Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pepita Birthday Butterfly Hop

Alenka of Pepita Handmade in Slovenia is hosting a Hop today.  The rules were simple : make something with a butterfly theme.
 I signed up and my mind was blank.  Totally blank.  As fate would have it, I met up with my bead buddy Cynthia, we went to a show, and I got these cool components from Kabela Design for my butterfly necklace.

I should have taken a photo of the completed piece before it went to the chop.  I made little cocoons.  But it was awkward and the proportions were all wrong so it had to go.  This was my second design and I love it!
Fleur wearing the Butterfly 

For these flowers, I did designs on each side of the metal so if is twists, there is no wrong side.  On this side, I put teardrops.  

And on this side, I made a seed bead design.  

I put large Matte beads in these other flower components.  I put the components back to back to there is no wrong side for them either.  I did a spiral for the chain.  

Cynthia gave me this button clasp before I bought the metal components.  I thought it was pretty but wasn't sure what I would do with it.  When the necklace came together, all I needed was a clasp and that is when I remembered receiving this little beauty!  Thanks Cynthia!

Butterfly :-) 

I made two-sided earring with the leftover flower components.

Happy Birthday Alenka ~ sending you loving thoughts for a happy, healthy year!

Please go see all the other Beautiful Butterflies :

1. Alenka (Pepita) - hostess -->
2. Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) -->
6. Christine Altmiller -->
8. Dini Bruinsma -->
9. Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) -->
11. sheilaposter -->
16. Ana (ACBeads) -->
17. Jasvanti Patel -->
19. Nan Smith -->


Amy S. said...

Love love love love love!! The little flowers go perfect too. And Im drooling over your color way as well. The button clasp is wonderful. Totally digging this design!

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love the style. Very Victorian! The matching earrings are very pretty too. The cocoons sounds like it was a great idea. Too bad that didn't work out. :(

Maryanne said...

Beautiful!!!! I love Kabela's components and I love the beadwork you did around them and on them! This is a wonderful necklace, Christine!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

OMG awesome way to play up that amazing huge pendant, Christine. I love this set!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Christine,
Wow that is one awesome pendant it has a Celtic feel to it. Your necklace is so pretty I like the way you did the flower components so that they are pretty on either side nice touch.

AntiquityTravelers said...

this is fantastic Christine! how you brought this necklace together and the flow of the antiqued look is awesome! it is so fun to see how you use a piece, as I saw your focal at the beginning and thought ... hmmm, not sure how I'd use that? But this is gorgeous! love the dark colors with the brass - it is romantic and rich. and that button had me laughing. I thought oh! I've seen that before, but forgot it was in my large jar of buttons - LOL so glad it found the perfect home in this piece of yours!!

Beti Horvath said...

You came up with a great design and it highlights your beading skills! I like the combination of the sleek butterfly pendant and the embellished flowers, genius!

baymoondesign said...

I love your jewelry! I really like how some of your components are two sided. That is a nice feature to have in a design. Well done!

Kepi said...

Just stunning, what a beautiful set, love the color, love the design!

windrock studio said...

Don't you just love when it all comes together, even to the gifted clasp? And this really shines!

Ana Beads said...

Christine, you've done amazing work. The piece flows perfectly as if all the beaded components and the metal components were 'meant' for each other. It is a challenge to put metal and seed beads together in a interesting design but you've mastered it.

Pepita said...

Hi Christine,
Thank you very much for joining me in this blog hop!
Love your necklace and the way you've made it reversible, such a great idea!

Liz said...

Cocoons? Interesting. . .

I got lost in the Kabela website for a while, filigree mmmmmm nice.

I love LOVE the fact there is no wrong side. You took a scary big focal and turned it into an amazing, beautiful, wearable necklace. I'm very attracted to the focal (and could see buying it) but I think it would stay stuck in my bead stash never again to see the light of day. I'm glad you are a bold beader!

Unknown said...

Great work ♥ 2 Beautiful creations with lots of details in it to look at! Must be a pleasure to wear, with no 'wrong side'!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Yes...romantic is he perfect adjective for this beauty! I love that you stitched onto both sides of the components...genius!

Jasvanti said...

I love your necklace and earrings!!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous pieces! I love the vintage, sophisticated look of your jewelry. Fabulous response to the butterfly challenge!