The Big Blog Event!

Welcome to the Bohemian Inspired Jewelry Blog Event! Thanks for stopping by! It's such an exciting time right now with the recent release of our book!

Here's what's happening this weekend!

The Blog event is comprised of about 30 bloggers who will be chatting on their own blogs about the book. They were encourage to possibly make projects or talk about how the book has inspired their own cord and ribbon projects. Please check out the Beading Daily post to see the list of participants.

The Polyvore challenge is very cool. Erin and I donated 2 necklaces to send to the ultimate winner of the challenge, but they are also the starting point to the Polyvore outfits that participants will be creating. You can find out more about the challenge at the Beading Daily blog, here.

For my post, I decided to try my hand at a few of the other projects in the book.For this first one, I chose Erin Siegel's Elements of Earth project. This is one of my favorite pieces that Erin created for this book. It's a choker, but my rendition using this similar technique, is a bracelet.

I chose to use some very large glazed ceramic rounds from Lisa Peters art. The bead bunches that I used are larger 8mm wood rounds with abalone inlaid on one side. I used a deep purple waxed linen cording and faceted Czech glass beads which are quite a bit bigger than the seed beads Erin uses.

I chose a funky button that has some abalone shell on it, and it matches perfectly with the other elements in this piece. I also used a couple of cool lampwork glass beads on the ends of the bracelet.  I have to be honest. I didn't follow the instructions. I know I know. It's terrible. But by the time I figured it out it was too late to turn back. So instead of re-threading the seed beaded strands through the holes of the ceramic beads,  I just beaded them on the outside and tied overhand knots. The reason this doesn't work, is that the seed beaded strands slip off the ceramic beads quite easily.

oh well. It is what is it. The bracelet still looks cool and I am happy with the end result!

The second piece, I created my own rendition of Mary Jane Dodd's earrings, Unfolding. I used some polymer clay beads from Doreen Willey, Bronze bead caps from Lesley Watt, and created the same beaded and linen fringe. The earring design is just like Mary Jane's project. Instead of making my own earwires, I used some brass leverback wires.

Here is a photo of Mary Jane's Earring project from the book:

 The other good news is, I am giving away a copy of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry to one lucky winner- to enter, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me, Do you follow beading instructions word for word or do you use your visual intuition to figure it out?

I will be picking a random winner for the giveaway on Sunday evening, June 24th.

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