Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Andrew's "Jonquil" challenge reveal and blog hop

You all know Andrew Thornton, don't you?

Well, this challenge was a long time in the making. I was thrilled when I was able to snag one of Andrew's kits (back on 11/25/11). Not only was there a "mystery component", but the entire kit was a mystery when I hit the "buy" button. Andrew offered the kits as a pre-sale, sight unseen. The "mystery component" is a beautiful pendant, which I used for my focal. I'm not sure if Andrew made it, or his sister Cynthia (love her name, BTW). But I really like it! I used just about all the major beads from the kit. There was a baggie of seed beads with some small to medium beads mixed in. I used some of those too. I'm not a "seed beader", so I don't use seed beads in my jewelry very often. I added the filigree ring, to create a toggle clasp at the front of the necklace. I used the chain from the kit, but I doubled it up, to give it a bit more weight.

Here's a close up of the beautiful "mystery component"....fabulous!!!

Here's the list of blog hop participants:
Alice Bavaud will have pieces on Andrew Thornton's blog
Thanks to Andrew for the beautiful kit!! Enjoy the eye candy!


  1. Just brilliant. I love how you made the twig bead a focal and toggle bar. Really gorgeous piece. ;-)

  2. So pretty Miss Cynthia! I love the toggle and the way the yellows mellow a bit when paired with the pretty Vintaj brass. That focal is so special. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the day!

  3. Anonymous2:31 PM

    I love this! Very cool that you made a clasp of the twig!

  4. Very lovely necklace! I really like the doubling up on the chain - gives it a very different look. I also like the bead caps turned outward, I will have to try doing that sometime too. Great job! Dawn

  5. Very pretty! I love that filigree ring. It is perfect for the focal and compliments the twig perfectly.

  6. Beautiful! I really like what you've done including the toggle in front. Very versatile piece that will go with a lot!

  7. LOVELOVELOVE!!!! This is lovely - beautiful focal I am sorry I didn't get one of these you did an awesome job!

  8. Anonymous7:05 AM

    Very pretty! I love how you used the twig bead as part of a toggle clasp.


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