Audubon's Kingfisher

Audubon's Kingfisher

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Festival Lights Challenge - Reveal

Welcome to the Festival Lights Challenge Reveal!

Orange. A color that I have reservations about.

So why purchase a kit full of orange beads? Challenge myself? A moment of insanity? Add more beads to my hoard? I am still not sure why I did it but I am happy with the end results. I also ended up with a pair of orange Keen sandals...needed something to go with the beads :)

Along with orange there was yellow (eek) more orange (what did I get myself into here) hints of green, purple, pastel blue, red...

Here is the kit (there were a few beads that escaped the photo as well as the orange silk and waxed linen cording)

And the lovely focal created by Andrew:    
The focal looked so much like a steampunk talisman that is the direction I went with it:

For this next set, I used elastic strectchy cord for the first time ever. It was fun to use and achieved the stack bracelet look I was going for:


For this set, I wanted something Bollywood inspired. It's not a style I have tried before and admire greatly so I hope I did the pieces some justice. I made a necklace, 2 bracelets, and 2 pairs of earrings:
Here is a close up of the chandelier earrings:

And here is one more bracelet, the thai silver bee bead was from Sabine, my Bead Soup Blog Party partner in 2013.

And last but not least, a pretty, boho style necklace based off a pattern I saw in Create Jewelery Magazine. The original Artist's name is Erin Strother. My Thanks to Erin for the inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


  1. Wow, you did great for someone not comfortable with orange and yellow! I love all your piece, especially the Bollywood necklace and the Steampunk necklace!

  2. Wow! You got an entire wardrobe of jewelry out of the goodies Andrew sent. I really like the necklace with the tassel.

  3. Maybe you should work with orange more often! I love your generous collection of beautiful jewelry. The Bollywood set is wonderful, and I love the stack of bracelets. And the tassel necklace! And just everything. :)

  4. Wow you really created from the kit! Amazing job, love love love the tassels.

  5. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite, everything is so fantastic! I think you met the orange challenge very nicely and created some incredible and unique designs in the process!

  6. Great job. The Bollywood set is fantastic, and I also really like the stacked bracelets.

  7. Beautiful mix and match jewelry sets! You really put together some festive ensembles. I love the Bollywood set with all the dangles. Great job!!!

  8. Yowza! You were super busy! All of the designs look great! I particularly love the Steampunk piece. I like how you were able to take the design motif and make it your own and match it with the gears! So fun! You really outdid yourself! Nicely done! And thank you so much for participating!

  9. Wow! You made a ton of pieces with this kit!!!
    I have to say that the chandelier earrings are stunning and my favorite! Great job!!!