Spring is certainly in the air. The temperatures are getting warmer each day and the flowers are starting to bud in my backyard. As a welcome to spring Michelle Mach hosted a Suddenly Spring Challenge and today is the big reveal. Twenty Two people are participating in this challenge. Each person was given the opportunity to purchase a pre-strung bracelet of aqua crystal beads and sparkly crystal rondelles and to turn it into something spring.
I certainly could have worn the bracelet as is, it was quite sparkly and the color a very pretty icy aqua blue. But since we were challenged to re purpose the beads, I had to come up with something different. My dilemma was whether to stay with something familiar or to go for something different. I decided that I should probably should go the something different route. I made two bracelets from the aqua crystals in this bracelet and saved the rondelles for another project. One of the things that I wanted to accomplish was to add fibers to my pieces. I had purchase some Sari silk back in the winter but had not yet used it in a jewelry piece. The colors in the silk screamed spring to me. I decided to crochet a base out of the Sari silk for the first piece. I rounded up some flowers and leaves that I had in my stash in the same aqua color. I added them to the base with some artistic wire, added a cute button and immediately had a spring time bracelet.
The second bracelet was made using memory wire, seed beads, flowers, crystals, and silver along with some sari silk bows for accents.
Both pieces are totally different but both say spring to me. What do you think? Please check out these other sites to see what "spring time" ideas they all came up with and enjoy.
Michelle - Beads & Books [Hostess]
Andrew - The Writing & Art of Andrew Thornton
Christa - Adventures of One Beady Woman
Dita - Alankarshilpa
Donetta - Simply Gorgeous
Erin - Erin Siegel Jewelry
Heather - As I Bead It
Jean - Snap Out of It Jean - There's Beading to Be Done!
Karen - Over the Moon Design
Kate - We Can Make That At Home
Kay - Palm Coast Art
Kim - CianciBlue
Kristina - Wild Roses and Blackberries
Linda - Lindy's Designs <---- you are here
Lisa - Pine Ridge Treasures
Marlene - Amazing Designs by Marlene
Michelle - Reverie & Revival
Pam - The Crazy Creative Corner
Renetha - Lamplight Crafts
Sharyl - Catchenthesun
Terry - Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Therese - Therese's Treasures