Necklace Round Robin Proposal

I had such fun working with Heather, Erin, Erin, and Christine on the Bracelet round robin that we did that I wanted to do it again. Check out my bracelet, I just got it back from Christine last week! It turned out awesome and I love wearing it. Such a fun little collaboration of talented artists! Read about Christine's additions to all the bracelets at her blog post here.

But this time, I'd like to do a necklace round robin!

I'm looking for 4 people who'd like to participate along with me. The best way to do this I think, is to let the Random Integer Generator pick the contestants, so all you have to do is leave a comment if you are interested in playing along. The random generator will pick the 4 contestants and we'll get started right away. I'll leave the comments open for a few days so you have some time to decide.
please read through the entire post before you comment!!

Here's how it will work. All 5 (includes me) people playing along, will start a necklace design, as little or as much as they want. They'll all pass the necklace starts to me and I will add a little bit to each one. I'll pass them to participant number 2 and they will add to each one. They'll pass them on to the next, and so on and so forth. In the end, all participants will end up with the original necklace they started! I love collaborative efforts but there will have to be some guidelines.

1. I'd like to limit the time spent on working on the necklaces to 1 week. SO then the whole project will last a little more than 1 month. This might be hard for some busier designers so if you can't stick to this time line, you might want to rethink playing along.
Keep in mind, if you really want to order specialty items to use in the necklace designs, try to keep the design process cut down to a week, and take into account the time it takes to order and receive stuff.

2. If you've signed up to play but end up getting busy and you can't participate afterall, you have to let me know immediately so that I can pick a replacement.

3. Stick to basic techniques, and keep in mind that not everyone (me for example) knows how to beadweave. Another point would be, if you add things like oxidized metals to your necklace, no everyone (like me for example) has the ability to oxidize the finished piece or their section.

4. If you want the necklace to be a specific length, you'll have to add on a tag that states your desired finished size.

5. Don't know how to start? How about just some chain with some beads dangling off of it? Or start a beaded strand and leave it open using a little scotch tape to keep the beads on the wire. Or you could start wire wrapping some of you favorite art beads. It's up to you how you want to start the piece.

6. Each person will add to the starting design. The goal is not to take apart what has been started, but to keep adding elements to the current design. Each starting designer will need to write down on their tag, what kind of theme they want the end piece to be. Do they want a strung piece, a wire wrapped piece, a chain with charms, etc..... As for colors, the starting designs should give the rest of the participants a clear idea of an overall color theme.

7. Each person will be responsible for shipping the pieces to the next artist. Since the final person in the chain will probably have the priciest mailing- being 4 packages, it would be nice if all the participants could paypal a couple of extra dollars to the final person to help with the shipping of all the packages.

Some good FAQs:
Everyone should start their necklace however they want.
It may be with wire and clasp, it could be chain with a few beads, it could be a wire-wrapped focal bead.
If a necklace gets to the last person without a clasp, they will need to add one.
A necklace could be a one or a multi-strand.

Will we be adding the same component to each necklace or will it depend on the design in progress? I would think something different, so each necklace is completely unique and a play on what has already been added to it.

Should we take pictures along the way?
I suppose we should all blog about it at some point...I think it would be fun to see the progress along the way, but it's not required. Of course we want you to blog about the final necklace when it arrives back to you. Of course, it would also be cool if you could link back to all the people that participated.

I might suggest that we each start a little note card with the bracelet so that each participant could write a little sentence documenting what they put in the necklace in their handwriting that would make its way back to us with the finished piece. That way we would know what component would be added by whom (if it weren't exactly obvious)!
Since this is my first attempt at a necklace round robin, I'd like to just say that I'm really flexible, and if there are any concerns or questions, I'll be happy to talk things over to keep this little blog project fun and easy going. There is no right or wrong way to do this, but I just want to keep it FUN.
I'll go ahead and have the Random integer generator pick the 4 on September 1st.
After I announce who will be participating, I'll send an email with more details and we'll exchange addresses and all that good stuff. Good luck to everyone!! I can't wait to get started!
(a very special thank you goes out to Kelley Wenzel and Christine Damm - thanks for allowing me to bounce ideas off of you and thanks for all of your valuable advice on this project!)


  1. This sounds fun, and I haven't done anything like this in a long time! Please add me to the list of potential participants! Melanie

  2. I need deadlines! I'm down wit it!

  3. Sign me up :o) I've never done anything like this, and I think it sounds like loads of fun...

  4. Thanks for allowing everyone an equal chance to participate. It sounds like so much fun! Count me in!

  5. As long as you don't mind shipping to europe, I would love to have a go at participating. It sounds like a lot of fun!!!

