Today is the reveal for the Allegory Gallery Design Challenge – Splendid Procession edition! These challenges are hosted by artist Andrew Thornton who hand selects the materials for the always beautiful kits. I remembered to take a picture of my kit this time, but I did not check the pictures before I started working. They were terrible. So here I present Andrew’s picture of the kit:
In addition, Andrew always includes a Mystery Component that he makes himself.
Andrew’s inspiration for this kit started with a strand of watermelon tourmaline. I love those colors! He let that and other tourmaline colors lead his mind to faerie processions in art, and here we are at the Splendid Procession reveal.
The first thing I thought when I saw the kit (online, before I saw the Mystery Component) was that I wanted to make a bracelet with the lucite flower. I originally thought I would put it on leather, but I also kept thinking about a bracelet Andrew made for the Spring Awakening challenge. I still had those green Czech glass coins from the Spring Awakening kit, and combined those with pink coins from this kit and amber coins from the Amethyst Aether kit. I added some large vintage Czech glass crystals in rose, dark green and clear from my stash and wrapped it all onto a copper bracelet.
I love how this turned out. It feels substantial and makes a joyful noise when I wear it. Thanks to Andrew not only for the inspiration of the kit but of his own bracelet as well!
When I got the kit and saw the Mystery Component, I fell in love. It is so striking and has the perfect vibe for this theme. I really love chunky, bold beads, but it can be difficult to find a pendant that can hold its own with that look. No problem here! I decided to use some red dyed jade faceted nuggets I had just recently added to my stash. In addition I used some Czech glass, green seed beads from the kit and a few electroplated hematite rounds. I added a rough black tourmaline nugget to the pendant to make it stand out even more.
I sometimes hesitate to spend money on handmade clasps just because they are often going to end up hidden at the back of the necklace. But I have to admit that I feel more satisfied when I use them; my pieces feel more complete. Here I’ve used a beautiful bronze clasp by Eden Art Glass. I’m extremely pleased with this piece too.
Of course I had to make a necklace with a tassel. I can’t stop loving this trend. I used the waxed linen and green seed beads from the kit to make the tassel. With a few bead caps from my stash and a large faceted bead from the kit, I made it into a pendant. Adding some rose crystals I’ve had for a long time to other beads from the kit, I knotted the strand and added a flower clasp.
I really loved this kit. Thanks, as always, to Andrew for a wonderful challenge. Please visit click on the links below to see what other participants made with their kits. It’s always fun!