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Friday, October 18, 2013

Seed Bead and Metal Blog Hop


Saturday, October 19, 2013

hosted by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

Sharyl's Jewelry & Components

featuring the work of artist Shirley Moore


Dear Friends,

Once again I have the opportunity to participate in a blog hop created by friend Sharyl McMillian-Nelson. Sharyl is featuring beautiful seed beading pieces by artist Shirley Moore of Beads and Bread. Both gals are designing jewelry for this blog hop along with nine participants. A list of those links appears at the end of this blog. I hope you have time to see each artist and her designs.

My package arrived from Sharyl and I was eager to discover what materials I would be working with:

We were asked to feature Shirley Moore's seed bead focal and to choose among the other items as we felt led. Immediately I saw that a necklace with earrings would be fun to work on.

I spent some time with colors, thinking at first that I would highlight the tiny soft green seed beads. It was not working for me, so I decided a hint of olive green would work best with emphasis on soft pink.

I chose lentil beads with deep brown and warm golden colors highlighted with pink and green in the pattern, deciding they would add weight and balance with the focal bead. 

I liked the idea of using two sizes of chain, creating a necklace with three rows. Sharyl's patinated metal connectors and elongated beads pre-determined that I would use copper cable link chain.

Four inch dangling, articulated earrings came together easily, pulling elements from the necklace's beads. I don't generally like matchy-matchy pieces and liked the way these looked with the necklace:

Each has an element or more that the other does not have and that appeals to me:

The three strands in the necklace are brought together and joined on round copper connectors (not visible in these photos). They are strung to a cable link chain about three inches in length on each side, around the neckline, and finished with a metal clasp.

Grateful hugs and thanks to Sharyl
and Shirley for creating this blog hop event!


1. Sharyl McMillian-Nelson - Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections (co-host)

2. Candy Wham - posting on Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections

3. Angi Mullis - posting on Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections

4. Shirley Moore - Beads and Bread (co-host)

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5. Laren Dee Barton -  Laren Dee Designs

6. Beti Horvath - Stringing Fool

7.  Tanya Goodwin - A Work in Progress

8.  Marybeth Rich - Forest of Jewels

9.  Amy Severino - AmyBeads                        

10. Carolyn's Creations - Carolyn's Creations

11. Toltec Jewels - Jewel School Friends

"Your thoughtful comments are truly appreciated by each artist.
Thank you for reading and have a great day!"


Sharyl said...

Loving this, Laren! Those lentil beads are a PERFECT addition to these components! I like the copper chain in 2 types/sizes; it really adds visual interest and depth.

I can see drawing on the pink in Shirley's piece. I kept being attracted to that as well! And I like your philosophy about matching/non-matching earrings. I think I may have embraced that theory without realizing it before. I think it's useful to have it vocalized!

Lovely job! Thanks for participating, Laren! Good luck with your sale!

Amy S. said...

Sometimes I wish bloggers could hear me 'oooooh-ing' and 'aaaaahing' as I scroll through looking at their pictures of their creations! That's just what I was doing looking at yours! I AM ABSOLUTELY LOVING what you did here. You selected perfect beads and chain to go along with your surprise components, but I also think those lentils are just perfect for this piece. Great work Laren!

Shirley Moore said...

I'm with Amy, I had the ooh's and aah's going on with each pic. Totally love this look, and the fact that the earrings don't match exactly. I'm with you on that one! This is such a wearable set, and I'm thrilled that my bead looks so pretty in it!

Tanya said...

That is an absolutely beautiful set. I *adore* what you did with Shirley's component and Sharyl's dangles look great in the earrings.

Beti Horvath said...

Great designing! I am all in favor of coordinating, not matching th earrings and necklace. and i think the two outer layers of chain is so right, adding visual interest, while toning down the sweetness of the beaded strand. Great work.

Pepita said...

Beautiful set!!! I like very much your use of color!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Lovely! I especially like the design and colors of your necklace.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Laren,
Your necklace and earrings are gorgeous. I like that you drew your color palette from the seed beads and the copper tones from Sharyl's metal disks. The necklace is very appealing with the three strands and at a longer length will look really nice worn with a turtle neck or cowl neck sweater. I love the earrings.

Angi said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love the combination of the soft pinks and greens and they way you matched them with copper chain is a home run! I think you nailed it with the lentils and your gorgeous earrings just put it over the top! Love, love love!

Angi Mullis

Carolyn said...

Love the pink and green that you pulled out of Shirley's bead. Also loved the matching but not matchy match earrings. Will have to try that for sets.