A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to participate in a partner challenge using products from ZNETShows. I jumped at that chance right away! I have followed ZNETShows for a few months now and I have seen lots of artists creating beautiful pieces of jewelry using their Cultured Sea Glass.
This chance was even better! My partner in this challenge, Michelle, and I were given an extensive list of gorgeous items from which to choose to send to the other person. Our theme is the BEACH! I quickly emailed Michelle to find out what she liked about the beach since I have never met her. Hello Michelle! I told her I loved the colors in the sunset. A few days later, I received a package in the mail containing the sunset from ZNETShows. I received Cultured Sea Glass Round Beads, silver metal disks, teardrop shaped glass pearls in a lovely champagne color, Chinese crystals in a vibrant orange, orange jasper ovals and strands of aqua-terra shaped jasper nuggets, and cystals in shades of sea foam and other shades of green. As Anne of Green Gables would say,”Such scope for the imagination!”
Of course, my first piece had to be the sunset. My local bead store provided the chain. I wire wrapped the some of the orange jasper on the center of the chain and used some of the more golden crystals to create the effect of the sun sinking into the ocean. The Cultured Sea Glass finished my sunset on the beach.
I am not the best photographer. But I like this view of the necklace the best.
What to do next? I love working with pearls and these glass pearls are so nice. Champagne is a beautiful color. It made me think of pirates burying their treasure on a tropical island. I added some more of those multi-colored crystals–so very versatile–using odd counts of pearls and crystals. I wanted to save some of the crystals and pearls for a future project but I wanted length, too. So I added some Greek leather cord and tied a couple of sliding knots. Okay maybe this is my favorite piece!
I really wanted to use the chunky aqua-terra jasper but I was having a difficult time. The shape and color is so much fun, but I am not used to working with that size bead. My instinct was to create a choker length chunky, sparkly piece–Bedrock Beach! Fun!
The picture makes the necklace look longer than it is. It measures about 16 inches. Again, my photo does not show how cute this looks on someone. Would you like to try it on?
The last piece I made is my FAVORITE! (You’ve heard that before from me?) Those cultured sea glass rounds in that delicate shade of green just were calling out to be made into a bracelet. I love the leather wrap bracelets and I had an idea of using macrame but I didn’t have the right bead–until now! I found the S-Lon in orange–made me think of the sea and the sunset at the beach– and a button from my stash and a length of Greek leather in a sandy shade and started playing. This took the most time and I still have some bugs to work out with the clasp but I am thrilled with the result.