Day 28 – 30 March Fusion Beads 30 Day Challenge

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Day 28 is to design outside the box using a color you’ve never used before.

These orange sherbet dyed pearls and orange Czech glass beads were purchased a while back and never used.  This challenge has been great for working through my bead stash.

I combined these beads with antique copper chain.  The longest chain is 40 inches.

Day 28

Day 29 is to make a fabulous floral inspired piece.

I tried my hand at making a beaded flower.  After I made it, I could not decide what to do with it!

This flower is 6 separate pieces.  The petals are made with 8/0 seed beads in a brick stitch.  Then a piece of wire is run through the outer beads for stabilization and manipulation.

It would look great as an accent on a necklace.  I also considered making it the focal for a bangle or a headband.

Day 29

 

Day 30 is to go glam and make a stunning piece of jewelry for your next night out.

I combined bronze findings and chain with faceted Czech glass beads.  It is difficult to capture in my photo but believe me this necklace is super sparkly!

Day 30

 

Day 25 – 27 March Fusion Beads 30 Day Challenge

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Day 25 is to use a bead you have had forever

I have had this lampwork bead for years.  I pull it out about every 3 months thinking I am going to use it only to put it back in the stash.

I used solid white glass beads and pale pink Czech glass beads for the necklace.  Then I added loopy fringe with size 11 seed beads.

Day 25

Day 26 is to make wire wrapped rings

The ring on the left has three 8mm Swarovski crystal bicones and the ring on the right is a 6mm amber round.

Day 26

Day 27 is to make a piece with copper

I combined messy wire wrapped beads with 6mm Swarovski bicones.  The spirals were not planned.  I realized I was out of copper head pins and needed a way to keep the crystals in place.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  :-)

Day 27

Day 22 – 24 March Fusion Beads 30 Day Challenge

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Day 22 is to make a mixed metal masterpiece

This challenge has been great for reducing my bead stash!  I bought these coins last year and I believe the chain has been in my stash for about 2 years.

I think the antiqued metals worked well together to give this bracelet an industrial feel.

Day 22

Day 23 is to create a crystallized design with crystal clay

Late last year, Michael’s had a clearance sale on Martha Stewart’s jewelry making products and components.  I bought crystal clay in red, black, dark blue and purple at a deep discount.  I also purchased crystal chatons in 10mm x 5mm and 3mm. Since I am still new to working with crystal clay it’s nice to know I can practice without breaking the bank.

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Day 24 is to learn a new beading technique

I love right angle weave (RAW) and up til now, I have only done flat RAW projects.  I followed the instructions on FusionBeads.com and made a bangle with size 8 seed beads using RAW.

This I will do again … maybe with crystals and pearls.

Day 24

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