Sunday 24 October 2010

The Lejonklou and de Koning Challenge

Lucky me! I have a new beading buddy - Birgitta Lejonklou, a Swedish lady who makes absolutely wonderful jewellery, check her beautiful stuff at these three places: Etsy, Website and Blog. I strongly recommend it. You will be VERY inspired.

We got in contact thanks to Lorelei's Michael's Challenge, which we both participated in. Thank you Lorelei! And now we have been mailing every day since. Yesterday we decided to have our own personal challenge just between the two of us. We settled on this set up, in three parts:
  1. I pick out 2 piles of the same beads from my own stash for a "party piece" of jewellery (think christmas or new years). I send one of the piles to Birgitta. We make a piece each on the theme including the chosen beads, and present it on our blogs.
  2. Birgitta picks 2 piles of the same beads and a chain/chains for a "chain necklace". She sends me one of the piles. Same as for the "party piece".
  3. We shall make a piece of man's jewellery and present on Wednesday this week. We both find male jewellery difficult ... so it is a real challenge for both of us. And we chose a short deadline for this one to push ourselves.
Just realized we haven't decided on a deadline for piece 1 and 2 yet. I'll have to get back on that.

So today I picked these beads from my excisting stash, and I managed to get two exactly the same piles. Tomorrow I will send them to Birgitta.
2 Chrysophrase diagonally drilled wavy squares 20mm
1 square 20mm green facetted green glass sparkly Swarowsky style (or is it Swarowsky? I don't know.)
34 white Mother-of-Pearl rounds
9 white Mother-of-Pearl teardrops top drilled
4 white Mother-of-Pearl diagonally drilled squares
3 jade teardrops top drilled
2 Cloisonne rice fluted beads goldy, white and a dash of red
2 pale green pearly rounds
4 green faceted large glass beads
1 circular toggle clasp in gold colour
5 Swarowsky bicones
1 small beige picasso faceted glass rondelle
1 green and black picasso faceted glass rondelle
1 green Dupioni Silk ribbon 50 mm wide, 46 cm long (it could be cut into two thinner ribbons)

I am so much looking forward to see what Birgitta will send me. And I think I have a vague idea about what I will do for the man's jewellery. Please get back on Wednesday to see it.

All my best,


TesoriTrovati said...

That is wicked cool, Malin! I am so glad that you are pushing each other and challenging yourselves to do something that you are both not quite sure about. How fun to have a friend to do this with! I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Enjoy the day!

Spirited Earth said...

this is a great idea, can't wait to see what you both create..
sometime ago i did a little blog post about men's jewelry and how challenging it was.
so i will be interested to see what you two make for that as well.

Angel Whisperer said...


well now I have seen Your beads :)
very interesting and inspiring beautiful !!......
I was thinking deadline maybe wednesday
next week for this
and wednesday the week after for the chain-thing
what do You think about that??

will pick beads for You as soon as I finished my ordered jewelry..

This is so FUN
Thanks Malin!!

fantastic green color of that Dupioni Silk ribbon / Dupioni never saw that D before??

Malin de Koning said...

Deadlines sounds great. Let's go for it!

Rebecca said...

Such a brilliant idea! I was thinking of suggesting that we do some kind of within Europe swap or challenge...I wondered about round robin pieces going UK - Sweden - Germany etc...what do you think???

Malin de Koning said...

Yes Rebecca! I'm on. Do you wanna set it up? Please!

Angel Whisperer said...

Yupp Rebecca /Sounds good with some Europe SWAP :) !!