I haven't even finished hopping on over to all of the Bead Soup Blog Party blogs, and here I am again, smack dab in the middle of yet another hop! What can I say . . . I'm a hop-a-holic addicted to the thrill of design challenges and being pushed out of my comfort zone. And now, thanks to Michelle Mach and her Fall Challenge, I'm also officially addicted to vintage beads and Vintaj products.
These beautiful components are light, airy, fragile and very much unlike the larger stones and glass beads I ordinarily use. I couldn't immediately envision a bracelet or necklace design, but I could definitely see some earrings.
Simple, yes, but I LOVE these yellow earrings! I also love how the Vintaj component makes the yellow leaf appear more golden.
These mulberry leaf earrings make me happy. I love the pop of color the small, but powerful Lucite orange beads add to the piece.
Now that the earrings were done, it was time to figure out what to do with the Vintaj branch I received -- the one component I did NOT want to use. Not because it wasn't lovely, but because I had NO CLUE what to do with it! There weren't any holes in it! No obvious answer as to which direction to take! And although it did seem to take FOREVER to get there, I did come up with a necklace design with removable charms:
I prefer rings, earrings and bracelets when it comes to jewelry, but this is a necklace I will actually wear this season. I love the Fall colors (my favorite time of year, by the way), the versatility of the charms and how the longer length of chain adds the much-loved element of movement to the piece.
You know what else I love? That 28 other bloggers have taken on the same challenge and have also posted their creations on their blogs! Hop right this way! =D
Andrew ~ The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Cat ~ Boo Beads
Chris ~ beadjewelry.net
Cilla ~ Tell Your Girlfriends
Cyndi ~ Beading Arts
Cynthia ~ Cynth's Blog
Dawn ~ Morning Glory Beading
Donetta ~ Simply Gorgeous
Heather ~ As I Bead It
Holly ~ SilverRose Designs
Kate ~ We Can Make That at Home
Kristina ~ Wild Roses and Blackberries
Lauren ~ Laurel Moon Jewelry & Beads
Linda ~ Lutka & Co
Lisa ~ Lucid Mood Studio
Lola [YOU ARE HERE] ~ Bead Lola Bead
Mary ~ MLH Jewelry
Melinda ~ Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs
Michelle H. ~ Firefly Visions
Michelle M. [OUR AWESOME HOSTESS] ~ Beads & Books
Salla ~ Blog by Salla
Shannon ~ Falling into the Sky
Shay ~ Shaiha's Ramblings
Shel ~ MiShel Designs
Shirley ~ Beads and Bread
Stephanie ~ Pixybug Designs
Tari ~ Pearl and Pebbles
Terry ~ Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Tracy ~ The Bead Junkie