Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rings & Things Blogger Challenge - Christmas baubles!

Am at home sick today with a bad head cold and sore throat. I am coming out of my self induced medicated coma and watching it rain outside. There is only so many hours a person can sleep a day. I am at that restless state. I sat at my work table trying to find something to do to keep me busy and to take my mind off of being sick.

I began to clean and organize, yet again. During my cleaning I saw the Christmassy lampwork beads from Rings & Things Blog Partner package. I have two more shows before Christmas so why not make something with these.

These little guys put me way out of my comfort zone. I am not a 'themed' creator. It is really difficult for me to use an item in a piece that is so limited in its use - season wise. I almost feel like a sell out creating what I have. Sometimes I guess you just have to go with what is obvious.

Here is what I used.

40-099-24-7 - Chain, Footage, Oval Curb, 10.5mm (Antiqued Copper Plated) *
28-333-59 - Christmas Tree Glass Bead (Limited Stock)(Green/Red/White)*
28-333-72 - Christmas Teddy Bear Glass Bead (Limited Stock)(Brown)*
28-333-73 - Christmas Penguin Glass Bead (Limited Stock)(Black/White)*
28-333-69 - Christmas Stocking Glass Bead (Limited Stock)(Green/Red)*
Random plastic beads from my inventory

I used head pins and created charms out of each of the beads. I added copper spacers to some and seed beads to others to keep the head of the pin from going thru the large hole. It adds a bit to the bead as well. I attached each with a jump ring to the chain. Using the jump ring as opposed to wrapping them directly to the chain links gives the charms more motion, and isn't that what you want with a charm bracelet?

Here's what I used.

28-333-67-211 - Gingerbread Man Glass Bead (Limited Stock)(Red)*
Lampwork bead from a repurposed bracelet
metal clip

The holes in these beads are big, making them very versatile with what you can string them on. This would be a cute zipper pull or back pack decoration for the holiday season.

These little lampwork cuties come on a strand of approx 15 - 17 beads and cost approx .50 each. How can you not use these for all of your holiday needs. Not only can you use them in jewelry/accessory designs as I have, but with the large hole, you can use them to decorate nearly everything. Try running ribbon through the hole and tying them to the packages!

This I made for myself. I love this little bottle. It is the cutest. I wanted to do something with it that would keep it with me all the time. Keychain! I filled the bottle with orange seed beads. Orange being the color of creativity. Then paired it up with magnesite, carnelian and citrine to round out the purpose I need this keychain for.

56-999-05-042 - Octagon Glass Bottle (Clear)*
Magnesite, 15x20mm Nugget Bead *

Magnesite brings a deep peace to meditation and relaxation. Magnesite can be very helpful in the practice of unconditional love in situations where relationships with other people are difficult because of their behavior or addictions. It helps you to feel centered, standing by, allowing the other person to be who they are without requiring them to change or be affected in anyway by their difficulties.

Carnelian is a stone of creativity, individuality and courage. It also brings a relief from anger, jealousy and fear. In addition it can help with manifestation of one’s desires, and brings good luck.

Citrine is known as a “success” stone because it is said in folklore to promote success and abundance, especially in business and commerce. Its lore also says that it enhances mental clarity, confidence, happiness and will power. Citrine is purported to bring good fortune, sometimes in very unexpected ways.

There is still time to order these little gems for your holiday needs. What would you do with them?

*FTC compliance disclosure: the '*' items mentioned in this post credited to Rings & Things were provided as a promotional gift as part of the Blog Partner Program. These items are for review or design purposes. Find out more about the Rings & Things Blog Partner Program

1 comment:

  1. Wow, love everything, but seriously, the bottle with the red seed beads and turquoise is TOO MUCH!! I might have to copy...isn't that the most sincere form of flattery? Hmm...