Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ocean Blog Hop

This Ocean blog hop is hosted by Lisa Lodge. You can find the other participants on her blog, A Grateful Artist.

I decided to join the challenge because I love ocean blues and greens.
So imagine my surprise when I found these lovely oranges in my mailbox...



I will admit the package sat on the shelf for several months while I contemplated what to do with it.
Finally, the inspiration hit me.

The two large pieces cultured sea glass screamed lariat. So I went in search of the right cord. I found the great orange cord locally at Island Bead And Jewelry. It was the only component I had to go out and purchase.





I colored the starfish charms with alchol ink and sealed with glaze.











Lisa encouraged us to use all of the beads in the kit. So, I crocheted the czech glass beads with copper wire to make a bracelet.

I finished it off with bead caps and a toggle clasp from my stash.










I finished up with a few pairs of earrings...














More alcohol inked starfish and orange crystal dangle from sterling silver chain.












This time I dug into my staff for these adorable pewter puffer fish from Green Girl Studios.
I picked these up in Tucson. It was so much fun to finally meet and chat with Cynthia Thornton. I've been a big fan of her creations for years.









Once again, I altered the starfish.
This time I coated front and backwith Vintaj patina in "lapis" (and sealed with glaze).
They're topped by sterling silver rings that I soldered and textured.






I hope you'll visit the other participants. Click on the link to Lisa's blog above.










21 comments:

  1. I had the same reaction with all my blue beads! But you did a great job with all the orange! The lariat is fantastic and your wire crocheted bracelet is amazing, plus you made all those fun earrings!

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  2. Until I got to the first blog post where someone got orange beads, I figured we all had gotten blue. But of course not! I love orange, and you've made it come alive. Your lariat necklace is inspired! I love the puffer fish earrings. Great work!

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  3. I had orange too, and the same reaction as you did. You did a wonderful job with all of the orange though. Love your pieces!

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  4. I can imagine orange is a much more difficult color to work with than blues and greens! I think you did a wonderful job --I think the lariat necklace is beautiful!

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  5. Thanks Karin! Personally, I'm excited about the way I altered the starfish. Opens up a whole new world for me.

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  6. Jeanne - I love everything! Those puffer fish earrings are so adorable. Also the pretty crocheted bracelet with the copper cones is very beautiful and fun. You did a great job taking a color that is not your favorite and making a pretty collection of Ocean themed items. Thanks again for being in the hop.

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  7. You really pulled off using bright orange beautifully! I have some orange beads that I have been reluctant to use. You have given me some ideas to work with. Thank you! Well done!

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    1. Thank you Kathy! I get warm fuzzies when I inspire others. Usually it is the other way around!

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  8. I also had orange and it took me a bit to come up with an idea but I love what you did with yours. Your lariat necklace and the puffer fish earrings are my favorite. Wonderful designs!

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  9. I got orange also which I did not know what the heck I was going to do with it. I really like your lariat. Crocheting the bracelet really made it interesting. The alcohol inks look great on the starfish. Great job.

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  10. Love how you met the challenge of the orange beads! Your lariat is fantastic!

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  11. I love the way you used these components, Jeanne... great tropical heat combined with cool elegance :)

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  12. Super sweet collection. I especially love you used the inks to color the components. And, I am admiring how wonderful the bead crocheted bracelet looks. Great job! Sorry for late comments. computer problems - my post is up now. Please stop on by

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  13. Cute pieces, and lots of them! Love all the earrings! And the necklace/lariat is great! The bracelet looks fab too!

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  14. Orange, copper & sea shells oh my. The pearl necklace, so elegant.

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  15. Excellent job with the colors....Loved the first necklace...and it seems ALL of us did earrings...lovely batch there!

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  16. I love your lariat necklace. And your crocheted bracelet is wonderful. The crochet really sets the beads off. All your pieces are great and I love all the color you got and used.

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  17. I would never have thought orange when I daydream about the ocean but wow that necklace is awesome! Love all the earrings too!

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