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Pile of purple beads showing name of blog hop.
Picture by Lisa Lodge

Lisa Lodge from Pine Ridge Treasures has had many fun blog hops over the years, and here is another one! The Happy Beads Blog Hop reveal is today. Kits came in purple and blue themes, and I chose blue. Blue is a color I don’t use often, so I thought I would challenge myself (although I find I don’t use purple as much either). I’m so glad I did! My kit contains a beautiful array of beads and components.

Materials for this blog hop including a variety of blue beads, white beads and silver metal findings.

So many beads here to love in many shades of blue and a variety of shapes. Even those white beads, in a fun drop shape, have a slight coating that looks blueish in certain light.

The variety of shapes and colors brought to mind a necklace I have wanted to make inspired by the cover of the book Create Jewelry: Glass by Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett. I’ve loved it ever since I got the book, and I thought this would be the perfect time and some excellent materials.

Long necklace made of a variety of color blocked beads in blue, red and green.

From the kit, I used cathedral beads, blue pearls, translucent twists, small turquoise crystals, little blue daggers, grey pearls and large turquoise blue crystals. I added the rest of the beads from my own stash. It was fun to decide which beads to use and in which order. Color makes me happy, so this necklace really fits in the with hop theme, and the little red heart charm that I found in one of the red bead bags to put at the clasp just rounded out that feeling.

I really loved the coated white drops. They look so elegant, and I love the way they fit together. I tried a few designs with those and settled on a bracelet.

Bracelet made of white beads with AB coating, crystals, fiber and pewter button with a crow design.

I used a Green Girl Studios fine pewter button for the focal/closure. I made a loop of some vintage Czech crystals, also with the AB coating. I didn’t like the look of the crimp, so I covered it with waxed linen and frayed the ends for boho flair. I love the finished product.

I had so many beads left, so I made more. First, a pair of earrings.

Earrings consisting of three links - blue cathedral beads, blue glass pearls and silver cat charms.

I used beads and ear wires from the kit and cat charms from my stash for the earrings.

Triple wrap memory wire bracelet with a variety of all of the beads from the kit above, along with one silver cat charm and one silver heart charm.

I had cut some memory wire for another project I didn’t make. I thought that would be a good way to use many of the beads I had left. I decided to use a cat charm on one end to make it coordinate with the earrings. I used a heart charm on the other end. Cat love!

Thanks for stopping by! Check out what everyone else made from their kits at the links below.

Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak Cianci Blue

Heather Canepa, Desert Jewelry Designs

Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings

Ann Schroeder, Bead Love (that’s me!)

Kari Asbury, Design Challenges

Therese Frank, Therese’s Treasures

Linda Anderson, From the Beadboard of…

Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs

Ellen Newcombe Gravante, TBD