Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Bling Ring

Say this 3 times fast:

~ spring bling ring ~
~ spring bling ring ~
~ spring bling ring ~
Pretty hard, huh?

This Toho Crystal Flower ring kit was way easier to make than saying that tongue twister.

I am really really happy with the way this ring came together. I think a lot had to do with the quality of the beads - look at how uniform those baby bugles are. And I really liked using the filigree base as a template. I'd like to try that technique again. I would guess the whole ring from start to finish took less than an hour. It seemed much more complicated than it was.

I see Artbeads has a few other designs of this kit, so I know my next order will include at least one - I especially like this black agate design.

On to the crystals, pearls, and xilion components. For some reason, a lattice design was spinning through my head. I had done some netting before, making ball ornament covers, but never in a piece of jewelry.

Looks kind of strange laid out flat, but

I like the way it looks on and it feels good too. And the ring matches :) The sterling silver clasp can be fastened with one hand! Yippee! I was hoping it could. It's a really nifty design, in that there are two 'push buttons' on the ends that release the clasp. I love how the clasp is seamless when connected and it is very secure.
Meghan flipped when she saw it - for some reason she just loves this bracelet. I guess coming from a 16-year-old, that says a lot!

Don't forget to check out this week's Beading for a Cure auctions! Hope everyone has a good day/evening! See you soon.


Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

the ring came out really neat. i'm always a little intimidated by the kits, because i'm not sure if i know the stitches that will be required. do they give instructions on that? the bracelet is gorgeous! i love your selection of spring beads. beautiful work!

Carol said...

Love the ring especially. I'm a ring nut. I'm off to check out the other ring kits.

Carol said...

I think everyone rushed over there without leaving a comment....the kits are gone!

Tracey N. said...

Love the ring Lynn! You didn't waste any time getting these beauties done either! The bracelet is definitely Springy, both in color and design. I am completely in love with Artbeads! I can thank you for that! Hugs!!

Lisa Crone said...

Oh wow, these are both great designs!! Looking at these makes me want to stitch! :) Thank you for your kind words, by the way :) -Lisa

Anonymous said...

Hello Lynn,

The ring you created is gorgeous! Ok, we don't have Spring season here but reading and hearing people describe it - I too agree it is the perfect thing to wear. Then again, not only for one season but whole year round. :-)

SO sad it took me long to visit again, but there are just things in life that happens and you get caught up with it. I;m starting to catch up!