Allegory Gallery hosts fun challenges with kits curated by artist Andrew Thornton that they sell through their store. I love these challenges. The kits are filled to the brim with beautiful materials, and I love to stretch my creativity by working with materials, colors and themes someone else has chosen. Here is a picture of my kit (minus a few things I’d already used!)
In addition to the kit, Andrew includes a handmade Mystery Component he makes himself!
Usually the Mystery Component is the only thing we haven’t seen prior to getting the kit. However, in this case, the entire kit was a surprise. I love this kit! Orange is a favorite color of mine, and since the Spirit Walk challenge, I’ve been wondering why I don’t use more purple since it is so pretty. These colors are fabulous together!
The very first thing I made is a pair of earrings. There were two frame beads meant for it, and I’ve never been much good with frame beads, so I thought it was a good way to start the challenge. All the beads in these earrings are from the kit. I just added the findings.
Next I used the Mystery Component because it is fabulous! I love the gradations of color, the swirly design and the long oval shape. I used a silver bead with a swirly design above it as part of the pendant. Then I used rounds from the kit and a few from my stash to made a double wire wrapped strand on one side and a beaded strand on the other.
Next I wanted to use some of the plastic beads. I love the lightweight nature of plastic. I used beads from the kit and beads from my stash, including some fun things from My Elements and some WoolyWire at the bottom. This is a great, colorful necklace to wear with a white t-shirt and jeans.
I also made a bracelet. I really wanted to use some of the purple and fuchsia disk beads. I love them. I add some beads from my stash, including a Humblebeads feather coin (it’s a dragonfly on the other side) and a Patricia Healey clasp.
I thought I was done after the bracelet, but then I was looking at the book Necklaceology by Candie Cooper. It includes a necklace called vanuatu that uses silk cord like the orange one included in the kit, so I was inspired to make another necklace. I added some other colors of silk cord that I have along with dangles made from beads in the kit and my stash.
I had been hoping to use the flowers in the kit, and this allowed me to.