I was lucky enough to be chosen by the lovely Lorelei Eurto to participate in her Hoops Challenge! Today is the reveal day! She chose 6 people to make something with these gorgeous hoops from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio! I had the pleasure of meeting both of them at Bead Fest Philly this year, and they are really some lovely people!
These are the hoops we were sent. The challenge was to really go outside the box and make anything our heart desired.
I really really wanted to make myself a necklace with these – I had them laying on my counter for a week in the design that I wanted to make. But – I also wanted to do something different, to show you how flexible Karen’s components are! So! I made ornaments! I was looking at another piece I made at ArtBLISS two years ago, and had a vision for how I wanted these ornaments to be! I really like the vintage feel of these hoops – not only in the shape, but in the color as well. I used brass because I felt it went well with the Victorian feel I was looking for.
This one is made with chain, a handmade hanger, and two pearls separated by a rondelle spacer. I really like it!
This one was made with one of my own sugar beads, a handmade hanger, and a plumb bob that to me looks kind of like a Christmas tree.
Finally this pink one has a sugar bead, a handmade hanger, and three dangles – a heart charm, a bird, and a pearl. I also used victorian/vintage looking bead caps on the lampwork bead, and I think they go very well with the theme I was trying to accomplish!
See the list of participants below, give them some love, and then go to Karen’s shop to give her some love as well! Thanks for stopping by!