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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Winter Enchantment!

This month Artbeads.com presented a challenge to its design partners and the theme was Winter Enchantment. Living in Florida, I used my imagination to conjure up a picture just like the one below of Maria Grimes' backyard after a snowfall in California! Did you know that this winter, Florida was the only state in the union that did not have snow on the ground? 

I guess I could have worked with a Florida winter theme, but no, I had to have snow... 

Photo Courtesy of Maria Grimes

So picture a white landscape, 
snow on the ground, 
misty morning and black tree trunks... 
and here is my idea of Winter Enchantment!




I consider these challenges as great opportunities to play with materials and supplies that I do not usually work with, in this case Organza Ribbon and the Resin Pendant by Taina Hartman. Artbeads.com carries a wide selection of her whimsical and colorful charms and pendants. 

The necklace is made of three strands, one of gunmetal chain, one of white Keshi Pearls, and one of white Organza Ribbon. I must admit that I had a difficult time with the Organza Ribbon, you can see the results of my rough handling with some thread separation in the ribbon. I need to be more gentle and need more practice...


Along one side the gun metal chain, some Swarovski Crystallized Elements hang, as icicles on a tree branch...brrr! I used Xilion Bicones in Crystal Ab, Crystal Silver Shade and Black Diamond colors. To hang the pendant on the ribbon, I chose a fan-shaped gunmetal-plated Pewter bail and for closure the clasp was a star-shaped gunmetal-plated toggle. With the rising price of precious metal, these base metal clasps make the perfect alternative, both stylish and inexpensive.

I also got myself a length of Silver Organza Ribbon, but decided to save it for another project.. it is a beautiful silver with a hint of pink. I also picked up a strand of some Crystal yarn, but failed miserably in trying to use it in my design. So if anyone has some hints on how I can use this yarn, or tell me of how they have used it, I could certainly use the help.

Silver Organza Ribbon and Cotton Crystal Yarn

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8 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Very pretty!

Boot ~C said...

I love the mix & gunmetal is always a good choice!

Boot ~C said...

Regina I did see that bracelet you featured. It was what inspired me to try my hand @ the wire beads!

Michelle said...

Oh Regina - this is so pretty! I really like this. I'm still waiting on my supplies to arrive so I can create my "winter enchantment" design, too. I love the pictures you've taken - very nice!

Michelle said...

Oh - and I did order some of that crystal ribbon you mentioned - a few strands anyway - so I'll let you know how that goes....wish me luck! :)

Regina said...

Thank you all. Love to read your comments. Michelle, my husband Mike takes the pictures, aren't I lucky? I set it up and he clicks and edits, and all the rest of it.

Azure Islands Designs said...

Love it Regina...the mix of white and gunmetal is very striking!!!

Cheers

Lucid Moon Studio said...

Funny, I picked out that same Swarovski crystal yarn a few months ago, and can NOT figure out how to use it! I've tried to incorporate it into my designs, but can't get it to work right. Bummer since I thought it was so cool when I bought it. I will keep trying though.

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