Saturday, November 15, 2014

Clay and Metal Blog Hop Reveal

Hello!  And welcome to the reveal post for Lisa Lodge's Clay and Metal Blog Hop Reveal.  Lisa, hosts some of the most creative hops and this time we were given the chance to work with Sharyl McMillian-Nelson's work from her Metapolie's collection!  Make sure to check out Lisa's Blog and Sharyl's shop.  

Several month's ago,  I received a great package in the mail of wonderful pieces to work with on this hop.  The leaf focal is clay and is this wonderful combination of purple and orange.   Also in the kit were two metal components that have a great wave pattern and the palette of colors include orange, green, blue, Wedgwood blue, pink, red and sand.  Also, in the kit was a nice selection of clear crystal rondelles that were a delight to receive.  

While planning my design, the biggest challenge I kept coming back to was a good one.   Do I use the metal components as connectors in the necklace or as earring connectors as Sharyl labels them in her shop?  Either way, they worked in great pieces of jewelry, but in the end I decided that I wanted to make more than one piece of jewelry for the hop so I chose to use them in a pair of earrings.

I loved the color combination in the metal components and I really wanted to continue to use a range of colors in my design.  So I matched the metal pieces with lovely little rainbow colored lampwork glass by Nancy Sinclair.  I also used two of the clear crystal rondelles that were in the kit, and from my stash I chose daisy spacers and tiny little Swarovski amethyst ab crystal bicones to tie the color all together.

The leaf pendant made itself at home on a necklace that is one of the most festive, alive pieces I have every created.

Coming together on the necklace are Sharyl's pendant, several of the clear crystals from the kit, pink and magenta lampwork glass beads, hand made paper beads (made by me), fuchsia crystal spacer beads, and Swarovski amethyst crystals and more wonderful lampwork; some clear with rainbows inside and some darker purple ones.   

I love how all the beads come together.  Each one of them is so different, but when I laid them out, the combination of colors and shapes just made such a beautiful piece.   I think it would look great either with a casual outfit or for that special occasion.  

I had such a wonderful time working with these pieces and challenging myself with new color combinations and bead styles.  Thank you again, Lisa and Sharyl for the great opportunity!

Please make sure to stop by the other participants and see what they created:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Marybeth Rich, A Few Words from within the Pines ( You are here)
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
LeAnne Loftus, First Impression Design
Leithleach Seodra, Alainn Jewelry

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  1. Fantastic, colorful pieces! I really love the earrings. The necklace came together beautifully with all bead combinations you chose for it.

  2. Oh I so love this bright combination of colors, you created great happy pieces to brighten any day.

  3. Marybeth, I'm just in awe of what you created from these humble components! You infused them with color and style and they look so "right" amid the other items in your fantastic designs!

  4. Your designs are wonderful! I love the happy colors in the components you got - those metal ones make me swoon - and you continued that theme in such a wonderful way. I love the lampwork you used with the earrings and your own paper beads in the necklace are perfect!

  5. Love how you used the beautiful components. You have a good eye for picking out other beads to go with them. Beautiful jewelry.

  6. The necklace had such such a festive mardi-gra look to it

  7. Hi Marybeth, Your designs are beautiful. You chose the perfect components to accent Sharyl's pieces. The bright colors really caught my eye.

  8. Your creations breathe light and happiness !
    A wonderful infusion of sparkle and hints of each color.
    Well done !

  9. What a great set! I just love those earrings. The lampwork looks like it was made to go with Sharyl's metal.

  10. WOW! I am in love with your necklace and earrings, Marybeth. So bright and cheery, and creative. All the beads "play nicely" together. Thanks for being in the hop!

  11. Wonderfully bright and vibrant designs! Love how well you matched up the beads in the earrings.

  12. How wonderful your paper beads look with Sharyl's pendant. It is a lovely piece

  13. Love the vibrant colours in your components. Your finished pieces are fantastic!

  14. Beautiful pieces, I can't believe how well those lampwork beads match the metal connectors in the earrings. I love your necklace too, such happy colors.

  15. Beautiful! I so love the necklace...the colors just seem to sing together so well! Excellent job!

  16. These are beautiful pieces! The focal from Sharyl has a neat retro feel to it and your color choices for the necklace are so much fun. This piece will bring a smile to the wearer and everyone who see it! I am loving your earrings, too..I can see them worn all year long!

  17. Marybeth - You did such a great job of matching the lampwork glass to Sharyl's metal...I thought they'd been made by the same person! I can't decide if there's a best of the two - the earrings or the necklace - because they're both so fabulous! Just love the colorfulness of them both! ~Susan Anderson


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