Falling on the Edge of October Reveal

Falling on the Edge of October blog hop badge

It’s reveal day for the “Falling on the Edge of October” jewelry design challenge and blog hop, hosted by Toltec Jewels.

The challenge was to create something with one of the orange “sparkling rocks” lampwork beads made by the featured artist, Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens of Glass Bead Art Lampwork. That’s a photo of them there on the left in the blog hop badge. Aren’t they divine? Our hostess sent each participant a bead and then it was up to us to create jewelry.

This is the third time I have been fortunate to participate in a design challenge hosted by Toltec Jewels.  My first one was the Choosey Chicks Choose Chicklets challenge in August, followed by the Anchors Aweigh challenge in September. They were both such fun I couldn’t wait to sign up for this one.

As soon as I received my delicious orange bead I went through my stash looking for coordinating or accent beads in fall colors. I had plenty to choose from, being a bit of a bead hoarder.  But none seemed to do justice to the gorgeous art bead. I decided to make some beads to go with it. Sadly, I am not a lampwork artist, so I couldn’t create glass beads. Fortunately, I am somewhat proficient with polymer clay, which can be mixed in any color and formed into any shape imaginable.

Polymer clay beads with leaf cane pattern

A few of the polymer clay beads I made to go with my orange “sparkling rock” lampwork bead.

There were so many options for designing fall colors jewelry around this vibrant orange bead. I decided to go with an analogous color theme, using more orange, some red-orange, and a touch of yellow.

sparkling rocks bracelet

The bracelet I designed, featuring the orange “sparkling rock” lampwork bead at the center.

In addition to the featured lampwork bead, which I put in the center of the bracelet design, and my handmade polymer clay beads, there are some frosted glass beads in a sort of cranberry red. The spacers are pewter, to coordinate with the silver in the lampwork bead. The bracelet is finished with a silver twisted vine toggle clasp that has a pewter beaded dangle with a leaf pattern.

sparkling rocks bracelet clasp

Fall colors bracelet featuring an orange “sparkling rocks” lampwork bead.

Before I received my orange sparkling rock bead, I visited Maryse’s shop on Etsy. I was immediately tempted by a set of beautiful turquoise blue and sandy brown lampwork beads. So, I bought them. And while they were on their way to me from Luxembourg, I went back to Maryse’s shop one day, just to look. Wouldn’t you know she had re-stocked and added some sparkling rocks beads in shades of blue and aqua that would coordinate perfectly with the beads I bought previously?

assorted blue lampwork beads

The lovely blue-green lampwork beads I purchased from Maryse.

I didn’t use them for this challenge, because they’re not fall colors. (Although they would look nice with a punch of orange.)  They could be winter colors. For frosty blue winter jewelry.  Or maybe they’re summer colors. Sparkling blue waters by the beach jewelry. You’ll have to stay tuned here to my blog to see what I design using these stunning beads. You can also follow me on Facebook or on Twitter for news about my latest jewelry designs.

In the meanwhile, be sure to stop by these other artists’ blogs to see what they designed with their orange sparkling rocks.

Featured Artist: Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens Glass Bead Art
Toltec Jewels  (hostess) Jewel School Friends
Shai Williams Shaiha’s Ramblings
Sherri Stokey Knot Just Macrame
Lindsay Starr Phantasm Creations
Kelly Rogers Beadin’ Black & Blue
Jennifer Reno Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Melissa Trudinger Beadrecipes
Marybeth Rich A Few Words from Within the Pines
Andrea Frank Andrea Creates Jewelry & More
Sondra Jackson Sondra Jackson
Robin Reed Artistry HCBD
Kathleen Breeding 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Heather Richter Desert Jewelry Designs
Gina Hockett Freestyle Elements
Mindy Shell Kitty’s Cache Beading Blog
Debbie Rasmussen A little of this, a little of that
Tammy Adams Paisley Lizard (*you are here*)
Carolyn Lawson  Carolyn’s Creations
Nan Smith Nanmade Handmade Jewelry
Evelyn Shelby  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Jasvanti Patel Jewelry by Jasvanti
Linda Anderson From the Bead Board
Dini Bruinsma Angaza by Changes
Margareta Saari Mags~koruja
Lori Schneider Bead Addict
Robin Showstack The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Karin Grosset Grange Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Chris Eisenberg Wanderware
Heather d-Entremont Frugal MacDougall
Linda Younkman Lindy’s Designs
Janine Lucas Esfera Jewelry
Sheila Prosterman Cheap Charms
Veralynne Malone Designed by Vera
Kelly Hosford Patterson The Traveling Side Show
Divya N Jewels of Sayuri
Deb Fortin Studio 24
Klaudete Koon Only Road
Carol Briody A Bead’s Life

14 thoughts on “Falling on the Edge of October Reveal

    1. Tammy Adams Post author

      Thanks, Divya. I thought it needed a little dangle. I tend to think that about most of my designs. 😉

  1. Lisa P

    I love how you just create your own when you don’t have something to match. Looking forward to seeing what you create with the aqua beads. They are gorgeous!

    1. Tammy Adams Post author

      Thanks, Lisa. I am saving those beads for something special. I don’t know what yet, but they are so lovely I feel they deserve the “perfect” design.

  2. Karin

    Your bracelet is beautiful, I love the combination of oranges you used to showcase the sparkling rock. Beautiful beads you got too!

  3. Beth Petricoin

    Beautiful bracelet! I love that orange focal bead and your polymer ones to complement it are perfect! The beads you bought are yummy, looking forward to seeing what you make of them!

    1. Tammy Adams Post author

      Thanks, Beth. Yummy is exactly the right word for those beads. I’m looking forward to getting an inspired idea to showcase them. 😉

    1. Tammy Adams Post author

      Thank you, Jasvanti. I guess I need to hurry up and design something now that I’ve shown the beads to everyone. No pressure, right?

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