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Today is the reveal for Pine Ridge Treasures’ Summer Romance Blog Hop!

I do not have a picture of the kit. I’m terrible about that! But it was a variety of silver findings, purple, pink, grey, white and peach crystals and pearls and opaque white glass beads. Much of what I have used in my necklaces is from the kits, so you will get a good idea.

First I made a necklace based around this striped pendant from my stash that had a lovely mix of the kit colors with green added.

I included the green leaf from my stash (connected with links from chain included in the kit). All the dangles on the pendant are from the kit. I love that heart lock and key! I used one shape of peach and purple crystals from the kit and added in a few green tubes to keep that color combination going throughout the necklace. I finished it with the clasp from the kit. This necklace is the lush romance of beautiful summer flora. It reminds me of being in a park.

This next necklace uses mostly the opaque white rondelles from the kit. I had scored this beautiful bronze unicorn pendant by Green Girl Studios and wanted to use it with what I considered romantic and magical beads, as would befit a unicorn.

When I think of unicorns, I think primarily of white, pink, purple and pastel blue. I had already chosen some vintage Swarovski long bicone crystals. The AB coating on clear gives off those unicorn colors. But, I only had six of these, so I needed something to round out the design. I wanted something subtle to keep the focus on the bling and the unicorn. Enter the Summer Romance kit with its beautiful opaque white faceted beads with just enough sparkle. Perfect!

I used one pink crystal close to the pendant, and finished the necklace with a rainbow titanium lobster clasp and two of the pink flowers from the kit.

I knotted both necklaces on waxed linen, my favorite stringing material, with open space between beads. I find that to be a very romantic design. It makes for lovely necklaces with a wonderful drape when hanging around a neck. But the open space makes the necklaces floppy and difficult to photograph. Trust me that they look great on!

Thanks to Lisa Lodge for another wonderful challenge and kit. I have goodies left over that will be popping up in other designs. Click on the links below to see what others made with their kits. Enjoy!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak and Renee Edbrooke, Cianci Blue

Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings

Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot

YOU ARE HERE: Ann Schroeder, Bead Love

Kari Asbury, Design Challenges