Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bling Bling Bling

I am very happy to be a part of the beading bloggers program with Artbeads.com. Not only are they super friendly and nice to deal with, they encourage me to try new products I would probably would not have otherwise.

So with that said, I was given the choice of a vast array of cubic zirconia beads. Hmm, Nice. There were so many shapes, sizes, colors, all beautiful. I randomly picked some lavender and black shapes with a vague idea of a necklace and earrings set. I'm not much of a stringer-type beader and earrings always leave me stumped. Definitely a personal challenge to come up with something decent.

So I drifted through some blogs and came back once again to Marcia DeCoster. I couldn't believe she had made a pair of earrings using the exact beads I had just ordered! Fate. I quickly ordered up her latest book Beaded Opulence, and then since I was in the book buying frame of mind, tossed in another one I've been wanting for a while; Rachel Nelson-Smith's Seed Bead Fusion (both of which I would highly recommend).

Anyhooo, this is what I came up with. I so wish the pictures were better. These CZ beads are so incredibly beautiful - full of facets and a nice heavy feel.

The pendant is crowned with Rachel's small version of her oothecal bede. So much fun to watch it develop.Can you believe the facets in this pendant?? LOVE ITThis is Marcia's medici drop earring design. Quick and easy and elegant - could you ask for anything more? Believe me when I tell you these drops are just as faceted as the big pendant (it's just my lame photo skills that make them look a bit blah)
But the best part was seeing Meghan wear it to the winter formal ! (The earrings were a bit too long for her taste--go figure)

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FTC Fine print: I received the aforementioned cubic zirconia beads free of charge from Artbeads.com in exchange for my honest opinion on the product. I did not receive any additional compensation other than the product.

5 comments:

dochoamom said...

OOOh Lynn... those look wonderful... Mehgan is quite the beautiful model. Can't wait to see what you do next... Marcia's book is on my list too...

Love, Deb

*~tabby~* crooked heart art said...

hi lynn
just stunning!! both your beadwork and your model!! :)
love the colors and shapes
off to ck out the books you suggested time for me to learn some new stitches
many thanks for sharing
enjoy your day
tabby :D

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Beautiful work!!!!

Tracey N. said...

Wow Lynn, this set is GORGEOUS!! I love it, especially the earrings. What a beautiful girl you have!

Pursuing Art... said...

Oh,Lynn...GORGEOUS necklace and earring set that you created! Your daughter is just beautiful and what a thrill that she wore it to the winter formal! Awesome. ;-)