Welcome to the Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Design Challenge & Blog Hop, hosted by Toltec Jewels and featuring lampwork beads by Sue Beads. Each participant was sent one “Chicklet” bead to incorporate into a jewelry design.
We were also allowed to purchase additional Chicklets if we wanted. And why wouldn’t we? They’re awesome. The beads come in a wonderful assortment of colors, with little flowers stamped on both sides. No one knew what color they would get – all part of the challenge and the fun of this hop.
I am a natural-born worrier and have had too many lost packages to put complete faith in the system. So, weeks before our beads were mailed, I went to Sue Bead’s Etsy shop to look for a “just in case” bead. As in, just in case my actual bead got lost. It was difficult to choose from the many colors, but I was especially drawn to the metallic black with an iridescent finish. My metallic Chicklet arrived just a few days after I placed my order.
And then, as news of Chicklets arriving was showing up on Facebook feeds …I got an email from our hostess saying the bead she’d mailed to me had been returned as undeliverable. Because I am a doofus and misspelled my street name. Our hostess was kind enough to re-send my bead. Imagine my surprise when it arrived and I discovered it was a match to the one I had ordered! Squeee!
What could I do with two matching beads? Make earrings, of course. I love making earrings. The designs for them come to me so much easier than for necklaces or bracelets. And they are my favorite piece of jewelry to wear. I almost wired up a pair the day I received the second bead. But, through great force of will, I stopped myself. And decided to design as if I had only one Chicklet.
I made this necklace using an antique brass finish dragonfly charm and chain, with purple Czech glass beaded accents. I was initially going to use gunmetal with this Chicklet, and maybe vitrail beads as accents. I had put it in a project box with those things and set it aside until I had time to work on it.
When I got around to working with it, I had just finished designing a necklace and earrings with Vintaj brass chain and charms. The leftover bits and pieces were still on my bead mat. They looked good with the metallic Chicklet, and brought out the purplish-bluish iridescence in the bead. Which made me think of iridescent dragonfly wings, which reminded me I had this antique brass finish dragonfly charm. Et voila, a vintage-inspired dragonfly Chicklet necklace was born.
I was on the verge of making another necklace with my “spare” Chicklet, using the gunmetal color theme. But my muse was still in a brass and purple mood, so I went with it. And created this bracelet with more Vintaj chain and purple Czech glass beads. I added a few blue beads into the mix for this design, to augment the shimmer in the Chicklet.
This was the first time I’ve used chain in a bracelet and not loaded it up with beaded dangles or charms. I used to view chain only as a component for holding beads, rather than a design element on its own. I treated it like bead wire and covered it with beads.
When I entered my mixed-metal/steampunk/vintage-inspired jewelry designs phase last fall I started to embrace chains as part of the design. I’m also trying to embrace asymmetry in my jewelry designs. This bracelet is part of my journey to finding asymmetry that flows and isn’t simply a lopsided design. I’ll get there eventually.
I had so much fun creating with these beads. Many thanks to our hostess and our featured bead artist. Please visit their blogs, and the rest of the participants, to see all the lovely bead colors and wonderfully original jewelry designs. Thank you for stopping by. Before you leave, I hope you’ll sign the guest book – a.k.a. leave a comment, in the space below the participant list.
Toltec Jewels www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Guest of Honor & Featured Artist
Sue Kennedy SueBeads…A Beady Girl’s blog
Linda Anderson http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com
Jael Thorp http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith http://wirednan.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina www.peru-medesigns.com
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Rana Wilson http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Robin Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Kelly Rodgers https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue
Jayne Capps https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall
Linda Landig http://lindalandig.wordpress.com
Crystal Thain http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Heather d-Entremont http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/
Dini Bruinsma http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
Tammy Adams http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html (you are here!)
Melinda Orr http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog
Lennis Carrier http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Cynthia Machata http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Hodges http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/
Tanya McGuire http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog/
Ev Shelby http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com