Sunday, January 15, 2017

Muffin Tin Challenge 2017

I'm super excited that I was able to join in the HumbleBeads Muffin Tin Challenge this year! I found out about it too late to participate last year, so I made sure to keep an eye out for it this time. 

The general idea is that you gather up everything you need for a jewelry project (beads, clasp, findings, etc.), and put them in one of the muffin tin cups. Repeat until all cups are full... and then sit down and create!

These are the projects that I gathered together for my challenge:

...Yes, I was ambitious and picked out 12 of them--only three of which were UFOs (Unfinished Objects). I honestly thought that I was biting off more than I could chew... After all, I have a habit of making things more complicated than they necessarily need to be.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I finished everything! Not only that--I made more than I originally bargained for. And here they all are!

Project #1

The pendant is hand-crafted ceramic (artist unknown, sorry!), which I wanted to pair with Czech glass and clay. My original plan was to knot it on the silk shown above, but the holes on the clay beads were too big. So! Waxed linen it was:

Project #2  

Design-wise, this necklace is pretty simple: lots of wire-wrapped 5mm garnets, with a little mini-tassel. It took an entire evening to finish, though--mostly spent on the couch watching my husband play video games while I worked. What can I say... Muffin tins make projects portable. :)

Project #3

This project was a UFO--I had finished 1/4 of it, and it had been sitting on my table for more than 6 months. I have no idea why I hadn't finished it... it's truly gorgeous in person, and none of the pictures I've taken of it does it justice. It's a mixture of silver glass and smoky quartz.

Project #4

This was actually the last piece that I made for this challenge. My original plan for these components was a simple strung necklace... But, as I started working on it, it began to morph into a tassel necklace. I'm thrilled that I was able to finish it on time! The focal is coral, and it's been paired with pearl, Czech glass, and more coral.

Project #5

For Christmas this year, I made many hand-stamped pendants as presents (but that's for another blog entry!). I made one for myself, too, and decided that I wanted to pair it with iolite. Sadly, my original idea for a necklace didn't quite look right... But that's all right, because I was able to split it into two necklaces instead. I love the way they turned out:

Project #6

And now for something completely different! In one of my muffin tin cups, I had gathered a huge conglomeration of random beads... and, from those beads, I was able to make two necklaces and 4 pairs of matching earrings. Hah! After doing a lot of wire-wrapping, it's always fun to let loose and do something random for a change.

Project #7

I have had that pendant for quite some time... It's lampwork, handmade by Julianna Cannon of Julsbeads, and I love it. I've been having a hard time settling on a design for it, and am very happy with the results. It's paired with dyed cerulean agate and bronze/brown glass.

Project #8

This project was another UFO... And, you might recognize it as the unfinished tassel necklace from my December Monthly Challenge. Here it is, in all of its winter-white-and-silver-bell glory!

Project #9

I've been interested in trying my hand at making my own leather-lace tassels, and this project seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. I had gathered up an agate focal and paired it with a mix of random blue beads leftover from some of my other projects, and decided that a tassel was exactly what I needed to finish the look. The leather used in the tassel is the same as the leather entwined with the wire-wrapped beads. 

Project #10

The focal for this project is very special... Hand-made ceramic from Mexico, and over 50 years old. When I saw it, I fell in love with the quirky owl. As you can see from the picture above, I was having a hard time deciding whether to knot it on waxed linen, or use wire-wrapped links... And, in the end, I decided to go with both. The ceramic is paired with quartz, clay, and Russian serpentine.


Project #11

This project was the third of the UFOs. Long-time followers of my blog might recognize it from this blog entry--from last year! I had made the tassel, but had never gotten around to making the actual necklace part of it. So, guess what I did! ...Yep, I made the actual necklace part of it. This lovely tassel can now be worn. The focal is by Carol Christensen-Day of GlassyFields, and is paired with: pearl, rose quartz, vintage acrylic, and glass.

Project #12

...And, last but not least, here is my final project. It's a rainbow hemalyke crystal pendant paired with matching rainbow-sheen glass. I love the fact that it looks either pink or green depending on which way you look at it.

So, there you go! Those are the pieces that I made for this Muffin Tin Challenge. Here are all of the pieces, shown in their respective cups:

I am so happy that I was actually able to finish these pieces, ambitious as they were. It also feels good to actually finish some of the projects that I've been putting off for quite some time... I may need to do this again, to clear off more of the planned projects I have sitting on my crafting table!

Thanks to Heather over at Humblebeads for hosting this challenge... Please stop by her blog to see what everyone else made. And, as always, thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share my jewelry-making adventures with you.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


  1. WOW! I love all those tassels, especially the beaded ones :) And the owl necklace is very earthy! Love it!

  2. OMG! I knew this challenge was inspiring but you really made miracles! I love your fantastic tassels and that owl pendant is so beautiful!

  3. Wow, I am so impressed with not only the beautiful projects you finished but how many as well! Great work. That ceramic owl pendant is so special!

  4. Wow, you out did yourself! Very impressive! Esp. liked the tassels and that owl pendant!

  5. Wow! Everything is so beautiful! And your tassels are incredible!

  6. Impressive amount and well done! My favorite is project 1. I love the calming colors.

  7. Incredible - I love all your tassels and fringes!

  8. Wow! Such amazing work! I can't believe you got all that done in the allotted time! Wish I was that motivated! :)

  9. I agree with everyone else. Those tassels and fringes are fabulous. What a productive challenge for you!

  10. Holy smokes you got a ton accomplished! They are all so different and stunning in their own way. I adore that little Mexican owl and would have been stumped as to what to do with him. I think my favorite of the bunch though would have to be the mixed bead necklace with the turquoise tassel. It speaks to me :) Wonderful work!!

  11. Wow! You were a busy girl! Way to go! You clearly have far more patience with wrapped loops than I do... I applaud you for that. :) You ended up with some really great pieces but my absolute favorite is project #3. Glad you finished that UFO... it's awesome!

  12. Wow... I love your Art. I am absolutely dying to try my hand at one of those scrumptious tassels. I LOVE tassels... and dang girl those are spectacular !!!! I played along with the Muffin Tin Challenge on FB and I also just got one of the Allegory Gallery kits. Can't wait !!


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