals as well.  Finally,  I used Czech glass beads in ruby and yellow with a Picasso finish.  

I am really very much in love with this delicate piece.

And, as an added bonus, I made a little pair of earrings to go with the necklace.  I just can't keep from making earrings!

Thank you again Rita and Sue!  This was such a fun challenge and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone else's designs.  Please click on the links below to visit the other artists participating.

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                                (you are here)

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                              

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  1. Your necklace really is beautiful. Going delicate the feature the chicklet was a great idea, and I love the other colors you chose.

  2. Nice color combo! I never would have thought that those colors would look good together, but they do. Your description of Florida weather fits this perfectly.

  3. Your necklace design is lovely. Great colors for the chicklet. And I know how you feel about making earrings. I'd make them all day if I could. They're so much fun.

  4. So cute!! All that color!

  5. Very nice simple design. I had to look carefully but then i saw the green beads seem to have miniature chicklets in them. Very subtle use of color

  6. lovely, lovely design! what a great idea to create a necklace bar with that sweet chicklet as the star

  7. How beautiful! Forest Nymph is just the right title! I love the colors and they make the green pop. And the earrings are soooo cute! Excellent job!

  8. Beautiful necklace and earrings, that chicklet loves being centre stage with those gorgeous crystals!

  9. I see what you did there...those colors perfectly match the ferris wheel in the Carnival blog button. Cute!

  10. It is so exciting to see what everyone has done! Lovely necklace & earring set! You highlighted the chicklet JUST RIGHT! :)

  11. Beautiful♥ well balanced design... with a great use of colours. It all comes together (-: ♥♥♥ earrings too!

  12. Lovely! your additional beads are just the right colors to really highlight your chicklet. Beautiful work!

  13. What a delicate little beauty. I bet that it is perfect to wear during the hot, muggy Florida summers too.

  14. What a pretty set. I really like the colors you used in this.

  15. That will be a fun necklace and earring set to wear. Nicely done!

  16. I'm with you, that delicate design is just perfect for this bead. And yes, I'm jealous of your pretty earrings! I'm a bit earring challenged...

  17. How ADORABLE! I love the little sparkles you added - with such a dark color, it def needs that! Great job!

    Linda A.

  18. I think you make a great point about proportion, and I really like the beads you chose for your necklace! And earrings, I tend to be the same way! Always room for one more pair of earrings! :-)

  19. Oooh! I love how delicate it looks and the colors remind me of Indian Summer turning into Autumn! Great job!

  20. Pretty necklace - the earrings complement it very nicely.

  21. Your necklace is so pretty. I like it a lot!!

  22. Sweet! It turned out so cute :)

  23. Beautiful necklace! I love your colour combo. It really showcases the green chicklet so well.

  24. You really have a great pop of color with your chicklet necklace. This can be worn year round.

  25. I love your delicate, beautiful piece too! I have a new challenge to myself this year to create delicate, smaller scale jewelry that is more like the fine jewelry my family wore for years. It isn't easy to do! But when it is a success, oh what gorgeous jewelry & indeed your necklace is a wonderful, lovely success! I'm in love -- a star of the show. Beautiful colorways, elements, design. Bravo Marybeth!
    Thank YOU so much for sharing your gifts!
    xxoo Rita

  26. What a great everyday necklace. It's very earthy and down to work.

  27. Perfectly balanced pieces both individually and as a set. I applaud your efforts to keep the chicklet the focal point of the piece despite its size. The dashes of red are striking and unexpected lending a sense of strength to a very delicate work of art. Really nice work Marybeth!

  28. Hi Marybeth, Your designs are great. I like the beads that you chose to put with your chicklet. They show it off really well without overwhelming it.


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