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Jewelry Designs from Nature Challenge Blog Hop

Posted by on July 17, 2012

Welcome to my garden…  that’s my theme for the Jewelry Designs from Nature Challenge. The generous and talented Heather Powers, aka Humblebeads had a little lottery earlier this summer and I was one of the lucky designers selected to work with one of her polymer clay pendant beads.

Designs From Nature Challenge 2012

I work at a cactus nursery, so the garden theme works for me. In the very hot summer months (Mojave Desert), I am often up at dawn and out watering plants. It needs to be done before it gets too steamy (both for my sake, and the plants too!) Not much dew out here in the desert, but I do get to see some amazing birds, critters low to the ground, spiders and other flying insects. Not to mention some awesome cactus flower blooms.

Center focal Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Heather sent along this poem for inspiration:

A sepal, petal and a thorn

Upon a common Summer’s morn –

A flask of Dew – A Bee or two-

Bee from Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

A breeze – a caper in the trees –

And I’m a rose!

(Emily Dickinson)

Here’s what I came up with for the challenge:

Nature Challenge Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Since I really enjoy a good challenge, I decided I needed to master the technique of micro-macrame leaves and incorporate that into the design process.  Needed to make the holes in the wooden beads a little bigger to be able to fit two cords through. Task completed with the help of my trusty Dremel. Always a bonus to be able to play with tools.

Dremel From Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Also decided to mess around and make a pair of earrings to go along with this necklace. I repurposed a broken pair of bronze earrings by wrapping them in silk sari ribbon. Added a red button, a lampwork headpin and did a little sewing of the ribbon.

Earring Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Earrings Nature Challenge by The Beading YoginiRepurposed that little card that Heather sent along with her pendant too.

Necklace Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Materials used: Humblebeads pendant, C-lon cord, lampwork beads and lampwork head pins, lucite flowers, button flowers, buttons, tiny metal bee buttons, dyed flat wooden disk beads, copper jumprings, base metal pendant bail, small glass beads, copper chain and lobster claw clasp, size 11 seed beads, thread, silk sari ribbon, copper findings and repurposed brass earrings. Thanks for stopping by.

Continue blog hopping here:

Sharon Palac

Keirsten Giles

Alicia Marinache

Shelby Foxwell

Lisa Cone

Marlene Brady

Cece Cormier (you are here)

Amy of Amy Beads

Marlene Cupo

33 Responses to Jewelry Designs from Nature Challenge Blog Hop

  1. amy

    Such a beautiful pendant, only to be outdone by the beautiful necklace you made to go with it!

  2. Lottie

    I follow your blog religiously and am continually stunned by your talent and style

    When I go to Sharon Palac’s blog on your list here – it says ‘No Posts’ and is empty! Not a complaint – just a comment in case she has moved to another blog as happens

    • Cece

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. Perhaps Sharon is going to show her challenge piece later.

  3. Lottie

    Just to add – that it’s the same from the links of your other lists to visit – sharon’s blog has no posts whatsoever. I hope that she is alright. I don’t know her – but follow your links to her

  4. Marlene C

    Stunning bead work always intrigues me, don’t have the patience for it myself, but so love the result, especially in this beautiful design.

  5. Marlene Brady

    Wow. An amazing piece. Love the earrings too.

  6. Keirsten Giles

    Your micro macrame is masterful! You’re a prodigy! Love the deep reds with the robin’s egg blue. The little bees are a perfect touch! And the wood beads are just right. Bravo!

  7. Lisa Cone

    Beautiful! You always make such intricate and wonderful components. The micro macrame (I don’t even know what that is!) is beautiful and really supports and enhances the focal. Love it!

  8. Heather

    I was so excited to see your name come up in the random drawing as I knew your micro macrame skills will be amazing with my beads. I love that you made leaves as the backdrop for the pendant. The wooden beads are the perfect color and add a nice balance to the beautifully embellished focal. The two little bees add a playfulness that reflects the poem. You created a stunning piece and I’m so happy you were able to take part in the challenge.

  9. Shelby

    I love the combination of red and turquoise colors! What an amazing focal!

  10. Rosanne Garvison

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the micro macrame.

    • admin

      Thank you. The knotting is very meditative for me.

  11. Shaiha

    Your necklace is just stunning! I love how the leaves frame the focal.

    • admin

      Thanks. I was worried about over powering the design. But it all balanced out in the end.

  12. Shelley Graham Turner

    Love those earrings – so organic, which is my style.

    ~ Shelley

    • admin

      Thanks. I like organic too. But, not so much wearing shades of red.

  13. Emma

    This is incredible! Not only is it a stunning piece, but so wonderfully unexpected from lookin at the pendant alone. One advantage of reading on a phone is the pause between scrolling so everything is revealed in order – no page glancing – I’m sure my mouth was hung open. I just love it!

  14. LeAnn

    The micro macrame is lovely in the beautiful focal you put together.

  15. sandi m

    This is so pretty. I can’t even imagine doing that tiny macrame – you’re a master. Your color combination is one of my favorites. And I love those baby bees!

    • admin

      Thanks Sandi. Those baby bee buttons were just waiting for the right piece.

  16. Erin Prais-Hintz

    That is just marvelous Miss Cece! I love the micromacrame and more so that you challenged yourself to learn it. Looks like you mastered it! I do love the way you think. The repurposing of the earrings is inspired. Such a great little hop for one of my favorite books! Enjoy the day. Erin

    P.S. I never heard from you… you won my giveaway of the signed book Bohemian Inspired Jewelry. Send me an email with your address and I will mail it out! enjoy the day {at} tesoritrovati .com

    • admin

      Thank Erin. Yes, the book is awesome. HEather does such cool things with her art. Thought I emailed you through your website ages ago, maybe went into a spam folder?? I will do so again. Happy creating.