Several weeks back I was part of a design team for ZnetShows to create designs around Fall and adding upcycled elements to our pieces.
But the thing is that when I went to select my beads from ZnetShows I got my sizing all mixed up. I ordered beads that I thought were a fairly good size (jasper stones) that turned out to be on the 'micro' side. And the pearls I ordered I thought would be petite .... and they turned out to be anything but! What's a girl to do, but roll with it.
I did create a holiday necklace with my pearls (you can see my first design here), but since I originally thought I'd ordered small pearls ... the 2 strands of extra large pearls that arrived were way more than I needed for my project.
And so I decided to share with a few of my beady friends to see what everyone else might do with these beads. It made for a wonderful challenge and I can't wait to see what everyone did with their pearls.
So my second piece with these pearls is another necklace, but this time a collar length double strand. I really wanted to try black leather with these pearls and pulled out some gorgeous deer leather I recently picked up from Melinda Orr at her ORRTEC shop. Love this stuff, and it was soft enough for me to stitch right into the leather so I could secure it as a loop around the large glass pearls.
As a little extra, I decided to include some matching earrings ... but only with the smaller pearls I bought. These have a really nice swing to them and are very light and comfortable. I think I'll have some fun wearing these! Please be sure to check out everyone else's creations: Bobbie, Christine, Hope, Linda, Therese and Val.