Thursday, January 24, 2013

Design Time for ZNet Shows!

If you didn't see my recent post, I was selected by ZNet Shows to receive some free Cultured Sea Glass Beads in order to design some pieces for this new bead line. Isn't that any beader's dream?

The generous selection of Sea Glass beads and pendants!
 Despite a crazy schedule, I was able to create four pieces; two earring pairs and 2 necklaces. I have another necklace design dancing in my head, but sadly, haven't been able to sit down and bring it to fruition, and the deadline is today.

When I sat down to start my designs, I thought about the purpose of the creations...they are supposed to showcase the Sea Glass, so that other beaders can get ideas on how to utilize the beads. So I put my pride away and focused on making the Sea Glass the stars of the show.

The first pair of earrings are simple, but I love them! Two rectangle pendants, with accenting blue rounds, wrapped and joined to silver ear wires.

Next, I used two of the dagger shaped beads and black crystals for the second set of earings. These were wire-wrapped on some rosy copper, and I made some simple coordinating ear wires to finish the earrings off.

For the first necklace, I stacked two of the pendants to create one, more substantial pendant, which was wrapped onto a bail and added to some silver chain. I accented the necklace with some more of the shaped sea glass, and made the necklace adjustable by using a lobster clasp and more chain. I would definitely wear this with a pretty sundress on a summer day!

With the second necklace, I wanted to make use of some of the crystals that ZNet sent, just because I can't resist anything sparkly. I'm not much of a girly-girl, but sparkles are a favorite. So I wrapped individual crystals and created a chain, with the toggle clasp off to the side. The pendant on this necklace is simple--again I wanted to showcase how easy it is to make something beautiful with these beads!

I can't thank ZNet Shows enough for their generous offer and the opportunity to get to design with some of their beads. Please check out their ZNet Shows Facebook page or ZNet Shows' blog about the challenge to see some of the other beautiful creations by other artists!


  1. All the pieces are so lovely...just fell in love with the blue rectangular earrings and first necklace. Good work Rachel.

  2. Love your designs. The last necklace is what I saw in my head before I started to design. I guess my muse wanted something else. None of my pieces look like this LOL. A great necklace.

    1. Isn't it funny how our muse just does whatever it wants! :D I had other ideas floating around, too, but these are what revealed themselves!

  3. Your pieces are lovely! I especially like the first necklace with the double pendant - great design! Good luck!!

  4. I like the double pendant too. It works well in this design.

  5. Your pieces are truly lovely! I love the elegance and detail in your work.

  6. Lovely pieces all of them. You did a great job :)

  7. You've really made some stunning pieces. I don't think I can pick a favorite but I do think the way you layered the two pieces of glass is pretty cool!

  8. Great pieces. I haven't had time to work with my dagger pieces yet. But I like all your designs.

  9. What a great color! I'm glad I didn't have to chose what color to work with, because I am finding I like ALL of them. I love the way you stacked the glass, what a great idea! I got to play with the crystals, too - they really grab the light, don't they? All of your designs look great. This was one quick design challenge that everyone rocked!


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