Saturday, February 25, 2012

Andrew Thorntons Feburary 2012 Design Challenge

I participated in 2 blog hops today!  My 7000 Bracelets for Hope blog post can be found by directly below this post!

This is what Andrew Thornton offered as his last Design Challenge Kit....The only hints given were the colors "pink and fuchsia".  I said to myself, "what the heck...I like those colors"..and so I challenged myself and bought the kit.

Days later, he posted a picture of the contents (not including the Mystery Components).  In his words "The Design Kit, which I think is extremely challenging (I don't work too much with pinks or fuchsia) consists of a Simple Truths piece from Erin Prais-Hintz, a ceramic bead from Keith O'Connor, a polymer clay round from Pam Wynn, lots of dyed jade, vintage plastic, pink opal, rosewater opal glass, fuchsia Swarovski crystals, vintage glass, organza ribbon, irradiated shell, Czech glass, and the Luxury Bead Blend."

This is what I received in the mail - pardon the plastic, but I did not want tiny little beads rolling around my bead table into other piles of beads that will someday become completed projects.

I have to say, I was honestly scared when I opened up the envelope!  I had NO CLUE WHATSOEVER what to do with all this pink and fuchsia!  Not to mention...lots of tiny beads! My go-to colors are blues....or greens....or browns...never pink and absolutely never fuchsia!

After mulling it around FOR DAYS, I rallied to this challenge, sat down, and made the coolest, multi-strand bracelet that I have ever made! 

Erin's Simple Truth's pendant is the obvious focal.  I used the Luxury Bead mix, and bits and pieces of the other beads, including the Swarovski crystals, and wrapped them together with sterling silver cones.  My 24 year-old niece has already claimed this bracelet as hers!

The Mystery Components were two beautiful enamel beads, made by Andrew I assume, that were begging to become earrings.

I wrapped sterling silver bead caps and connectors, and two small pink opal beads from the challenge kit to make these sweet earrings, which hang from hand formed sterling silver ear wires.

Lastly, I used the polymer clay bead from Pam, to make a focal for the necklace.

I have never used organza ribbon before (I have never used fiber at all, for goodness sakes!), but I had some sterling silver crimp beads with a hook in my stash, and made a loop closure from silver as well.

The focal includes more fuchsia Swarovski crystals, a pewter bead frame, and a sterling silver bead cap.

I am sad that Andrew has decided to end this monthly challenge .... my first!  But, I am so glad that I had the chance to participate!  Thank you, Andrew!

Please visit the other participants blogs to see their works of art!  As always, thank you for stopping by!

Shannon Chomanczuk  For My Sweet Daughter
Kari Asburty Hippie Chick Design
Suzette Bentley Ellie's Bijioux
Peg Gyldenege Wild Hair Studio
Therese Frank Therese's Treasures
Patti Vanderbloemen My Addictions Handcrafted Jewelry by Patti  You are here!
Kari Wilson  Creations by Kari


  1. Patti,
    I love what you created with the kit from Andrew. The bracelet is so pretty and I like how you turned Erin's charm into the clasp. The earrings are so nice using the mystery components. The necklace is so very sweet and simple just plain beautiful.

  2. Love all the pieces you created but especially love the bracelet! A great multistrand combination and love how you used the simple truth pendant in the clasp.

  3. I love the one purple/magenta bead in the bracelet. very unique and eye catching. The earrings are quite a nice way to round our the pieces you made. Well done!

  4. Love those earrings! Great job with all your pieces! Suzette

  5. you were very busy! beautiful job on all the pieces.

  6. For not ever using those colors or tiny beads, you did a fabulous job!
    I love the bracelet and the everything else you made with the kit!

  7. Wow, I love everything you made! Gorgeous!

  8. Thank you so much for participating! You did a great job, especially for being scared of the contents! The bracelet is really cool and it looks awesome! The earrings look so classy! The last necklace is really lovely and must float about your neck! Thank you so much for participating!

  9. I meant to say, "Thanks again for participating." at the end of my comment. Didn't mean so sound like a parrot!

  10. I am so sad this is the last! Such pretty colors these are beautiful! Love the ribbon necklace too : )

  11. Wow! That is a great piece! I am sorry that I missed this when I was hopping the other day. I am so glad that I found it. You did that humble little 'simple truth' proud! I love that it is the focal of that pretty bracelet. Never would have thought to make it the clasp! Thank you for sharing in the fun of this hop!
    Enjoy the day.