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:
- 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.
- 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".
- 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,