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.


  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!

  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!

  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!

  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!

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

  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.

  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!

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

  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!

  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.

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

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

  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

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

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

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

  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.

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