Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Diamonds in the Rough

A couple of months ago, the good folks at ZNet Shows invited me to be part of their design team. It's a chance to work with a wide assortment of their cultured sea glass and other wholesale beads.

The latest challenge is "Diamonds in the Rough" -- I was invited to select beads and other components that have gone under-appreciated in their catalog, and make something that might spark ideas for other jewelry makers.  So I chose some things that would challenge me and played!  In case you're interested, the ZNet catalog numbers are included in the photo captions.

The first is a pair of earrings made with some Murano style glass puffed squares.  I dangled some red crystals from gold plated chain, and added them to a jump ring behind the Murano squares.  Easy peasy, but lots of swingy fun.

PT472 Gold foil Murano pendant
chain and beads were my own
These Murano donuts are quite blingy, with a silver background.  I dangled these from a fine link sterling chain, and then dangled some ZNet cultured sea glass nuggets from more chain.  I like how the muted color of the sea glass compliments yet tones down the sparkle of the donuts, and the chain lets them swing beautifully.

PT466 Silver foil Murano donut pendants
cultured sea glass nuggets
This necklace combines another Murano style puffed diamond, knotted on waxed linen with these glass quartz ovals in the most ethereal shade of blue.  I also included some of ZNet's barrel spaces and crystals.  The clasp is my own creation.

PT472 Gold foil Murano diamond pendant
SCBDG47 sky blue glass quartz oval puffed beads
ZNet antique copper spacers and green crystals
Finally, I must subconsciously want to go to the beach, because this necklace makes me feel like sand and surf.  The Murano style teardrop is paired with a shell rectangle, knotted simply on waxed linen and highlighted with sea green matte crystals.  Can you hear the roar of the ocean?

SCPDG256 black lip shell pendant
PT471  Gold foil Murano teardrop
ZNet matte crystals
I think these Murano beauties would be terrific in bead embroidered pieces as well, and will be breaking out the seed beads to work with them soon.  But the designs above are, hopefully, accessible for beaders of all experience levels, and can be dressed up or down to suit your tastes.  Thanks to Bill and the great people at ZNet Shows for providing me with another chance to stretch my creative wings with their products!

19 comments:

AntiquityTravelers said...

I am loving your Znet designs ... and these are gorgeous! I love Murano glass, and these are fun and playful. Beautiful designs!

NEDbeads said...

OoooOOO!!! I lOVE those donut earrings!! What a gorgeous combination! The sea glass just brings those to life, and I wouldn't have thought of the way you've hung them with chain - marvelous! They are all beautiful, of course - but those are my favs this time around. :) :) :)

Shirley Moore said...

Such pretty and stylish designs! What is hard to believe is that these are some 'forgotten' items in their catalog. I think they'll get a bunch of orders when people see your creations!

Christine Altmiller said...

That is a great idea ZNet has to do the Diamond in the Rough. And you made beautiful jewelry with your choices. I really like the swing of both earrings! And the blues and greens in the necklaces are so soothing.

BackstoryBeads said...

Love the light, airy feel of both necklaces. They are fabulous on their own, but I can also see them layered with other pieces for a great summer look!

CraftyHope said...

Ooohhh, you got some super cool glass! I like the way you made so many different styles. The bottom two in their blues really call my name though. And, the beachy-er the better! ;) Perfect for summer.

kmorgan said...

I love all the glass! Glass holds a special place in my heart so these are right up my alley! & I just love the colors. They do make you want to be at the beach! Fantastic pieces!:)

KayzKreationz said...

You made some really great pieces. I love the way you kept the focus on the mural glass. Very pretty designs.

Cindy Cima said...

Oh Bobbie - these are all so pretty! I love the donut earrings!

Pam Sears said...

You know, I looked at the Murano glass and thought "Nah, it's not something that I use." and moved on. You really did a lovely job. I now want to run back to Znet and get some of their Murano! Beautiful :)

Christine said...

I love your swingy earrings - both so pretty!! Your necklaces are beautiful!!

Liz E said...

Znet got a bargain sending you those beads, because you made their beads shine! Those murano donut earrings with the sea glass are brilliant.

Becky Pancake said...

Hi Bobbie, Your designs are great. My favorite is the blue glass quartz ovals necklace. I used the same color in one of my pieces but in a diamond shape. You are right it is a great color.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I love all of your designs - my favorite is the "beachy" necklace! I love anything that reminds me of the ocean.

Christina Miles said...

Very cool stuff! The earrings are so fun, I would wear those... :-) Best of luck to you on the challenge!

Rachel said...

Lovely color combinations in all of your pieces! Such fun!

Mimi Gardner said...

So love the sea glass & Murano glass donut earrings...all your designs are beautiful, Bobbie. Perfect for Summer!

Therese's Treasures said...

Wow Bobbie these are awesome I really, really like the earrings!
Therese

Nissa said...

Those sea glass nuggets are just to die for!!! Now I really want them :)I would love it if you checked out my jewelry!
Nissa