The beads were all in 4th of July colors -- red, white and blue. The host had chosen some delicious looking real white free-formed pearls, some Swarovsky teardrop crystals and other pearls and glass beads. There were also some blue millefiori beads that threw me for a loop because they didn't seem to go with all the other higher end beads.
I let the beads speak to me, and those white pearls just begged to be hung by a chain and be featured. I am a big believer of putting the "money" in the middle, so that's where I put my favorite beads, and worked up from there. Since I didn't want to ask anyone for crimp beads, I also figured out a way to make the entire necklace out of chain and wire -- it also took care of my personal challenge of not using any of my own beads -- just those provided!
Here's my 4th of July necklace, and accompanying earrings. Finished in about 75 minutes, with time to spare to chat and see what everyone else has created! I am also showing you the two beads that refused to co-operate and work with my design. These little orphans will just have to be used elsewhere.
I'm pleased. I was certainly challenged, and there was that underlying fear that the necklaces would be judged at the end. Would I have stood a chance if it was? Hard to say! Everyone has a different idea of what is beautiful, and I tend to design for myself, 'cause I'm the one wearing it. Happy 4th of July my fellow creative peeps!