Sunday, January 15, 2012

The snowflakes are here!

Well, this blog hop has been interesting for me.  I had tons of ideas, made trial components, a snowdrift, tons of beady snowflakes, only to tear them apart and start again.  By last Monday, I began to worry that I'd never get it together.  So I just sat down and broke down my problems, and I realized that I was trying to make the simple six-sided beauty of snowflakes into something ridiculously complicated.  Then it all came together.  I wanted a simple, symmetrical design with the softness of the beads and the icy coldness of wire, jump rings and handmade chain.  I hope you all enjoy it and am seriously excited to see what everyone else has come up with.  Another fun challenge!  Thanks, again to Michelle Mach and to all of you wonderful artists who make up the beady blogosphere.




Here are the other participants' links!  Enjoy!  If there is no blog link listed next to a person's name, check Michelle's Beads & Books. Participants without blogs will be posting their photos on her blog.

20 comments:

Michelle said...

Lovely design!

Therese said...

This is an incredible piece! I love the combination of beads and metal. Perfection!

DW said...

Beautiful!

Michelle Mach said...

It can be so easy to overcomplicate things. Sometimes it is hard to step back and simplify.

I like the lacy look of your design! I have a little tin full of little beadwoven components that I've made as samples for projects. Your design makes me realize that I could actually use them for real jewelry, instead of just tucking them away. :)

Thanks for joining the challenge!

Donetta said...

I love your design!

Chris said...

I love how you incorporated the little bits of beadwork! This is very much my style. :)

ccrider2006 said...

Love your design - very effective and simple with a great combination of the metal and the beads.

Lisa Crone said...

Ooh, the stars are GREAT! :)

Cynthia said...

Well, however you struggled, it does not show in the finished piece - it's absolutely perfect!

dundeegirl2 said...

Oh Cool! I love the mix of the beads and the jumprings! Good job at making changes until you arrived at this one...and then stopping. I like the long dangles as well. - Dawn

Kay said...

Beautiful beadwork!

The Crazier Sister said...

Lovely. I like your use of seed beads. Very nice collar necklace.

moonlitfantaseas said...

what a beautiful necklace!

Alice said...

A stunning piece! I love that you used simple components to make a wonderful design. I can't imagine the work that went into this.

Mellisa said...

Wow, you definitely achieved your goal! So pretty :)

Lisa Cone - Inspired Adornments said...

What a pretty design! I love the overall look of it. The little hanging stars make it very festive.

Therese's Treasures said...

Shannon, Your necklace turned out beautiful. I love the jump ring chain you made and all of the little beaded motifs, they just all come together in your piece beautifully.
Therese

Millie @ ammjewelry said...

Breath taking! Perfect for a winter ball...

JenniferJW said...

Ohhhh . . very pretty! I love it.

crystal said...

Wow! Your necklace is simply magical!

If you would consider another challenge (in which you choose the beads), I am currently having a Valentine Challenge on my blog. Hope you'll stop by and check out the details:

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18244

Warmest wishes,
Crystal :-)