Andrew Thortons Water & Fire Challenge

When Andrew Thorton posted the challenge for the Water & Fire kits, I knew I wanted in. I received the Fire Kit and really had a lot of fun with it. My first set I used the neat pendant that Andrew created and really love the pretty oranges, reds and yellows that I put with it.




My second necklace I created the pendant out of stained glass to go with the bead chips. I also incorporated some of the waxed linen thread into this too for my dangle.

My third necklace was inspired by a video I watched this week so added a little copper with my beads.
My next set I used more of the clear beads and added some copper chain.

I was determined to use as much of the kit as I could so finished with a bunch of earrings.

Lastly is my box of leftovers, it’s really hard to use up a whole kit but I tried. Thanks Andrew and William for great kits and challenges.

My partner for the Bead Soup Blog Hop

My partner for the Bead Soup Blog hop is the wonderful Rachel Mallis. She is so nice and sent me the most wonderful soup to play with. I wish I had more time to use everything up that she sent me but life has just been crazy here. I took time to make myself a beautiful necklace and then I was inspired to use the wood chain that she sent me and pair it with something that my son made me a few years ago but I never knew quite what to do with it but thought it would be perfect now. I didn’t think of it soon enough but I want to find a royal blue sari ribbon to run through the chain but since I don’t have that color in my stash I need to order some but ran out of time. I used what I had to give you an idea of what I want to do. I still have some beads left for a few things when I have more time. Rachel also shared some leaves with me that her Grandmother made out of tiny beads. I’m just going to hoard these as they look too fragile to use.  Thank you Rachel for being such a wonderful partner and for the great soup that was so neatly wrapped along with a great letter explaining everything.

Thank you also to Lori Anderson for hosting this hop again, you still put on the best hops. Here’s the link to the rest of the participants.

Now for the pictures of what I made.

Allegory Starling Wing Challenge

image image imageIts time for the Starling Wing Reveal. I was thinking it was a little later in the month but managed to get lots accomplished when I sat down to work on the kit.

Nugget beads are a real struggle for me so after I made a couple pairs of earrings I decided I was using the nuggets this time. I wired wrapped them and attached to each other as I went. I’m very happy with how my necklace turned out.


Thank you to Andrew and William for coming up with these challenges. Can’t wait to see how everyone else used the kit.

Andrew Thorton Mystery Challenge Blog Hop


My latest copper pendants

Copper pendantsThis is what I have been working on this week. The NATPA one is an order for a gal in our tractor pulling group. I tried something new to me and made a Grandmas necklace with the grandkids names as the dangles. Not sure yet if I should take orders on something similar at the craft show or not.

Peace Challenge

image image imageThis summer I had a wonderful opportunity to take some metal smithing classes from Natalie Sorenson here in town.  To end the season she created a challenge to make something with a  kit and use a peace sign in it.

I started with a sketch but nothing seemed to work out. At one point I almost tossed the pendant when I discovered my peace sign was deteriating from too much heat. But I tried again and finally came up with this. I made my own chain, I liked doing that and think I may have to try that again.


Andrew Thorntons Brave Angel Reveal

When Andrew posted this challenge I couldn’t resist because I have a two year anniversary coming up in January.  I loved the component so I made a necklace with matching earrings. Then since earrings were so fun I just continued making them although I still have beads left.

Thanks Andrew for another wonderful challenge. Make sure you check to see what the others have made.image image

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