The Chicklet beads are fun little bits of beads (okay, they're whole beads, but they're little bitty beads!) with a flower design pressed into each side. They're so cute!!! As part of the design challenge, each of the designers (you can find the list below, at the bottom of this post) received a chicklet bead. We each received a different color bead, and had to create something with it. I received a lovely reddish brown chicklet bead. One of my favorite colors.
I had a hard time initially with this challenge, because I felt all my ideas overwhelmed the bead. I pondered bead-weaving, treating it like a cab and framing it, stringing it with other beads. Nothing worked for me. And it's so cute, I really wanted to showcase it!
So, finally, I went back to a favorite technique, chainmaille. One of the things I love about the SueBead Chicklet is the low profile it has. Its a nice, flat bead, perfect for a bracelet for a klutzy chick (that would be me, btw...) With that in mind, I decided to use an equally "low profile" chainmaille weave, the helms weave. I combined wonderful Kelly-green rings with simple copper to keep the focus on the bead, and added a bit of czech glass to give it some sparkle. Take a look!
Go show the rest of the designers some love! Thank you Toltec Jewels and SueBeads!!
Guest of Honor & Featured Artist: Susan Kennedy
Sue Kennedy's blogs: SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
Sue Kennedy's website SueBeads
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Toltec Jewels http://www.
Linda Anderson http://fromthebeadboard.
Jennifer Reno http://jenrenjewelry.
Shirley Moore http://beadsandbread.
Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.
Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.
Jael Thorp http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.
Melissa Trudinger http://Beadrecipes.
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.
Nan Smith http://wirednan.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina www.peru-medesigns.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.
Carolyn Lawson http://Carolynscreationswa.
Rana Wilson http://Ranaleadesigns.
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.
Robin Showstack http://
Sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.
Karla Morgan http://Texaspepperjams.
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.
Kelly Rodgers https://www.facebook.com/
Jayne Capps https://mamasgottodoodle.
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi https://micheladasmusings.
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.
Chris Eisenberg www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding http://www.zibbet.com/
Linda Landig http://lindalandig.
Crystal Thain http://beaddragons.blogspot.
Cheri Reed http://
Heather d-Entremont http://frugalmadougall.
Dini Bruinsma http://angazabychanges.
Lori Schneider http://www.beadaddicted.
Tammy Adams http://www.paisleylizard.com/
Melinda Orr http://bandanagirl.indiemade.
Lennis Carrier http://windbent.wordpress.
Cynthia Machata http://antiquitytravelers.
Elizabeth Hodges http://thewhisperingseas.
Debbie Rasmussen http://kepirasmussen.
Tanya McGuire http://tanyamcguire.
Charlie Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog/
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson http://sharylsjewelry.
Jasvanti Patel http://jewelrybyjasvanti.