You may remember a few weeks back that I won a set of beads through Artbeads' "Tuscon Ten" contest. So, part two of the contest was to create a design using those beads, with the beads making up at least 50% of the design. Usually, I just let inspiration come to me when thinking about jewelry pieces, so it was different to have the parameters of my design set by the beads in hand. The biggest challenge I faced was figuring out how to combine the different sets of beads, which I may not think to put together under other circumstances.
In the end, I designed two necklaces. The intent was that they could be worn separately, or together. The first necklace used the giraffe beads combined with the tiny peacock pearls, and wire wrapped together with antiqued brass wire. The second necklace tied in the antiqued brass with chain, and I decided to go with a lariat style so that I could feature a couple of the larger beads at each end. I think the end result ended up being pretty cool!
Now onto the second part of the contest though. I could win a giftcard from Artbeads for my design and could use your help! If you could take a minute to vote for my design, please scoot on over to this Facebook page. Voting is open through May 20th. You can also check out the designs on the Tuscon Ten Pinterest Board. Thanks all!