Lorelei Eurto has a knack for finding, and having a vision for, beads that I would normally pass over. Case in point: her first Michaels challenge. I would have not looked twice at those resin sliders, but wow, am I glad that Lorelei did.
This time around, Lorelei found several different types of beads and asked her readers to show her what we could do with them.
I dove into the challenge without really having a plan.
However, the brown disc beads were calling my name. I remembered a design from Cindy Holsclaw and decided to try it with the disc beads. Cindy's Squared Circles Beaded Bead was perfect.
Cindy has more wonderful patterns for sale on her website, Bead Origami. You can also see her newest designs on her blog.
I had my focal beads, but needed to put them together with the other beads. After a bit of experimentation (okay, quite a bit of experimentation), I came up with this.
I found a few rectangle beads in my stash (also from Michaels) and thought they matched the rustic nature of the beaded beads. I wanted to use a bit of leather, so I added a few embellishments to mirror the design on the rectangle beads.
I really like this necklace. I would never have put these beads together, but I really like how they look. I am a bit sad that I didn't use the white beads, but I'll save those for the next challenge.
The first time I wore this necklace, I received so many compliments. Everyone especially loved the owl button, something I would never have added on my own. Thank you, Lorelei.
Please take a few minutes to visit Lorelei's blog to see what the other participants did with these beads. I know you won't be disappointed.