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Saturday, 8 October 2011

LimaBeads Challenge by Lorelei and Shannon - Reveal

I was lucky to get my hands on one of these beautiful kits from LimaBeads. Fantasticly put together by Lorelei Eurto and Shannon Iko Chomanczuk. Thank you so much!

Shannon and Lorelei's idea was that we simply create something with the beads. We could use them whichever way we wanted, adding our own beads, focals and so on.

I have made three pieces, two necklaces and one bracelet.

Starting with the first necklace
I have recently learned the technique of pearl knotting on silk thread. (I am definitely not a pro yet, my constructions get sort of wobbly, so if anyone could tell me what I do wrong I'd be very happy.) I love the effect of knotting. And the less wanted wobblyness on this necklace will soon go away I believe. Oh I should also mention, I accidently got two bags of the pale yellow potato pearls. Hope no one else missed out on theirs.


Now the bracelet
I tripled the chain, and added beads from the BeadChest and art beads from RadiantMind, Floridity, HumbleBeads, Jubilee, Elaine Ray, Loupiac and Gaea. Strung on waxed linen cord. Clasp from LimaBeads and the cute peace charm I got ages ago, but unfortunately I can't remember from where, it is possible it was actually from LimaBeads.

Necklace number two
Beautiful pendant from HumbleBeads. And I added more pearls, semi-precious, copper and glass beads from my own stash.


32 comments:

maryharding said...

Malin you pieces are just beautiful. Love the movement of the color in the necklace with the Humblebeads pendant, the collection of beads in the bracelet and the way you doubled up the chain for it. And that wonderful lime green silk in the hand knotted piece.

Kristi Bowman said...

Wow Malin, all very beautiful!! Hard to choose a fav. The first one is so sweet and elegant. I love the bracelet, you combined all the colors with the beatiful artbeads (this might be my favorite) but the last necklace is also very beautiful!! Very nicely done Malin!!

Kathy said...

I love the bracelet! I love all things chain, must be why I"m drawn to that one. :-)

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Girl, you really used every component of that kit amazingly! WOW! Love all your pieces and love how you referenced the various components and artists you used that weren't in the kit.

Can't wait to see future pieces from you!

Debby Bergstresser said...

Fresh, romantic, eye for design and detail, wonderful texture and color combinations! I love what you did with each piece!

Courtney said...

Love what you did. That first necklace is STUNNING! Love that. Totally something I would wear. Perfection.

Michelle Mach said...

All three pieces are lovely, but the first is my favorite. Simple, sweet, stunning!

Heidi said...

I love everything, especially your modeling photos :) I think the first necklace though is just so perfect. I love that you used green thread. Knotting isn't hard once you get the rhythm going (says the person who's done it exactly once), but my friend Charlotte knots a LOT and I've seen her do it. She just breezes right through it. Anyway, I can't wait to see what everyone else has done.

Alice said...

Malin, I love everything you made! The first necklace is so dainty and sweet! I love the chunky beads in the bracelet, and the colors in the second necklace are wonderful!

SueBeads said...

Fantastic Malin! I was going to triple the chain too for a bracelet but decided to do the choker. I love that chain!

Cece said...

Love the simplicity and also the "pop" of color on your pearl necklace. All your pieces such contemporary designs.

Lorelei Eurto said...

Such creative pieces, I like what you did with your beads Malin!! The knotted necklace is my favorite, I love the asymmetrical design of it and I bet it's really easy to wear.

Steph L. said...

These are great pieces, they are all so wearable. It is so interesting to see how people take the same beads and come up with different ideas. Great job!

Aqua Junko Artworks said...

Love your work! Lori

Penny said...

Malin, your designs just flow together and I love how you used the mixed of colors they are gorgeous. I have tried pearl knotting too, but have not found the trick on how to do it do that it looks good and that the knots are flush against the beads. I am hoping with a bit more practice I will get the hang of it.

Happy Saturday.

Take care,
Penny

TesoriTrovati said...

Your designs are always so fresh and inviting Miss Malin! I think they are all great. That first one is so sweet. I love the mix of colors in your bracelet, and Humblebeads are just about the best things on the planet, if you ask me. Such a great display on the apples! You are one clever miss!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Rebecca said...

Oh oh oh! They are all so pretty (and I recognise that Humblebead :-)) but my favourite has to be the earl necklace. Completely gorgeous. I love pearl knotting too, it's so soothing. Something to do with the feel of the fibre through one's hand. I love them all though!

Molly Alexander said...

As always, I just love your designs! They are all so unique and so totally YOU! The necklace with the Humblebeads beads is my favorite, with the color combinations and details. Beautiful job! :)

Elisabeth said...

Your knotting with the green thread is really incredible - and I love all of those delicious art beads in the bracelet - what a show stopper!

Melissa said...

The bracelet is fabulous! I love the beads you added to it. And I really like the green knots on the pearl necklace, the extra pop of color is unexpected!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous - I love the colours in the bracelet, it's a stunner!

Pixiloo said...

Malin, all of these are gorgeous. I love the pearl necklace. It's so simple and classic. It will go with everything! I love the colors in the second necklace and bracelet as well. So beautiful!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I love them all! I am so into knotting right now too. I love the whimsy in the bracelet!
Thanks for playing along, I am glad you had fun :-)
Shannon C

Sally Anderson said...

Wow! These are beautiful pieces, Malin. My favorite is the first one. I love how that green silk sets off the pearls. And the flowers in the front make it so fresh and spring-like. Love the other two pieces, too. Would love to know where you got the clasp on the 2nd necklace. It's very cool!

Sally Anderson said...

Wow! These are beautiful pieces, Malin. My favorite is the first one. I love how that green silk sets off the pearls. And the flowers in the front make it so fresh and spring-like. Love the other two pieces, too. Would love to know where you got the clasp on the 2nd necklace. It's very cool!

Malin de Koning said...

Thank you all for your nice and kind comments!

@ Sally - That particular clasp actually comes from a pearl necklace I bought a few years ago. You can use a longer necklace doubled by closing it with that thing. But I have similar ones, based on the same principle, that I have bought. This one looked best for this particular necklace. My initial idea was actually to use a brown silk string/ribbon/band and just tie a knot and bow. But I didn't have one in a suitable color, so I took this solution instead. Similar ones should be able to get at your beads and findings supplier. Good luck!

stacilouise said...

Love the bracelet, and the picture with the apples is awesome! All your colors come together so softly and perfectly. Very lovely pieces.

Kreativkrapylet said...

Wow! Så mye fint på en gang!
Jeg fallt aller mest for armbåndet :)
Selv om jeg hadde utrolig sansen for perlehalssmykket som på en måte tar det klassiske perlehalssmykket et hakk videre. Perlehalssmykke med litt edge på en måte :)

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

I thought the first two were stunning- then you pulled out that third beauty!! Wonderful, as always, Malin!

Elly said...

Great pieces Malin! I've been doing a bit of beading recently but finding it hard to make the time to photograph and blog about it. I knew if I came to visit your blog there would be something to inspire me :)

Take care
Elly

Therese's Treasures said...

Nice pieces Malin, I love the first necklace with the knotted pearls it is beautiful. The bracelet is very now with the art beads and chian, and I love the simplicity of the second necklace.
Therese

Jo said...

Malin they are all gorgeous - I just can't choose a favourite! I love them all. The colours are lovely, the chain on the bracelet is beautiful, how you have used the clasp on the humblebeads necklace is a great idea. I've added "knotting beads" onto my must-do list for this autumn - all the years I've made jewellery and I've still not given that one a proper go!
Jo x