Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each
week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio,
creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our
readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free
prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard.
The following week we choose a random winner.
This week’s winner is Cynthia aka Cynth’s Blog
Congratulations! You have won a Tales They Tell pendant from Erin Prais-Hintz.
Send Erin an e-mail with your address and she will get it out to you as soon as possible!
This week we visit the studio of
I recently received a lovely package of goodies from the folks at Nina Designs
as part of their blog partnership program. I got a goodie bag with all of the items above included: a bunch of beautiful shiny charms, pendants, and findings from their Bronze Collection
, a lovely bright turquoise silk ribbon
, and a bundle of soft and supple deer hide leather
. What a generous and gorgeous selection of things to play with!
I loved the lotus pendant and it was very fortunate that I had just finished up some pendants with a water and lotus pond theme! So I was eager to use those things together! The cut-out design of the lotus pendant, like many of the other bronze pendants in the collection, makes it really versatile with all the areas to bead onto. I used the lotus as a triple connector, hanging my pendant from the bottom and attaching a loop to each of the two top petals. The ribbon color wasn’t so matchy-matchy with the pendant, so I took a few little strands of it and tied them to the bottom leaves of the lotus to tie the color in near the pendant. I also used two of the swirly bronze charms and some strawberry quartz to make some interesting dangles further up the necklace, to tie the pink color in. I like the cool simplicity of this necklace, interesting, but not too overly complicated.
I also made a pair of coordinating earrings with a pair of my ceramic links! The bronze is very shiny, almost gold in color, and I didn’t have any gold jump rings or other findings, so I used gunmetal black. I really like the contrast of the two shiny metals and how it brings a little bit of extra interest to the design.
All of these pieces and colors remind me of cool waters like the kinds I get to see on vacation at the beach or visiting beautiful parks. Or maybe that’s just my pre-Bead & Button preparation crazed head dreaming of summer vacation after the show. It’s almost June… are you dreaming about summer vacation yet?
When you take a vacation or trip, do you do anything beady? Do you visit local bead stores in the area that you are staying, or do you work on fun projects? Leave a comment on this post and tell us about it! Next Saturday, one random commenter will be chosen to win the Nina bronze charm and pair of Earthenwood ceramic links above!
materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging program. The
author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company.
The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.