Monday, June 20, 2011

Hot Off the Press - ArtBeads Blog Challenge!!

Hello Everyone!!!
I thought I'd interrupt your regularly scheduled Monday programming to show you what I just created for the ArtBeads Blog Challenge - What's Old Is New Again!
As part of the challenge, we were to use vintage or old materials and combine them with new elements, either with modern lines or vintage-inspired components.

Let's start with that focal, 'cause that's pretty awesome!

The oval shaped pendant with the blue-white center is a vintage pendant given to me by a good friend. It was his mothers and he wanted me to have it as he knew I would "do something special with it". Indeed, I believe I have! I brushed on a light coating of the hand-coloured resin mentioned above, just to give that luscious dark patina of the pendant's metal a little sparkle!

The dangles twinkling from the pendant are vintage glass crystal and rhinestones set in a rondelle as well as one little Swarovski crystal winking at us from the sidelines!

All of this is suspended from a fabulous vintage-inspired Elegance Link! That very same hand-coloured resin was carefully brushed onto the link, making it a lovely match to the pendant draped below and matching the 'old' feel of the creation and the Challenge theme!

As we delve further into this creation, we see more vintage rhinestones!! This time they flash out from filigree beads that cascade from Antique Brass Y Shaped Vine With Leaves Link. I wanted to play with textures as much as possible while still maintaining a antique look and feel so these, too, received a light dusting of the coloured resin!

Here is a little better view of both those rhinestone beads and the Y Leaf Connectors...

Continuing our journey upwards towards the clasp, we encounter more sparklies!!! We discover vintage glass 'crystals' (repurposed from old glass pearl necklaces from my husband's mother!) and a few more vintage rhinestone rondelles flanked by Swarovski crystals!

Onwards and upwards, we spy some fascinating Czech-pressed glass window beads and leaves.

And last, but certainly not least, we trace our the path of the chain to the filigree Leaf clasp.

This sturdy yet delicate clasp deserves just as much attention as the rest of the creation and was also adorned with the coloured resin for added allure! Dainty details such as the little Swarovski crystal in a vintage blue peeking out near the clasp help finish this creation with flair.

I was impressed with the quality, look and feel of the antiqued brass components I played with as well as how wonderful they all work with the coloured resin! And it is always a pleasure to dally with Czech glass!

So, there you have it!!! A complete creation using some things old and some things new, nothing really borrowed (unless you could the inspiration from the past!) and definitely things blue!

See you on Whimsy Wednesday!!

Legalese: I have received the following products free of charge from and I am honestly reviewing them. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received: Kabela Design Antique Brass Filigree Leaf Hook and Eye Clasp, Kabela Design Antique Brass Elegance Link, JBB Antique Brass Y Shaped Vine with Leaves and 3 Loops Link, Antique Brass Plated 3+1 Medium Round and Oval Link Chain, Czech Glass Bead Maple Leaf in Blue/Beige and Czech Glass Bead Light Blue/Amber Mix Diamond w/Picasso Rectangle .

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