Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Free Bead Challenge Reveal...

At the beginning of November Lesley Watt of Thea Too posted a giveaway for a free bead. She also included the opportunity for additional participants to pay shipping only and receive a free bead. It could be any of the beads pictured above or one of several others. Of course I am unable to pass up any opportunities to challenge myself these days so I of course signed up and was delighted to be selected to participate. I sent my payment for shipping and waited for my bead to arrive.

My wonderful bead arrived...while I was sick, preparing for a show and trying to finish my 7000 bracelets donation. Completely out of character for me, I set the bead aside and told myself to wait...there's plenty of creating time, don't push. My show ended December 2...the next day I realized I had just over a week and nothing created...not even a hint of design idea!

At that point I began rummaging my stash. As you can see the bead I received is very colorful which was perfect for is a bit larger than I usually work with but I decided it would be great with just a few beads in just the right coordinating colors. After looking at silver, copper and brass I decided on brass since it gave the orange a warm tone.

A couple of bead dangles along the chain and a tassel under the bead gives the necklace movement while keeping the design simple. I am really pleased with the way it all came together.

Thanks so much to Lesley for offering this bead challenge. Be sure to visit the other participants below and check out all their great creations too!

Lesley Watt -
Cory Tompkins -
Rebecca Anderson -
Marie Cramp -
Claire Braunbarth -
Heidi Post -
Tiffany Smith -
Sharyl Macmillan-Nelson -
Ailsa Cordner -
Linda Landig -
Caroline Dewison -
Renetha -
Kari Asbury -
Katherine Gale -


  1. Hi Kari, great design, it suits the bead beautifully! Hope you are feeling better.
    Best wishes, Claire x

  2. Great design Kari - I love that you turned the beads on it's side which allows you to see more of the detail. A very striking piece. Thank you very much for taking part in the challenge.

  3. A truly gorgeous bead and I love what you did. I am a sucker for picasso glass so those beads really make the piece come to life.

  4. Loving all the different colour combinations in this hop, I think the orange and dark blue has to be my favourite! Lovely unusual design! x

  5. I really love what you did with it. Simple, yet very funky and elegant.

    Happy creating!

  6. What a gorgeous focal you got! Great colors, and such a cool necklace you've made :)

  7. I love how you place that beautiful focal on the chain. I have never seen a design like that. Great job.

  8. Wow, such an innovative design, I love it. x

  9. Oh yes, great choice on the chain and simple curated selections. I think you have a sophisticated but still totally fun piece, way ta go

  10. love this necklace the color just pops

  11. Oh, you got one of the 'petal' flower beads! I like your choice of simple yet elegant design, it just effectively shows that beauty off.

  12. Thanks ladies for all the great compliments! The bead is truly gorgeous but was a challenge for me because it's so large...I was happy with the final design but it's great to have such positive feedback on it from all of you.

  13. First of all--it's a beautiful bead. But aren't you clever to lay that bead on its side! That's exactly the sort of thing I must think to try in my designs. Do the unexpected! This turns your necklace into something stunning and extraordinary!

  14. Oh wow what a lovely bead and you did such a great job with it!! Like everyone else I love that you turned it on it's side really makes it stand out!!

  15. You received a gorgeous bead and I love what you did with it. The way you placed it up a little ways on the chain is inspired. Lovely!

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  17. Nice collection of all beads. All stuff are really loving . Simple and best.

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