Hi, it is me again with yet another blog hop or challenge review. It has been a very busy week around here! This time, I would like to welcome you in to take a peek at Lisa Lodge's Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop. Several months ago, Lisa offered participants the chance to work with natural gemstones and participate in her hop. I love natural stones. so I couldn't wait to participate in this one.
Lisa is always so generous with her kits!! These pictures show just a bit of the wonderful items she sent me to work with. The gemstone in my kit is black vein jasper. I received tons of beads in this stone. Rectangles, coins, different sized faceted beads and rounds. The metal side of the hop included a pretty clasp, two different kinds of spacer beads, some chain, cones, and connectors.
When I sat down to design, the one thing I felt was missing from the collection was a bit of color. The black, white and grey in the black vein jasper is very bold and adding just the metal spacers made my design ideas kind of one dimensional. So, I looked for a color that would work well with the stone and metal.
I settled on red as my accent colors for my pieces. It is a strong color and compliments the grey, white and black in the jasper nicely. To add my signature touch of sparkle, I included some Swarovski crystals in jet with an AB finish, so they are a glittery shade of grey.
I was careful when picking the rectangles of jasper to match up the colors so the beads display all the variety of color in the stones. I used some of the metal lentil spacers to separate the stones and then added barrel shaped red glass beads for that pop of color. I then finished off the necklace with the crystals, smaller faceted jasper beads and then connected it to the chain that Lisa provided. Unfortunately, I damaged the clasp she gave me so I had to use one of my own.
Next, I designed a bracelet that can either be worn with the necklace or stand well on its own. I used faceted rodelles and one oval shaped of the jasper beads,as well as these neat metal spacers that are different than those on the necklace. I used red for the color pop, this time, using glass beads that remind me of little perfume bottles. Finally, the Swarovski crystals appear again for additional sparkle.
I couldn't make jewelry and not put together a pair of earrings! Here I used more of those silver spacers from the necklace and small jasper rondelles. I chose two oval glass beads in a bright red and added a crystal at the end so that all the pieces tied together.
It was lots of fun participating in the Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop and I want to thank our hostess, Lisa Lodge, again for giving me the opportunity to participate. Please take some time to visit the other artists on the hop and see what they created. Thanks for visiting!
Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
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Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Big Margaret
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware (May be delayed a few days)
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Judy Campbell, Macmillanmarie Jewellery Design
Nan Smith, Handmade Jewelry Nanmade
Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn JewelryLisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs