Friday, October 18, 2013

Seed Bead and Metal Blog Hop

Sharyl, from Sharyl's Jewelry and Shirley Moore, from Beads and Bread teamed up to offer a special blog hop.

Sharyl specializes in metal components, while Shirley does wonders with seed beads.  These ladies combined their pieces into a kit and invited their readers to play along.

Of course, I didn't think to take pictures when I received my components.

The beaded component I received was the "d" shaped one in the top left of Sharyl's photo.

The metal components I received were the dark copper circles in the top left of Sharyl's photo.

Sharyl also sent a clasp component that I'll show you below.

I'll be honest.  I had no idea what to do with these components.  I knew I wanted to use them all in one piece, but wasn't sure where to even start.

The copper circles were slightly domed.  I put them back to back and wondered if I could attach them somehow.  Then it hit me -- I could bezel them.

I chose colors that complimented Shirley's component.

The pendant is reversible.  Unfortunately, I didn't take full advantange and use different colors on the front and back.  I will next time, though. :)

After a while of staring at the pendant, I came up with the idea to connect it to Shirley's component.

The beads I used don't quite match, but it's hard to tell.

I *loved* the completed pendant and really wanted to showcase it, so I made a simple chain of half persian 4 in 1 to complete the necklace.

You may not be able to tell, but I changed the way the chain attaches.  In the close up above, the chain attached at the sides of the pendant.  In the photo above, it attaches at the middle.  I like the second way better.

I used the other of Sharyl's components as part of the clasp.  I created the hook on the right side and was able to slide it into the middle of Sharyl's component on the left.

I love the way this turned out and will be calling on Sharyl for more of her domed circles.  I can see several of these in the future.

Sharyl and Shirley, thank you so much for the components and the challenge.  I had fun and am so happy with how it turned out!

Please take some time to visit the rest of the participants.

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson -- Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections (*Co-Host)
Shirley Moore -- Beads and Bread (*Co-Host) 
Candy Wham -- (Participant posting on Sharyl's blog
Angi Mullis -- (Participant posting on Sharyl's blog
Laren Dee Barton -- Laren Dee Designs
Beti Horvath -- Stringing Fool
Tanya Goodwin -- A Work in Progress - you are here
Marybeth Rich -- Forest of Jewels
Amy Severino -- AmyBeads
Carolyn's Creations -- Carolyn's Creations
Toltec Jewels -- Jewel School Friends


  1. Aren't you something! Looks like your metal work on that clasp is just as nice as your bead and design work! I love your chain too, Tanya!

    This is such a lovely pendant you've designed using parts from all three of us! You do everything with great style and attention to detail. I'm always very honored to collaborate with you! Thanks for participating in our challenge!

  2. I love what you did with the components. Hops like this really stretch us and that's what makes them so great.

  3. Tanya - when I saw your name on the list I was excited to see where you would take this challenge, and as usual, you didn't disappoint! Bezel-ing the metal component - ingenious! This piece is great and the chain goes fantastic with these components!

  4. Oh heavens, you smart woman! I so wish I had thought of putting them back to back, that was brilliant! You did a great job matching the colors, and I am so loving that rope! It makes me want to try chain maille again...(no, no, no, I've got too many irons in the fire now to take on something else!)
    You really rocked this challenge Tanya! Thanks for joining us!

  5. Tanya I always love to see your bead weaving! you make it seem so effortless - but I know it's not because I've tried and it never comes out like your's! Really beautiful piece

  6. How clever! Love the necklace you have created. I like to see how everyone has met the challenges presented.

  7. Love, love, love it!!! It is a great idea to bezel the metal component and I absolutely prefer the second version (how the chain attaches)!!!

  8. Stunningly creative use of Shirley's focal with Sharyl's metal component!! Love how you created a clasp, great idea, appreciate that idea so much. The creation of the necklace chain is amazing, as well. Your beads look nearly identical, I don't think anyone would question their use here. I appreciate that you tried hanging two different ways, like them both but I think my fav is yours, too. Just beautiful workmanship, creativity, design - wowza!! Laren :)

  9. I love your necklace. What a creative use of the components!

  10. Hi Tanya,
    Your work never ceases to amaze me! Your necklace is gorgeous! I love that you took the two disks and put them together using a beaded bezel that goes very well with Shirley's beaded component. Oh and your chain goes so well with the pendant. I love, love ,love this piece.

  11. You seem to transition effortlessly between metals and weaving. I know there is nothing effortless about jewelry making, but your pieces just seem that way. What a beautiful piece! And I really love the chain you made~great flow and support without taking away from the focus.

  12. Tanya - I'm so in awe of anyone who has the patience for bead weaving, and there are so many talented bead weavers in this hop! Your design is amazing! Love the idea of weaving a bezel for the metal discs and it perfectly compliments Shirley's bead. Beautiful job!