  6. I would love to try this!

  7. I followed the bracelet project with great interest and loved all the end results so I would be thrilled to participate!

  8. Oo,Ooo, count me in! I did this round-robin thing in my quilt guild a few years ago and it was so much fun. Now that I am thoroghly into beads, I would love to ge a chance to co-create!


  9. Wheee! I LOVE a fun jewelry game!

  10. You did a great job coming up with guidelines! It sounds like a really fun collaboration. I also like that you are drawing names to make it fair. Please add my name, I would love to participate!! I just got oodles of supplies in, so I'm ready if my number's picked :)


  11. I have tons of new stones and beads, please throw my hat in the ring!

  12. Sounds like a kick, please add me in as a potential participant!

  13. I am totally in if my name gets drawn! Sounds fun!!

  14. I would love to try this! Thanks!

  15. I have never done this but please count me in:)

    Funky Monkey Girl,

  16. It was such great fun! Of course I would love to play again, but I think it only fair to let others in on the collaborative process.

    And if anyone needs any ideas, please feel free to email me

    Lorelei- I will be emailing you and the girls shortly about a thought that I have but I think that this is great!
    Enjoy the day! Erin

  17. Oh wow - what a great idea - I, like many others, have been drooling over the beautiful bracelets that were done. Such a fun concept. So, of course, I want to throw my name in the pool. Thanks a lot for the possibility!

  18. .... Let's try. I'm Laura Blanck from Openstudio. I have just signed with Google for a Blog, but I am not blogging yet. I make glass beads...

  19. I've always worked on pieces solo so I think it would be great fun to work on pieces with other people.

  20. Sign me up! I'd love to play!

  21. Mel Mel8/26/2009

    I don't have a blog, but It would be an honor to join in with such amazing folks. I could email pics and info about my part of the piece to you or to another participant for posting. I would also like to find a beading "pen pal" anyone have any ideas?

  22. A fun challenge that I would love the opportunity to join in on. Count me in Lorelei!

  23. I would so love to play!! I am so inspired by this! The bracelets are amazing! I would love to creat a necklace with others in such an artistic fashion!
    cheers, Denise

  24. Very Cool! You can count me in too!

  25. i would like to play lorelei!!! but unfortunely.. i live in France.. and one week is just the shipping time!!! snif snif ...
    i use to do this king of game with altered books.. i love it and want to try with a necklace!!! but..; next time maybe??

  26. As Lillibulle said, it's so sad we cannot participate here in France. May be the time spent on working will be more than 1 week...

    Oh please Loreleï...

    Next time of course.


  27. This sounds like fun and a challenge! Count me in!


  28. Please count me in. I have sooo much inventory I could make everyone a complete necklace - ha!!

    I don't have a blog yet either, but can email pix.

    For you French gals, why not do your own round robin and share results with us on the other side? It would be fun to 'compare' designs.

    Fingers crossed, Sandi

  29. I would LOVE to be in! Thanks for the FUN!

  30. Would love to be in but alas the tyrany of distance - Australia is a long way from anywhere.
    Perhaps we could have an international round robin - one from each country

  31. I would be honored to be selected for this project.

  32. Anonymous8/27/2009

    Oh what fun! I want to play

  33. I don't know why it said Anonymous its me Pam ferrari

  34. A star-studded grouping here, for sure. What a generous and creative idea, Lorelei. I'm up for the challenge. Now how does one bribe a Random Number Generator, I wonder? Oops, did I say that out loud, LOL?

  35. It would be so much fun to be selected by the RNG. Throw my name in the ring.

  36. Sounds like fun. Add me to the list of potential participants.

  37. What a great idea! I have never done anything like this and it sounds like a lot of fun! Please add my name, Lorelei!

  38. How incredibly fun! Never did this with jewelry so I'm anxious to give it a try! Did something like this with paintings.
    :) Linda

  39. I'd love to participate in this. To own a piece of jewelry with other artists adding their own special touch is exciting.

  40. ooooooooooooo!! Pick me Pick me!!

    come on lucky number generator!!! ;-)

    I would love to participate too!

  41. It is 1:21 in the morning and I have to get up for work in 4 hours (what?!)--yet here I am reading your blog, Lorelei. Must be for a reason....

    I am game.


  42. So creative... can't wait
    ynwilly at sbcglobal dot net

  43. lilruby9/20/2009

    Darn - I just found out about this so I'm too late - but I'd love to be considered if you do another one-


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