Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hoops Challenge Reveal Day

I was lucky enough to be chosen by the lovely Lorelei Eurto to participate in her Hoops Challenge! Today is the reveal day! She chose 6 people to make something with these gorgeous hoops from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio!  I had the pleasure of meeting both of them at Bead Fest Philly this year, and they are really some lovely people!

These are the hoops we were sent.  The challenge was to really go outside the box and make anything our heart desired. 
I really really wanted to make myself a necklace with these - I had them laying on my counter for a week in the design that I wanted to make.  But - I also wanted to do something different, to show you how flexible Karen's components are!  So!  I made ornaments!  I was looking at another piece I made at ArtBLISS two years ago, and had a vision for how I wanted these ornaments to be!  I really like the vintage feel of these hoops - not only in the shape, but in the color as well.  I used brass because I felt it went well with the Victorian feel I was looking for.
This one is made with chain, a handmade hanger, and two pearls separated by a rondelle spacer.  I really like it!

This one was made with one of my own sugar beads, a handmade hanger, and a plumb bob that to me looks kind of like a Christmas tree. 
Finally this pink one has a sugar bead, a handmade hanger, and three dangles - a heart charm, a bird, and a pearl.  I also used victorian/vintage looking bead caps on the lampwork bead, and I think they go very well with the theme I was trying to accomplish!

See the list of participants below, give them some love, and then go to Karen's shop to give her some love as well!  Thanks for stopping by!


http://northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com/
http://barbarasfernald.com/
http://elliesbijoux.blogspot.com/
http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/
http://musthavesjewelry.blogspot.com/
http://Lorelei1141.blogspot.com

17 comments:

Lorelei said...

LOVE EM!!! The hoops are perfect as ornaments! Hope you had a good time creating these. Thanks for participating!

Kristen said...

WOW I never would have made ornaments but I have to tell you I would love to see those hanging where I could look at them every day. What a great idea!!!!

Millie @ ammjewelry said...

What a wonderful idea to make ornaments! If there were two of the first ornament, I would wear them as earrings year round...enjoy your day.

Barb Fernald said...

You are one clever mama! I want all of these hanging on my tree. The sugar beads have a wintery feel to them. Perfect for Christmas tree ornaments. I loved knowing we were in this challenge together. I bow to you my friend for resisting the necklace urge! Great job!

Suzette said...

I love it...I did the same with my hoops...great minds think a like! Have a great day!

Sandra said...

great designs! I love the unexpected pearl in the first one.

Linda said...

Great idea,fun way to use the rings.

Alice said...

Such a clever idea to make ornaments! These are all darling and I love the sugar beads!

Deborah Boschert said...

Beautiful! You really created such lovely delicate designs for each ornament. Wow... those sugar beads are awesome.

Tanya said...

What a great use of the hoops. Your ornaments are all fantastic!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Cool idea Sue, love the ornaments! I hope you are signing up for Sally's ornament swap again this year, I loved being your swap partner last year!

BackstoryBeads said...

So inventive! Each is exquisite on its own, but I really, really love the second one - the teal and plum (and, oh! that sugar bead!)are fantastic together.

AliMc said...

Well this is a great use for these hoops! These would be perfect for my sister's tree.

Marie Cramp said...

These will look so lovely on your tree this year <3
Great job! These are very original and unique!

Patti Van said...

LOVE THESE! The hoops are ornaments are wonderful! Great job!

Karen Totten said...

Sue - these are so sweet! I love these ornaments! I never thought of this when making the hoops but what a perfect idea!

Sharyl said...

Such creative ornaments, Sue! I love these! (They would make great pendants or earrings too!)

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