Saturday, December 18, 2010

Joann's Demo Challenge

Jesse James bead sets (left), finished stretch bracelets

Throughout my three years working at Joann Etc., I elect to do the jewelry demos every so often. In the pass I usually post (months later) when I complete one. I want to get better at posting these sort of things but I get so bumped about the demo that I don’t get excited about doing them. Reason being because the demos are usually very easy skills that I acquired some time ago. I’m a person who needs to be challenged (there goes that word again) but anyway…I need to be provoked! So today I provoked myself into doing something different.

the finished bracelet with a charm dangle from the toggle

I got so excited about the challenge and revealing yesterday that I’m still in that mode, looking for another avenue pump up the creative juices and come up with something good. I went in earlier in the week to make a couple of the samples for the demo and realized that it really would only take me 15 minutes to complete the entire thing (I get two hours for each demo). So I challenged myself to come with a new design, using different techniques and skill sets but using some of the beads from the demo. The beads are titled "Designer Mixes, Trendy, Hot, Current Colors". I think it looks like a blue jean mix. I also added beads from the Michaels Challenge and some of the rock crystal. I have three different metals; brass, silver and gunmetal in this design. It’s funny because the managers and guests liked my bracelet over the stretch ones. I felt good about it too!

I just wanted to share my self created challenge. I want to host a challenge, titled “Treasure Hunt”. I haven’t worked out the details yet but as soon as I do I’ll let everyone in on it. I thought blog hopping and viewing each other’s designs was fun. And I can’t wait to get started on the next one.

Below is the Jesse James display at the store.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Michaels Challenge Reveal


The 3rd Challenged for Michaels and it seems to be the Winter Edition. I named my piece due to my picture below (previous post). It took me so long to finally get this piece made. I started with actually making a double chain assemble but did not like it. The pendant did not quite turn out as I had planned...PRACTICE need more PREACTICE but nevertheless I'm happy with the end result. I know what to do next time.

The pendant is a cut out from the my previous post. I added the red czech to reflect the frozen berries and the rock (quartz) crystal I just wanted to add it. I substituted the faceted MOP bead with the open black MOP beads. I could find the pearl (went to two Michaels and called three).

I had a ton of fun making this piece. I gotta work on the pics too!

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