Andrew Thornton Challenges

View new Challenges I finish Each Month!!

 

Mystery Challenge

Wow!  When I first got the kit I thought the colors were fresh and fabulous!  Perfect for spring!  Then I got a little overwhelmed with how to combine the colors to get the most out of the challenge.  It wasn’t too hard when I got in the swing of it.  The shades of purple and orange were just so enticing and the special handmade component was an awesome incorporation of the colors.  I tried to bring that out in my bracelet that uses the handmade focal piece and goes from shades of purple to shades of orange, with a little white enameled bird to bring out the white in the bracelet bar design.  But I guess at heart I’m an earring girl and I just loved using the orange and purple to make several pairs of earrings.  My favorite are the Day of the Dead (too late for Cinco de Mayo) earrings!  I think copper was a great metal to bring out the colors here and I used a lot of it. 

Mystery Challenge

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Another great challenge with great pieces still to use!  Thanks Andrew!

 

Gold Challenge

Another great  challenge.

 

 

Warrior Stone Challenge

Labradorite. One of my favorite stones!  It has such great versatility. You can’t really go wrong with a color palate.  And oh the flash!  Everyone loves that color change with the light!

 

I designed a “warrior” bracelet and matching earrings using the lab cubes, red faceted rondelle gems, garnet and silver/gunmetal and soft red leather on the bracelet. Very empowering, I think!  I then went the other way and  designed a “princess warrior” bracelet with the lab rondelles, ab coated moonstone nugget, turquoise blue Ethiopian opal charms and light blue gemstone  charms on metal etched connectors that I tied together. Love this one too!  Will have to do some matching earrings later!

 

Here’s the list of other participants:

 

Can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!

 

Endless Sky Challenge

We have another great challenge from Andrew Thornton. I loved the sound of this one and couldn’t wait to get the beads to create something. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s designs.

Christy 🙂

 

 

Frenzied Motion Challenge

One again, Andrew has another great challenge. I can’t wait to se everyone else has created!

Christy:)

Beadsophisticate

Christina Hickman

Michelle McCarthy

Marybeth Rich

Alison Herrington

Ann Schroeder

Andrew Thornton, Laurel Ross, Joanne Goldberg, Lisa Mendum

 

Beadsophisticate https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich http://www.forestofjewels.blogspot.com

Alison Herrington http://www.AlisonAdorns.blogspot.com

Ann Schroeder http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Andrew Thornton, Laurel Ross, Joanne Goldberg, Lisa Mendum http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/

 

Spring Awaking Challenge

I purchased this design kit because I loved the bright colors! I initially had the idea that I would combine all the colors and try to do an ombre design; however, I totally fell in love with the turquoise blue and mint green beads and decided to use those colors separately.  The turquoise and gold bracelet is my favorite and the first piece that I created.  I was pleased with how the bracelet with shades of green turned out and absolutely adore the bird wood tile charm that came from my own stash.  It really pulls the colors together.  There were many matching pairs of beads that were perfect for earrings!  My favorite earrings are the green and gold ones with the glass drops, followed by the sterling silver and dark green faceted pearls with dark mottled briolette gemstone.

Thank you Andrew for providing such a great kit!

Now – on to the blog hop!  Can’t wait to see the designs on this one!

Christy:)

It looks like we’re going to have a light reveal this time.  No worries… just more for the Catch Up Reveal!  Lol!

 

Here’s the list two ways:

 

Paula Kramer

Jeanne Steck

Christina Porter

Ann Schroeder

Michelle McCarthy of Playing with Clay

Lennis Carrier

Alison Herrington

Andrew Thornton

 

Paula Kramer http://cavecreekbeads.blogspot.com

Jeanne Steck http://www.gemsbyjeannemarie.blogspot.com/

Christina Porter http://queenbeedesignsny.com

Ann Schroeder http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Michelle McCarthy of Playing with Clay www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Lennis Carrier http://Windbent.wordpress.com

Alison Herrington http://www.AlisonAdorns.blogspot.com/

Andrew Thornton http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com

 

Royal Feather Challenge

One again, Andrew has another great challenge. I can’t wait to se everyone else has created!

 

Here is the list of the other participants. Have fun looking around at all the others!

Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Ann Schroeder http://beadlove.wordpress.com

Sarajo Wentling http://sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-blog-hop.html

Christina Porter http://queenbeedesignsny.com/?page_id=62

Tammy Bowman http://innermusejewelry.blogspot.com

Tara Linda http://taralinda.wordpress.com

On Andrew Thornton’s blog:

Andrew Thornton http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-andrew.html

Margriet Schnabel http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-margriet.html

Keisha Russell http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-keisha.html

Tara Linda http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-tara.html

Alison Herrington http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-alison.html

Laurel Ross http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-laurel.html

Marcia Gilbert http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-marcia.html

Joanne Goldberg http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-joanne.html

Crystal Lombardo Farrell http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-crystal.html

