Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kristi Bowman Wonky Bead Blog Hop

 I don't usually participate in these sort of challenges but I was intrigued with the beads that Kristi Bowman had made up and one of the requirements for purchasing was to use them  for this blog hop.

Doubling the challenge for me was that this was out of my color comfort zone added to the fact that designing with chunky beads was outside of my comfort zone as well. I also had never designed using primarily polymer beads.
I went strait to work as soon as I had the beads in my hand and had this necklace finished the same day as I knew that I wouldn't have the time during or after my trip back east.

I had some really nice WondrousStrange ceramic shell disc pieces that were screaming to be included.
Also a wonderful Shipwreck Dandy faceted polymer piece that was perfect in it's gemlike splendor to balance out the chunk and funk. 
Let's see yes I had some  numinositybeads mini criffles of my own that were hanging about. This necklace was making itself! 
With a ragged worm tube remnant for which to dangle as a focal piece and then accented by some faceted turquoise rondelles and a few red Tibetan mala bead to finish it off, I was quite pleased.
I'm not accustomed to wiring pieces together so this has a stiffer design than most of my necklaces.

I just had to give you a close up of the faceted polymer bead. I just love it!


  1. Yum yum yum Kimberly!!! The Wonderous Strange and Shipwreck Dandy additions are perfect choices!! And you know I love your Criffles and they look so good!! Love your necklace! Thank you so much for joining in my hop!

  2. A fabulous piece! I love all the different elements you added and they work very well with the polymer beads. Nice job for being out of your element in color and chunky beads!

  3. Here I am hoping you do challenges more often. :) I love your necklace and how you incorporated other beads with Kristi's. Your criffles, the raku beads and the polymer clay beads look great!

    (I am now going to check out all those shops.) :)

  4. Hello,

    I also had never designed using primarily polymer beads.

    Tibet Tour

  5. Ooh fun work. Like all the different beads. xox

  6. So.... if you buy the beads you have to post what you made with them on a Blog Hop... is that right ?
    Love your necklace. But you already know how much I love your work.
    Polymer beads look so much more wonderful then when they first started many years ago. Her beads are lovely.

    Happy to see your post today.

    cheers, parsnip

  7. Excellent design! I'm not used to working with chunky beads as well, you did a fantastic job of it!

  8. Is this amazing... it's perfect and very special! The necklace tells its own story!♥♥♥


  9. Great set of components! I love the criffles and the worm tube remnant, particularly the way you suspended it from the polymer bead you used as the center of the necklace. :-)

  10. What a gorgeous necklace, Kimberly! I really love beachy things, so the shells really appeal to me. That awesome focal piece really did balance out the "chunkiness". Super job!

  11. I love your necklace! Now I wish I had chosen the brighter set as well, you've done a great job with the unfamiliar colours.

    This blog hop is going to do some serious damage to my budget, now I really need some faceted polymer clay beads.

  12. I love your piece. The focal you added is fantastic. And I love your ruffled discs you paired with it. What a great job, especially since it was out of your comfort zone.

  13. Mmm, lovely! The beads you have chosen all add something to make it really special!

  14. Your necklace turned out lovely!

  15. Your criffles are perfect with Kristi's beads. A unique and wonderful necklace!

  16. Oh how lovely Kim! I too love how you have incorporated your lovely beads here. I like how you wired so many of the beads so you can see them laying flat. What a beautiful assortment of beads! and you make them look beautiful all together! Great job!

  17. You did a beautiful job with your wonky beads! I love your colors and the way you wrapped your bead.


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