Saturday, July 5, 2014

Creative Spark E-Magazine Reveal & Blog Hop

Creative Spark Hot Summer Days, Cool Summer Nights REVEAL!
I am fortunate to be part of the ZnetShows Creative Spark E-Magazine Design team.  The latest issue for summer can be seen HERE.  We were presented the challenge of using the beautiful pieces of sea glass in a bounty of shapes from the ZnetShows vast product line.  Our theme for this magazine issue was Hot Summer Days, Cool Summer Nights and we were asked to create two pieces for day wear (casual and fun) and two for evening wear (more dressy).

This was the bead design package I received.  Aren't they lovely!  I was thrilled with the variety of shapes and colors.  
My designs can be found on page 84-87 and I have several quotes throughout the pages as well.
My Daytime Designs:
Gypsy Wanderer
I think of all the pieces I designed this one was my favorite.  I have recently been designing Bohemian-style jewelry and the funky shaped links and pendant spoke to me for this style of design.  I began by creating the multiple strand necklace using various size 6, 8, and 11 seed beads in a variety of colors, but they all have the picasso finish.  I added several handmade lampwork glass spacers, made by my talented hubby, Chris.  I wanted to keep the design simple, so I stuck just with the glass spacers and seed beads for the strands.  I used two beautiful antique brass tulip bead cones to bring the strands together, and topped them with two more spacers before adding a simple lobster clasp also in antique brass.  I like the large size and the bit of design on the sides of the clasp.  I worked the pendants/links in as I strung the strand using large brass jump rings so they nestled right between the glass spacers.  To finish the focal, I added some large ring chain just to connect them together.  Of course, a necklace needs matching earrings, which were created with a couple more glass spacers, Swarovski crystals, and sea glass rondelles from my bead mix.

Next up, Citrus Summer.
This piece is a mixture of the sea glass, Czech glass, Chinese crystals, tagua nut two holed spacers, size 11 seed beads, and rulla two holed seed beads.  I incorporated two diamond shaped sea glass pendants into one by flipping them so that one piece had the hole at the top and one had the hole at the bottom, and they were stacked together.  I wired them with 22 gauge silver Parawire and added a matte finish Czech glass teardrop bead for a bit of movement.  You can see the detail better in this photo.  I also created matching earrings for this set.

Purple Linen
This fun piece, created using the purple barrel sea glass beads from by bead mix.  I wanted to make a charm bracelet, but wanted to do it in a different style.  Wandering back to the Bohemian design, I tied the beads on to the chain using waxed Irish linen cord in two colors that coordinated with the bead I chose.  I added Chinese crystal rounds and tiny 2mm rondelles.  Again, I made matching earrings (do you sense a theme here?!!).  I really love the movement of this design, though it was quite difficult to get a picture of it.

Day at the Beach
This fun set is almost entirely sea glass.  The dangles are two different shapes in white and aqua.  I used ball end headpins on the white dangles, and regular headpins with a small crystal on the ends to prevent the beads from sliding off.  On each side I added simple dangles using Chinese crystals.  The pair of earrings are a definite favorite, as they are just fun!  I used the sand dollar links from my bead mix (original idea was a charm bracelet with them, but couldn't get the design idea to work) and a cute little crab charm dangle.  Strangely enough, after creating this design, I saw one in the same style in a department store!  Who knew I was so on target with my designs!

My Nighttime Designs:
Vintage Seaside Glamour
For this design, I started with silver floating ring charm chain.  To the chain I added the freeform sea glass rings and sea glass rondelles (wired vertically so they lie flat) and a variety of Swarovski pearls and crystals.  The pendant is a vintage Swarovski from a design prize package I received a couple years ago.  The earrings use the same rondelles (strung as beads this time) with more vintage Swarovski crystals from my prize package.  This set would be lovely with a dressy, light linen dress for dinner on the beach!

My Final Design (I saved the best for last)~
This piece was just fun to make.  I used a bunch of sea glass in this one.  You will find rondelles, long drops, and curved bottle neck dangles.  I added a bit of Czech glass and Chinese crystals.  The bottle neck pieces were a bit of a challenge due to the fact that my jump rings were all the wrong sizes to make them into dangles.  So I improvised.  I did a bit of wire wrapping on all of them and the long teardrops as well.  I left the wire as a design element and I was able to add them as dangles with wire wrapping.  I used a 22 or 24 gauge wire on them.  The earrings had to use the fun, funky bottle pieces and again I used a Czech glass teardrop in a lime matte finish.  I love this piece, it has movement, makes a bit of noise, and is funky!  I see this with a long but simple black dress, which could be casual for daytime, but dressed up for evening with this set!

Well now that you have seen all my designs, be sure to hop over and visit the other Creative Spark Designers!  Extra special thanks to Hope Smitherman for all of her hard work in putting all of us together in ONE magazine!

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CraftyHope said...

Oh, your pieces all have such style and flair to them!! And, you got so much made from that sea glass sample. I have to admit that my favorite of the bunch is that first boho one. All the color, the interesting elements, and the bohemian feel make it so much to my taste. I really love the addition of the chain to the bottom of the sea glass pieces you used as focals. What a cool element!

Ann Schroeder said...

I love your pieces. So much color and fun! Your first set is my favorite too because I love that boho look (your husbands beads are beautiful! I love the colors!) Love the citrus colors as well. The purple dangles with silver are great. I really love orange, so the last one is another favorite. I love the wire wrapping on it and the pops of yellow and green. Just lots of great work!

Andrea Trank said...

You really went to town with your mix. Great designs, so much to choe from. I love the funky first design and I love your names of your jewelry.

Kathy Lindemer said...

Your last two pieces are spectacular. I love the colors and designs. Well done!

Shaiha said...

They are all great designs! The one that keeps drawing my eyes back is your first one. I tend to love BoHo style jewelry and this is one of the best.

Renetha said...

Your last set is so colorful and festive. I would wear it in a heartbeat.

Anonymous said...

I really like all your designs but you were right to save the best for last. The hot and spicy vibrations make me want to get on my party dress and go salsa dancing!!!

Tammie Everly said...

All lovely and inventive pieces, but your nighttime seaside glamour piece takes the cake :-D nice job

Donetta said...

I adore the bohemian look, although I'm not very successful in implementing it for myself! You did so many beautiful things with all the beads you received!

Becky Pancake said...

Hi Stephanie, Great job on your designs. "Day at the Beach" and "Purple Linen" are my favorites.

Becky Pancake said...

Hi Tammie, I like both of your designs really a lot. The three connected rings make a great focal for the coke bottle green necklace. The purple bracelet is my favorite though.

Christine said...

Wow! Your pieces are very fun and creative!

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