i wanted to focus on a winter theme, so i chose a gin blossom in blue. when it arrived in the mail, i fell in love. it was so amazingly beautiful! i love art beads! so i put on my thinking cap, and i thought of snowflakes, so i dug through my cache, looking for ice. but i didn't want just ice. i wanted *richness*. yumminess. plummyiness. so i found some black and thought of bare branches. and what are bare branches without a few cardinals? and ice, of course. i pulled it all together but i wasn't happy, so took a few things apart, added a couple things... and loved it. it's called, 'cardinals in winter.'
i used steel and bronze wire, crystals, coral, rainbow moonstone, wooden chain, and copper, chocolate, and gunmetal chain. i've been loving the look of these industrial clasps, and i found some at jo-ann's the other day in the purse making section. always look in unexpected places and you'll find the coolest things! the briolette crystal in the copper circle is a preciosa crystal. i'm a rather biased swarovski fan, but i thought i'd give preciosa a go, and am pleased with the quality.
i had so much fun with this challenge and look forward to participating in the upcoming months.
thank you so much, jeannie, for allowing me to join in the fun! i *love* your work, and highly recommend it to everyone.
now let's go visit everybody elses blog!
Molly Alexander http://www.beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
Courtney Breul http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Shannon Chomanczuk http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com
Beth Emery http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Jeannie K Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
here is jeannie's website, so you, too, can own some of her gorgeous artwork!