And that means that it's time for the reveal of my February Challenge! Hurray!
As a reminder, my self-appointed task was to create as many items out of this box of beads as I could:
|There are a few more compartments not seen here, but rest assured... it's all the same type of beads.|
And here is (most of) what I made!
So many things!
And now, instead of just tantalizing you, here's a look at the individual items. There are 14 of them overall--8 necklaces, and 6 pairs of earrings. And for no real reason, I'm going to present them in the reverse order that I made them. So, first up...
This necklace is made of all of the really dark beads from the box... Mostly black, with occasional dark blue, purple, or grey.
I actually remade this necklace three times. Above, you see me converting it from the second version to the third version; I was having trouble getting it to lay right when worn. (I was trying to do something that was not wire-wrapping, but apparently that wasn't meant to be!)
Here's what the final one looks like, as well as the asymmetrical earrings I made to match it.
For this set, I challenged myself to use the colors that I had originally overlooked: the clears, the whites, and the pinks. The end result is quite lovely! (Although it really doesn't look good on me. I guess it's too close to my skintone... Ah well!)
...Now, the next three sets are almost companion pieces... Each necklace is a different length, meaning that they can be worn together or separate.
Splash of Summer
And now for some color! This was the second set that I made--and it is bright and bold and wonderful. And long enough to be wrapped around my neck three times and still drape well. I actually want to get more of those beads, just so I can make more... so much color can be addicting!
And now, for the first piece that I made... And it's not wire-wrapped!
When I first looked at that box of brightly colored beads, this was actually the first idea that I had: to make a long strand necklace using crochet and a random assortment of beads. And here is the end result!
|That focal is a handmade polymer clay bead. I am honestly not sure of the artist.|
...I think it would have worked a bit better on different thread with a different size crochet hook, but still! I'm pleased.
And, once again, here is everything together!
|All but the first necklace! Because wire-wrapping is fun. :)|
So, ta-da! That is what I made this month, using that box of beads.
...And now, I want to go get another big colorful glass mix, so that I can make more! Because whenever I try to use up my stash, it always gives me the desire to get more so that I can make more! Such is the plight of the artist, I suppose. ;)
Thank you so much for stopping by to see what I made... I hope everyone has a wonderful end of February!