Monday, April 26, 2010

Azalea Crazy with Art Beads!

My yard is loaded with Azalea's right now. I love being outside in the morning with my coffee looking at them. Three colors, white, light pink and dark pink, paint my yard. No more winters blahs here!

I wanted to make something fun, something different with the Glass Bead selection I got in my summertime package from Art Beads. Using the azalea's as my inspiration this morning I made this.

Azalea Crazy

I made three rings using 47-402-SP - Copper 14g Round Wire, 20' (Solid Copper) from Rings & Things. Hammered the rings to give them some character, and wire wrapped them closed with 47-406-SP - Copper 22g Round Wire, 125' (Solid Copper).

Once I had made my links, I used the 22 ga copper wire and made wire wrap links with the FP-AMYLT6 - Czech Fire Polished Bead - Light Amethyst - 6mm *. I used these to hold the links together. Then I did a sloppy ( I like to call it artistic ) wrap of copper on the CR-SP064 - Czech Glass Yellow Tiger's Eye Large Spade * and secured them to the links. Next I made dangles with CR-FL197 - Czech Glass Lily Flower White Luster * and CR-RL099 - Opaque Green w/ Half Picasso Roundelle * and added them. This is a fun and colorful pendant ready to be worn for all of your summer time fun!!

This was an idea of building a puzzle pendant. Several pieces wire wrapped together to make a pendant. I used 16 ga sterling for the frame of the pendant and 22 ga sterling wire to wrap the pieces together and to wrap the amethyst glass onto the frame. I know the direction I want to go in now, so I can't wait to make another one ;)

See more fun with ArtBeads tomorrow!!

*FTC compliance disclosure: the '*' items mentioned in this post credited to Art Beads were provided as a promotional gift as part of the Blogging for Beaders Program. These items are for review or design purposes.

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