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Today is the reveal for the Allegory Gallery Design Challenge – Yearning. The inspiration for the kit is a piece by artist Christi Friesen. The kit colors are beige, gold, red, pink, and green. I love the color mix – so fresh! I had my first necklace idea almost immediately based on the beige. Generally, I love bright colors. But there is a certain type of beige bead – vintage German and Czech glass –  that I just love. Opaque, often with etched designs or facets in a variety of shapes and sizes. The kit included some spacers in this color.

Originally, I thought it would be fun to make a long necklace. When it was finished, it was pretty but not quite right. I wrapped it in two when I put it down to think about it and saw it would be much better as a double strand necklace.I strung it on waxed linen from the kit and also used two sizes of opaque beige spacers, beige crystals, and gold spacers from the kit. I used several shapes of the beige glass beads from my stash. I also brought in some other colors from the kit with Czech glass from my stash – tiny beige/green spacers, and red/pink flowers, crystals and ice pearls. At the back of the necklace, I used some tiny versions of the ice pearls that were in the kit. I love how these colors pop against each other. 

I have had this vintage clasp for a long, long time. I’m thrilled that I found the perfect use for it. I feel like the clasp and the necklace have a 1950s vibe, and gold fits right in with the kit.

This challenge snuck up on me a bit, and I only got this one necklace done. I still had fun! Thanks William, Andrew and Allegory Gallery for another wonderful kit and challenge! Visit the Allegory Gallery Design Challenges Facebook page to see what other participants created.

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