One of my goals this year was to get more involved in beading challenges, so when Michelle Mach offered up another challenge I was right onboard. I had participated in her winter challenge with the Chinook Designs ceramic focal. Even though it was very challenging for me to do something different, I enjoyed it.
Michelle recently offered up some pre-strung bracelets in icy blue for a spring challenge. The challenge is to take a finished piece of jewelry and recreate something for spring -- new colors, new designs. There are only 26 participants and looking over the list it is pretty intimidating based on their work. I could have worn the bracelet as is, it is quite lovely and the colors sparkle, however that would not be meeting the requirements of the challenge. There are ideas running through my head of what I could do with these lovelies. My dilemma, do I make something that I am comfortable with, something that is pretty but sort of ho hum, or do I work outside my comfort zone and do something different.
A big portion of this challenge for me is to offer up my work for viewing and criticism - not necessarily written criticism, people in the beading world are generally kind and generous and don't write negative things about your work on your blog, but in my mind. Well I'm going to get out of my comfort zone and go for it. Check back next week to see whether I did comfortable or something new. The reveal date is March 13th. I'm excited to see what everyone came up with and how they transformed this lovely little bracelet into something "spring".