Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ZnetShows Diamond in the Rough Challenge

Bill Zhang of ZnetShows - wholesale beads - offered  a new challenge to those of us who created designs with their beautiful sea glass. The challenge was to design jewelry using beads that are a little less flashy and often overlooked. I was up for the challenge since I haven't seen a bead at ZnetShows that I don't want to work with!!

The Znet Team will choose 20 designs and have a Facebook voting contest. The winners will receive gift certificates from ZnetShows to shop to their hearts' content! WooHoo - 3 of my pieces were chosen for the Facebook contest!! My colorful butterfly bracelet, my chains and shell flower necklace, and my blue Murano-style necklace! Thank you to Bill and his team!!

We were told to choose beads that we could easily work with to beads that would be challenging to work with, so I picked quite a mix of colors and styles! Click on the pictures below for a better view of the beads.



I started with the beautiful yellow and green Fire Agates (yellow-BDS1593-12 and green-BDS1591-06) and added pink Druzy beads to make fun, colorful earrings.



I love these colors together, so fun and happy, so I continued with them. I pulled a fuschia Turquoise butterfly out of my stash and made a bracelet around it. I started by adding different bead caps to the pink Druzy and yellow Fire Agate beads (BDS1593-12). Then, I used the smaller green Fire Agates (BDS1591-06) to make flowers by adding a bead caps and purple Swarovski crystals. I bought yellow bell flowers at Gahanna Bead Studio and added a purple Swarovski crystals to those, too. A silver flower toggle finishes the bracelet.



I made a chain necklace with black, gunmetal and copper chains, and attached the lovely shell flower pendants (PDG288-03) to the ends. I added a silver wavy disc and Swarovski crystal to each flower and wrapped them to the chain. Next, I strung white freshwater pearls to each side of the chain.                                                            
                                                               The necklace can be worn symmetrically


                                                       or asymmetrically, to see more of the freshwater pearls.


I wasn't sure what to do with the pretty Prehnite nuggets (BDS1565-18) until I found some light green crystals that I had received from another challenge - I knew they would work perfectly! I made a simple necklace with a tassel of crystals - this is a fun, swingy necklace that I wear often.

 

Next up, the sweet olive Jade donut pendant (BDG118-17D). I made a bail for the donut using 3mm gold crystals - I also made two additional circles. I strung green and pink freshwater pearls, the African silver leaf rondelles (BDS1517-17) and gold crystals, attached that to the crystal circles and used beige recycled sari silk to finish it. One of the crystal circles is used as part of the toggle.



For the next two necklaces, I used the lovely Murano style glass pendants. The blue pendant (PT467-02)has gold, red, blue and turquoise in it, so I wire wrapped goldstone rondelle beads (BDS367-08), faceted red glass beads, and Lapis and Amazonite round beads. I connected them together with square wire jump rings (my new favorite jump rings!), attached the pendant to one of my handmade bails and .....Voila! I love how this turned out!



The pretty yellow Murano style glass pendant (PT472-04) has gold, a red heart and lime green. I attached the pendant to a silver hammered circle and added colorful, tiny gears near the top of it. I wrapped faceted goldstone rondelle beads (BDS367-08) to the chain, added another circle to one side and a heart toggle to the other. I wove lime green silk cord through the gunmetal chain to finish the necklace.



I found two more silver hammered circles in my stash and wire wrapped white Howlite rondelle beads (BDS366-09), black crystals and silver wavy discs to them.


                              I attached the shell rectangular prism beads (BDS416-09) to gold chain to make fun, swingy earrings.


I was stuck on what to do with the, extra large bamboo coral tube beads (CB25-25) until two days ago. I added coral colored seed beads to jump rings, then attached several together to make a short chain. I connected it all together with two different types of silver chain and a circle toggle.

 
                                                                             I love the bamboo coral!!


The cool irregular shell pendant (PDG283-13)was one of the first items I picked from the list Bill sent - I thought it would be easy to work with, but it tilts to one side and ended up being quite a challenge! I, finally, attached it to black chain, for contrast, and wire wrapped some vintage glass pearls to the chain. It's a short necklace, seventeen inches, and I love how it looks on!!



For my final necklace, I strung bamboo coral twig beads (CB13-09), coral crystals and light blue sea glass beads - I added a turquoise bay fancy shard sea glass pendant (P18-B28) to the center. Then, I wove light blue cotton cord through silver chain and attached that, with a toggle, to the ends.




Thank you for taking the time to look at my jewelry designs!! I really enjoyed this challenge and want to Thank Bill Zhang and the Znet Team for this amazing opportunity!! Stop by ZnetShows to check out all of their fabulous beads!

Time to start voting!! Go to this Facebook page to see the 20 beautiful designs that were chosen!! Voting will continue through May 23 - Good Luck to everyone!!

                          Please visit the ZnetShows blog and check out all of the designers and their fabulous designs!!   
                                                     

23 comments:

  1. Christine, Love all your creations! I think my favorite is the asymmetrical pearl & chain necklace or maybe the fun earrings & butterfly bracelet or maybe the last necklace with bamboo & coral! So hard to decide! :)

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    1. Thanks!! This was a fun challenge - the Diamonds in the Rough are beauties to work with!

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  2. Love your designs! Hard to choose a favorite but if I had to, I would pick the colorful butterfly bracelet! :)

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! That's one of my favorites, too!

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  3. Isn't it fun being challenged by beads? I love the almost 1920's feel of the prehnite necklace. Out of all your pieces I think that's the one that keeps me coming back. Beautiful job on all your pieces.

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    1. Thanks, Pam!! I love the Prehnite and really wanted to show it off!

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  4. Christine, these are all great. Love all the chain and the texture in the necklace with the shell flowers. And your butterfly bracelet is so cute. The colors really make it pop and a fun bracelet to wear. Congrats.

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    1. Thanks, Kay!! This was a fun challenge!

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  5. Christine your jewelry is very creative. I like the Murano pendant necklace in blue, aqua, and red and also the shell rectangular prism earrings, but My favorite is the coral twig necklace. I love the colors in it.

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    1. Thanks, Becky!! The coral twig necklace was a last minute addition - I love those colors together, too!

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  6. Nice designs, Christine! I really like the coral necklace and the hammered circle earrings!

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  7. Love your work. Your bracelet is my favorite piece although your necklaces are awesome too! Best of luck to you on the challenge!

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Good luck to you, too!

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  8. I really love the classic style of all of your pieces, yet the different materials make them so unique!

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  9. I am in LOVE with the pearl and shell flower asymmetrical necklace! Don't get me wrong, they are all great...but that one stole my heart from the first time I saw it in the Top 20. Beautiful job, Christine!

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    1. Thanks, Mimi!! This was such a fun challenge and everyone's designs were amazing - I would have had a difficult time picking the Top 20!

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  11. That chain and pearl necklace is so sublime. It seems so antique but still so modern. All your designs are really beautiful. Fabulous job!

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  12. All your designs are beautiful, but the Murano necklace my fav

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