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Sally Russick of Studio Sublime came up with the clever idea of a One Crayon Color Challenge. Sally is a lovely person I've had the pleasure to meet in person at ArtBliss last year. Her work is also pretty darned amazing.
The premise of the challenge is to pick one color and make monochromatic jewelry with the various shades of that color. That's harder than you would think! You would think that beads all of one color would go together easily, but certain shades of that same color can clash like crazy.
I chose purple as my color. Love pink, love purple, love blue, but purple it is!
I made some lampwork beads, tried by hand at enameling with some glass frit, and pulled out a couple of awesome polymer clay beads by Barbara Bechtel. I thought about several designs but ultimately ended up using the enamel beads.
Recently I went to a bead show in Maryland and picked up some interesting dyed coco shell disks. I also raided the AD/Adornments table and found these amazing flat silver flowers and clasp. I added some opal purple Swarovski crystals and here you have it.
The bracelet is so lightweight! Love it. I'm just sad I used all of those silver flowers and don't have any more left! I think this is the fastest I've dug into a special stash!
I made another piece using a bead I've been hoarding for a long time. Barbara Bechtel made me a bunch of birds in various colors and I saved the purple one. I had NO idea what I'd do with it but knew I had to keep it for myself. I rarely make jewelry for myself, interestingly!
I love the stone pendants from River Stone Bead and had hoarded this pendant (what IS it with the hoarding????). I connected the bird with heavy-gauge silver and wrapped that with much thinner wire and oxidized it all. At the bead show, I found the cool faceted silver beads and used those right away.
I used Swarovski crystal again (who says you can't use bling with a stone?) and some cool Czech glass ovals. I'm not 100% happy with the purple suede lacing at the back, and I think I'm going to have to order some wider silk ribbon to make it a little more substantial to balance out the pendant.
And now for the rest of the challenge participants!
Sally Russick http://thestudiosublime.com
Therese Frank http://theresestreasures59.
Rochelle Brisson http://acreativechelle.
Lisa Lodge http://pineridgetreasures.
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.
Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Linda Landig http://LindasBeadBlog.com
Cherrie Fick http://designsinthelight.com
Beth McLarnan http://threetrees-art.
Cece Cormier http://thebeadingyogini.com
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.
Tanya Goodwin http://pixiloo.blogspot.com
Jean Welles http://jeanawells.blogspot.com
Amy Severino http://amybeads.blogspot.com
Rebekah Payne http://treewingsstudio.com
Lola Surwillo http://.beadlolabead.blogspot.
Judy Turner http://silver-rains.blogspot.
Jennifer Justman http://soulsfiredesigns.
Rose Brisson http://ahteesblog.blogspot.com
Kim Bender http://www.kimmykats.com/
Heather Powers http://humblebeads.blogspot.
Shelly Joyce http://www.aujourlejour-
Cherie Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.
Rebecca Anderson http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Hope Smitherman http://craftyhope.blogspot.com
Patti Vanderbloemen http://
Michelle Buettner http://MiShelDesigns.blogspot.
Alicia Marinache http://allprettythings.ca
Charissa Sloper http://blog.obsidiansoda.com
Sonya Stille http://dreaminofbeads.
Maria Grimes http://mariagrimes.blogspot.
Nancy Saccoccio http://risingdesigns.blogspot.
Sandi Volpe http://sandivolpe.com
Joanne Tinley http://
Catherine Pruitt http://boobeads.blogspot.com
Mary Harding http://
Karin Gilman http://www.qaygee.
Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.
Lorelei Eurto http://lorelei1141.blogspot.
Melissa Meman http://melissameman.blogspot.
Alice Peterson http://alice-dreaming.
Jenny Davies Reazor http://www.jdaviesreazor.com
Cynthia Machata http://antiquitytravelers.
Melissa Essenburg http://chinookdesigns.
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.
Lauren Streets http://ornthoughts.wordpress.
Elizabeth Auld http://beadsforbusygals.com
Tracy Mok http://bumblebeadsdesigns.
Jennifer Judd Velasquez http://jenjuddrocks.blogspot.
Marti Conrad http://marticsclay.blogspot.
Lori Anderson http://prettythingsblog.com
Donna Bradley http://strandedbeads.blogspot.
Courtney Breul http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.
Linda Younkman http://lindysdesigns.blogspot.
Susan Kennedy http://www.suebeads.blogspot.
Lisa Liddy http://Lisaliddy.wordpress.com
Tracy Stillman http://www.
Dawn Doucette http://designsbydawnmarie.
Diana Ptaszynski http://suburbangirlstudio.com
Shannon Chomanczuk http://formysweetdaughter.
Janice Everett http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.
Karen Williams http://Baublicious.blogspot.
Kashmira Patel http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Heidi Post http://expostfactojewelry.
Birgitta Lejonklou http://lejonklou.blogspot.com/
Holly Westfall http://silverrosedesigns.