|Welcome to the Secret Snowflake Challenge Blog Hop Reveal!
This challenge features beautiful handmade porcelain pieces by Chinook Jewelry, along with pewter daisy spacers, Czech glass in a variety of shapes, snowflake-shaped sequins, a few button pearls, a star-shaped silver-plated spacer, some white organza ribbon, and a wavy, silver-plated ring.
A few finished pieces are posted on this page; you can find links to the rest at the bottom. There are some wonderfully creative designs!
Ice was my inspiration for this necklace. I used
irregular quartz: some clear, some frosty. I chose the blue and green
beads to mimic the ice formations I see hiking in the winter. (Some
frozen waterfalls glow a bluish green . . . stunning.) I played around
with resin for the focal piece, suspending some of the snowflake
sequins. I really wanted to make resin beads with the sequins and wire
wrap them, but every time I tried to pop the bead out of the mold, it
I love the porcelain pendant. I wanted a very simple
design, so I suspended it from a vintage-looking chain and wove a dark
blue ribbon through the larger links. I love this necklace.
I kept my designs very simple to highlight the beautiful porcelain beads.
To make the ornament, I used the ribbon to wrap a large jump ring and tied a bow. I strung one of the larger pieces of Czech glass and two pewter daisy spacers on an eye pin to give the ornament some length. Then I attached the top of the eye pin to a large link of round chain. (I gave away my cool wavy silver-plated ring instead of saving it for the challenge. Oops!)
I used silver-plated wire to wrap some of the opaque white Chinese rounds to the ring. I also made dangles for the front of the ornament, but I removed them. The pendant is just too pretty to cover up!
To make the earrings, I created some glass dangles with ball-end head pins for the dangles since I think that makes them a little bit more decorative than the ordinary flat kind. I added sterling silver ear wires with little hearts on them.
Secret Snowflake Participants
Please visit the blogs of all the jewelry designers who participated!
- Alice (Alice Dreaming)
- Chris (beadjewelry.net)
- Christa (Adventures of One Beady Woman)
- Crystal (Here Bead Dragons)
- Cynthia (Cynth's Blog)
- Dawn (Morning Glory Beading)
- Donetta (Simply Gorgeous)
- Erin A.
- Jennifer (JenniferJW)
- Jennifer (Jewelry, Art and Life)
- Kari W. - Designs pictured on this page
- Kate (We Can Make That at Home)
- Kay (Palm Coast Art)
- Linda (Lindy's Designs)
- Lisa C. (A Bead a Day)
- Lisa (Inspired Adornments)
- Mary (MLH Designs)
- Michelle (Beads & Books) - YOU ARE HERE
- Michelle B. (Reverie & Revival)
- Millie (AMM Jewelry)
- Norma (Moonlit Fantasies)
- Pam (The Crazier Sister)
- Pamela - Designs pictured on this page
- Rebecca J. - Designs pictured on this page
- Renetha (Lamplight Crafts)
- Rosemarie (Gem Rose Designs)
- Shannon (Falling into the Sky)
- Susan (Bead Inspired)
- Therese (Therese's Treasures)
- Therese (Domestic Goddess Enterprises)
Next Beading Challenge
I'll announce the next beading challenge sometime this month. Newsletter subscribers already have the early scoop and know exactly which day I'll be announcing the challenge. If you want to get early news of future challenges, sign up for my free newsletter.
On February 14, look for the results of my non-beading, free Valentine challenge to decorate an embossed card.