Well, here it is: the reveal for May's Monthly Challenge. Yay!
...This is also a showcase of pretty much all the jewelry I was able to make this month. I didn't want to overdo it, so this was my main May jewelry designing project. Still, I had a lot of fun! And my thumb is healing nicely, so I'm excited to see what all I'm able to do in June. :)
As a refresher, my challenge this month was to make something with these beads, from May's Bargain Bead Box:
There were so many beautiful things! I had a zillion different ideas, but in the end I mainly focused on three main components: the 4mm crystal bicones, the blue glass rounds, and the faceted 6x4 crystal rondelles. As a result, although I made two different sets, everything pretty much matches. Variations on a theme, if you wish.
But, enough of me talking about it. Time for me to show you the jewelry!
The lighting this week has been truly horrible for taking pictures. It's been incredibly rainy, and as such I haven't gotten the best photos of what I made. Still, I didn't want to show up empty handed! Weird lighting aside, I hope you enjoy seeing what I created for this challenge! :)
For this first set, I really wanted to use the flower connectors in addition to the three main components I picked out. The result was a y-shape necklace and long dangly earrings--and dragonfly charms, to go with the theme.
For the second set, I made two pairs of earrings and a necklace. This is the first earring pair:
This is the second pair:
...And here is the necklace that ties both of those elements together:
Yep! I made a tassel!
Granted, it's not one of my full tassels... it has 8 strands instead of my normal 10, and is shorter. In fact, the whole necklace is shorter--hanging at 22 inches, instead of the 28+ inches that my signature tassels usually are. (See, I used restraint! Or something--hah!)
All that being said, however, I love the way that this sparkly shiny necklace is unapologetically bling-y. The colors make it light and almost ephemeral, and the glass itself makes it downright magical. I think the length (of both the necklace and the tassel) matches the beads perfectly... and keeps it sparkly without being too overwhelming.
So, there you go! Those are the pieces that I made for this challenge. And, for fun, here is everything together:
Thanks so, so much for stopping by today to see what I made... I look forward to June, and getting back into the swing of regular blogging!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!