Saturday, June 30, 2012

Kristi Bowman Design Big Hole Challenge

Kristi, of Kristi Bowman Design, created some fabulous big hole components and decided to have a challenge! I did not win one of the giveaway beads, but I did purchase one to take part in the challenge! I love the one she sent me - sunflower! I had an idea in my head immediately what I wanted to do!  I created the disc bead from a peach colored Bullseye glass, and connected it to the big hole bead with a floral copper bead cap and a copper disc, and a hand-made balled-end head pin!  I made the bail, too, as a way to connect it!  Turned out quite cool!
I used this gorgeous copper patinated clasp I received from someone (sorry, someone, I believe is was from a bead swap or challenge) because it just matched so perfectly.
I used GORGEOUS sunstone beads that I had in my stash, and copper seed beads in the design too!
I made the necklace slightly asymmetrical by stringing the sunstone beads that way, and finished the necklace with copper chain and a gorgeous orange silk cord!  This is actually the second necklace I created with this piece.  The first one had lower quality sunstone beads that I had found first, and the silk cord was used by itself without the chain. 
It looks SOOOOOO much better to me this way and I have to say I am totally thrilled with it!  My son even said, wow, if I was a girl, I'd wear it!  Thanks for visiting!
If you want to see what everyone else made, check out the list below!  And have fun!

24 comments:

Kristi Bowman said...

Stunning Sue, I love how you used that piece of glass, it almost makes it looks like a toggle but it's not. Beautiful work as always my friend, thank you so much for joining my hop!

Kristen said...

Sue this is soooo stunning! I love the soft beauty of it.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

What a lovely necklace! Nice praise from your son, too! Everything matches so well, it looks like it was "made for each other".

Jean A. Wells said...

Your necklace is absolutely gorgeous. I love the sun stone beads with the copper. I am just blown away by those of you that can create your own components. Just amazing. Great job!

stacilouise said...

Sue- great use of the color, it truely does make it a sunflower!!!!
I like it as a pendant like that! I originally was going to do a pendant too, but mine never turn out too great;) YOurs did!

pam ferrari said...

Gorgeous Sue!

Alice said...

Gorgeous! I love how you used your own lampwork disc as a connector! How clever! The beads and other elements you used really show of the donut so well!

Karen Williams said...

Very fun! I love the color of your sandstones and how well they (and all of your components) blend color-wise. Such a warm, sunny piece!

Karen Williams said...

Very fun! I love how well your sunstones, and all your other components work with the Kristi's copper focal, both color-wise and and in theme.

I'd definitely wear this! :)

Alicia said...

I love it! And your son is absolutely right (make him a more 'manly' one :))

TetheredCat said...

Very pretty! I love the sunstones with the focal. They really accent it perfectly! -Heather, from thecrafthopper.com

Jennifer Cameron said...

If your son says he would wear it if he was a girl, that is a huge complement. I have yet to hear my son say anything close to that. haha! I love how you stacked the focal and the use of the silk cord. Gorgeous work. I would wear it AND I'm a girl ;-)

Dragonfly Close said...

Love the necklace, this is something I would totally wear, and I am not even an "orange" person. It's simple yet very classic. I just love how everyone approached things so differently!

Dragonfly Close said...

Sue, I love your piece. It's very classic. I love the way you added the button piece without taking away from Kristi's component.

Dragonfly Close said...

Sue, I love your piece. It's very classic. I love the way you added the button piece without taking away from Kristi's component.

Dragonfly Close said...

Sue, I love your piece. It's very classic. I love the way you added the button piece without taking away from Kristi's component.

Dragonfly Close said...

Sue, I love your piece. It's very classic. I love the way you added the button piece without taking away from Kristi's component.

Dragonfly Close said...

Sue, I love your piece. It's very classic. I love the way you added the button piece without taking away from Kristi's component.

Dragonfly Close said...

Sue, I love your piece. It's very classic. I love the way you added the button piece without taking away from Kristi's component.

Genea said...

Oh look you got a flower donut too! he he. Oh I love the sunstone with it! Do you know I was going to use sunstone with mine too! I had these amazing little pieces, and I NEVER use stone so I gave them away! *slaps forehead* Ack!

I love how you assembled everything and followed the wonderful coppery color of the donut.

xo Genea

Dragonfly Close said...

Sue, this is such a classic and timeless piece! I am not normally an orange person, but I would wear this necklace, too! It's very elegant.

Kashmira said...

So pretty!

Lori Anderson said...

That's so pretty and rich!

Barb Fernald said...

I love what you did with this bead. What a pretty necklace!