Cheryl Lee Tucker http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/2014/10/royal-feather-challenge-reveal-cheryl.html

 

“Festival of Lights” Challenge

Once again, Andrew has come through with a great selection of beads and colors for us to work with! Andrew said his inspiration was a carnival – which was clear from the colors chosen.     I chose the circus/carnival as my inspiration.  I took my cue from some U.S. postage circus stamps that were on a letter I received.  The pendant on the necklace is made from a recycled stamp and is reversible to another postage stamp.  I used one of the colorful red/yellow polka dot lampwork bead with the pendant and some of the crystals and beads from Andrew to make the necklace itself.  I finished it off with some tie-dyed Sari silk in a rich red color.   The bracelet is also made with a circus theme in the same color palette.  I used Andrew’s handmade “rusty ferris wheel” charm opposite my new sparkly ferris wheel, which incorporates the colorful bead mix Andrew provided wire wrapped around a brass clock/watch piece.      A few pairs of earrings complete the challenge.  The dangly silver earrings with charms of blue, orange, white and red signify the strings of lights in a carnival.  The steampunky funky earrings are intended to represent that part of the circus/carnival devoted to strange and bizarre acts/people.     Here is a list of the other participants.  Have fun looking at the variety of jewelry crafted from the same mystery kit!

 

Festival of Lights Challenge

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July Challenge:

I love Andrew Thornton’s challenges!  He always provides such a great variety of bead types that will allow any beader to create something in his/her own style, as well as to create outside a beader’s comfort zone.  That is what I did in this case.   I absolutely loved the handmade polymer beads!  They were my favorite.  I don’t usually design with bigger beads, so this truly was a challenge.  I adore the bracelet and coordinating earrings that I made for the challenge.  I used the polymer beads, rough brass colored bead, mottled brown daggers and feather charm, as well as some of the other smaller Czech glass rondelles provided by Andrew with my own turquoise rondelles, patinaed metal piece and smoky quartz faceted oval and, of course, bird charm. The earrings incorporate some of the same pieces.   The other pair of earrings are more my “style”—delicate and feminine.  I used the long yellow Givre glass from Andrew with my own patinaed shell charm and tiny blue Czech glass beads on gold filled circle earwires.   I love the other elements Andrew gave us and just didn’t have time to incorporate them into the “perfect” piece.   I can’t wait to see what everyone else created!

November Challenge:

When I finally got the kit it was well into December.  It was particularly exciting, since there were no photos posted of the components!~  They were all so fabulous and I was excited to start on a project… However, with the holidays in full swing, there was little time to think about what I was going to do with it.  So, time goes by…New Year’s…work…  When I got the e-mail about the reveal date, I felt like I was behind the eight ball.  I worked hard this weekend to create designs that would do the components justice.  I really love all the pieces that I created – I focused on a nature theme and used the warm yellows and seed beads that were included in the kit, as well as the specially created “tree of life” pendant created by Andrew, which is absolutely gorgeous! In my excitement, I dropped and broke the “twig” in two pieces.  So here I am, Friday night, repairing the piece, hoping it wouldn’t look like I broke it.  Luckily, it was an easy fix and it incorporated perfectly into my necklace, which has a stone bird perched on the twig hanging from the balance of the necklace, with the tree of life pendant below the bird/twig, with charms hanging from a 14K gold chain. The bracelet uses the same seed beeds, light yellow fire polished Czech glass beads, a great brass tulip bead cap and nice faceted gemstone clasp!  For the earrings, I choose a Vintaj “queen bee” charm with the yellow crystals and smaller fire polished Czech glass beads.

Have fun Hoping around to the others:

October Challenge:

The Kit items reminded me of eclectic items I would collect as a kid and put in my jewelry box, especially the blue swirled ceramic bead from Keith O’Connor and deep blue round tiger’s eye carved bead.  I used the items in the luxury mix to make the necklace and a gunmetal padlock for my treasures as the pendant/clasp.  I attached more charm/ treasures dangling from the lock.  I also made a pair of semi-matching earrings from items in the luxury bead blend – I love the cobalt blue glass seed beads. They remind me of vintage blue glass!

Have fun Hoping around to the others:

Shay Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/ Michelle Hardy http://fireflyvisions.blogspot.com/ Rosemarie Cowit http://www.gemrosedesigns.blogspot.com/ Cilla Watkins  http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com/ Christina Porter http://www.QueenBeeDesignsNY.com/ Collette Collins http://fireflymyst.blogspot.com/  Mary Govaars http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/ Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/ Jessica Nelson  http://stilettospirituality.blogspot.com/ Tara Linda http://taralinda.wordpress.com/ Alice Peterson http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com/ Lisa Lodge http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com/ Cece Cormier http://www.thebeadingyogini.com/ Karin Slaton http://backstorybeads.blogspot.com/ Sandi Volpe http://www.sandivolpe.com/ Kate Richbourg http://katerichbourg.blogspot.com/ Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/ Michelle Mach http://www.michellemach.com/blog/ Andrew Thornton http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/

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