Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ooh AhH Anchors AweiGH

Thank you Toltec & Suburban Girl Beads
for hosting this design challenge.

I will say that I have been so excited to be able to participate in yet another design challenge & blog hop.  As many other past challenges I set out many times to design and come up with something different and original.  Many times I "cruised" pinterest for inspiration.  This evening, Saturday, September 6th I'm burning both ends of the candle.  I set out to make a ring.  I tend to peyote my bezels quite tight.  So at 9:00pm PST I unfortunately got a full blown anxiety attack & hot flash.  Uhh, like I needed this NOW?!  So then I'm calling Heather Richter one of my life lines for support.  She was the best.  I ended up scrapping working on beading a bezel and she suggested I do the wire wrapping of the charms with half round copper wire around some gear frames to make a simple pair of earrings.  We've all been there.  For me I was set out to make a simple ring from a you tube video that I came across today & ended up with a pair of earrings.  LOL!

Here you can see that on the right one, I cut the loop off to do the peyote bezel.

Here are my earrings, you can see that I ended up cutting off the other loop.
Please take the time to visit all the participants in this blog hop challenge.  Get inspired to create something different or use a new element in your next design.

Participating Artists

Featured & Honored Artist:        Diana Ptaszynski

Diana's Shop:                           Suburban Girl Beads

Diana's Blogs:                          Suburban Girl Studio
                                                 Art Jewelry Elements

Hostess: TJ                               Jewel School Friends

Bobbie Rafferty                         Beadsong Jewelry

Chris Eisenberg                         Wanderware

Heather Richter                         Desert Jewelry Designs

Michelle McCarthy                    Firefly Design Studio

Kathy Lindemer                         Bay Moon Design

Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes

Cynthia Machata                       Antiquity Travelers

Kathleen Breeding                     99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Linda Younkman                       Lindy's Designs

Robin Reed                                  Artistry HCBD

Marla Gibson                              Spice Box Designs

Gina Hockett                               Freestyle Elements

Renetha Stanziano                      Lamplight Crafts

Marianne Baxter                          Simply Seablime Jewelry        

Christina Miles                             Wings N Scales

Marybeth Rich                            A Few Words from Within the Pines

Shai Williams                              Shaiha's Ramblings

Cheri Reed                                  Creative Designs by Cheri

Monique Urquhart                      A Half-Baked Notion

Jennifer Reno                             Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Shirley Moore                             Beads and Bread

Tammy Adams                           Paisley Lizard

Melissa Trudinger                       Bead Recipes

Jill Bradley                                  JillyBeads


  1. Beautiful!!! Was glad to be their via phone while you made these!!! Great work!!!!

  2. Very nice earrings! The copper goes great with the color of the components. Heather's idea was a great one! Good job!!

  3. What a great idea for the earrings. Very unique. The way the wire is attaching the charms to the gears makes me think of barnacles attaching to the hull of a ship. Wonderful earrings.

  4. oh wow! for a panicked, last minute design you really came out on top! I love how you've wire bezeled around these! that is simply fantastic!!

  5. The gear elements were a GREAT addition to these luscious charms, Kathleen... so original and edgy, too! Too bad you were overwhelmed by the deadline (happens to me all the time) but a friend in need, etc. :)

  6. I am sorry you had that experience, but what a great pair of earrings you made in the end! I really love this design! Beautiful.

  7. Very creative use of wire wrapping and the copper goes great with the blue! As jewelry designers we could all use Heather's phone number for the Bead Panic Hot Line!!

  8. What fun earrings! I think that some of the best designs occur when we are running out of time.

  9. How smart to cut off the wire :-) I really love the peyote bezel you created this way. And a beautiful colour combination!

  10. Wow! I sure wish I could do something like this. Beautiful Design!

  11. Oh Wow...I just love these earrings! Very creative! Sometimes we create our best designs when under pressure... :-)

  12. Great design! I never would have thought to create the earrings that way. They are stunning.

  13. Ok, so I want you to have panic attacks more often! I soooo love these!!!!!

  14. Love the wire work with the copper. Makes the color pop in the anchor charms

  15. Your earrings are beautiful and it is so good to have someone that you can lean on when you need to put your designs in focus. I love the copper with the beads, really great job!

  16. Those are really pretty!!! I love the wire work and the gear as a backing!!! Great Job! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  17. Nice! The gears work really well!