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Re: January Challenge

Post  Mead Moon on Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:52 pm

I was going to enter a glass pendant, but had a slight disaster in that the glass which I thought was White, turned out Salmon Pink after being fused and totally destroyed the look of the piece! So here's my Snow Maiden choker instead (which you may have seen before - sorry!).

Snow Maiden Choker made of rock crystal chips and sterling silver wire

Inside of choker showing the inner collar         Detail of clasp showing the hallmark
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Post  Batty on Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:18 pm

That looks stunning Bead Moon, how long did it take to knit that? I have to ask, is the wire soft on the neck? i'd love to have a go at making something like that.
have you other piece's that you've knitted?
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Post  Odonata on Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:58 am

I hadn't seen it before Elaine but it's stunning. Just gorgeous. Well done and VERY appropriate to the theme me thinks.
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Re: January Challenge

Post  Ashlynn on Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:17 am

Lovely Elaine and very appropriate.

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Post  Cornish on Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:48 pm

Fits the theme brilliantly and it's very lovely Elaine.
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Post  ToBeadOrNotToBead on Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:11 pm

I love your cascade of icicles, Elaine. Very elegant.

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Post  Mead Moon on Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:13 pm

Thank you for the lovely comments. I hadn't thought of it being like cascading icicles but that's a good image.

Batty, this one is crocheted, rather than knitted. I have done a couple of other things - a knitted bracelet and earrings - and find knitting with wire slightly easier than crocheting it. The choker was *very* time consuming though. I'd hate to try and count up the number of hours it took; one evening was spent simply threading more than 600 crystal chips onto a spool of wire. The bracelet was very much quicker.

Is it soft? Well, I'd not really thought about it in those terms. It is comfortable to wear; the wire is flexible because it's so fine (and cold when you first put it on, but soon warms up) and not scratchy at all. It fits very snugly so doesn't move around a lot. I suppose that it could be lined with some material if you were worried about having crocheted wire next to your neck.
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Post  Batty on Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:59 pm

Did I say soft, guess i was trying to be diplomatic and failed, yes I meant is it comfortable.
But you are right, one could line it. sunny


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Post  Ashlynn on Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:50 pm

Very simple from me this month - frosted nuggets of ice............



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Post  Batty on Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:36 pm

I like them, made me want a G&T, shame there's no T, in the house.
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Re: January Challenge

Post  lislarch on Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:34 pm

Beautiful Elaine, so icy brrr.........
Very elegant Ashlynn.
Don't think I'm going to get one done for this month.
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Post  Tinker on Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:57 pm

Brilliant entries, Elaine and Ashlynn! I have a bead - I haven't done anything with it yet so I think I'll just post up a pic of the bead later.
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Post  Cornish on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:12 pm

they are lovely Lynn.

I've made a couple of beads, a Snow Blossom or Ice Blossom and an Owl.


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Post  ToBeadOrNotToBead on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:36 pm

Lovely earrings, Ashlynn. They remind me of a frozen waterfall.

Great beads, Cornish. That's definitely a Snowy Owl! (I was a member of the Young Ornithologist Club when I was a child!)

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Re: January Challenge

Post  Ashlynn on Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:05 pm

Thank you ladies, didn't think I would have time this month with January's work load.

I love reading what you all see in each piece- never thought of a frozen waterfall Pru.

Love the ice blossom Cornish, those colours are so chilly.
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Post  Batty on Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:40 pm

Ice Blossom, what a lovely bead and your owls are just great. -x-
I can't even think about letting Patrick go..... flower
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Post  Mead Moon on Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:21 pm

Lynne's earrings are lovely, so classy, and I love the snow/ice blossom, it has loads of depth. The owl is cute too.
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Post  nangoose on Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:29 pm

great entries,
promise I will try and get my finger out and try and play next one.
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Re: January Challenge

Post  Odonata on Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:34 pm

Ooo cathedral beads,love them. They're beautiful earrings Ashlynn.
Loving the Ice Blossom bead Kat.

Both great entries girls.

I have my beads spread out on the workshop for this project but when I went to make a start yesterday I discovered I had no bead thread left Sad What a twit!
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Re: January Challenge

Post  lislarch on Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:27 pm

Snow blossom is gorgeous Vic!
I promise I'll do something for next months, it took me so long to finish my JMOY I haven't done anything else. Anyway I think I'm giving the prize for this months comp.
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Post  Tinker on Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:19 pm

Okiecokey, always lastminute.com from me lol.

Here is my entry - 'Big, sparkly, cold, rock thingie' - I'd thing of a more artistic title but frankly I'm too cold rabbit

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Post  ToBeadOrNotToBead on Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:36 pm

I think the name is perfect Tinker. Your lovely bead is absolutely spot on for the weather today!

Here is my entry, just in the nick of time! It is a bracelet made of kumihimo and tiny AB coated drop beads.


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Re: January Challenge

Post  Batty on Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:51 pm

Yeah......
Love the big thingie Tinks, could you make it into a ring?

Pru, You really have mastered the kumihimo, looks great

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Post  Cornish on Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:01 pm

Tink Love the name of the big sparkly thingie bead and it looks lovely.

Pru ohh that looks gorgeous.
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Re: January Challenge

Post  lislarch on Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:48 pm

Tinker it looks like a chiselled snowball, what a great irridescent texture.
Pru I love your bracelet, I would so wear that (here's my address: lol). You are the kumihimo master!
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