03 August 2014

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Design Challenge & Hop

Toltec Jewels, of the Jewel School Friends Blog, is hosting, with Sue Kennedy of SueBeads blog and shop, a fun bloghop featuring SueBeads Chicklet beads, the Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Design Challenge!

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
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Sue Kennedy's website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads                                SueBeads


Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com


Linda Anderson                                       http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Reno                                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Shirley Moore                                          http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/

Kristen Stevens                                        http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com

Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/

Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Andrea Glick                                            http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith                                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                                         www.peru-medesigns.com

Shai Williams                                            http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Rana Wilson                                             http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Robin Reed                                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/

Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury                                             http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Kelly Rodgers                                          https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue

Jayne Capps                                            https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/

Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Kathleen Breeding                                   http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall

Linda Landig                                           http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Crystal Thain                                           http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed                                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/

Dini Bruinsma                                          http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                                         http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams                                        http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Melinda Orr                                            http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog

Lennis Carrier                                         http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/

Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/

Charlie Jacka                                          http://clay-space.com/blog/

Ev Shelby                                               http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com


  1. I love the earthy color combination you used. Your bracelet is a perfect fall design. (or any season, because I would wear those colors any time) Lovely idea.

  2. very nice indeed You chose a simple design and let the color of the chicklet speak for itself

  3. lovely! and the copper was the perfect pairing to bring out the colors of the chicklet!

  4. What a great way to highlight the chicklet bead. Lovely

  5. Very autumnal. I think you did a great job.

  6. Your bracelet is lovely. You made wonderful choices all the way along to really highlight the chicklet just like you wanted. I love the color combo!

  7. Stunning! your colors choices are perfect...really beautiful design and your chicklet really pops!

  8. What a great bracelet. I just love ones that won't get in my way when I am working and this bracelet is just perfect.

  9. Nice color choices, really shows off the chicklet.
    And my favorite kind of clasp.

  10. Beautiful bracelet, the chicklet is perfectly showcased by the chainmaille!

  11. Absolutely perfect! This challenge is making me wish I could do a million different things I've never done before!

  12. I think you made the perfect choice. That chain maille sets off the chicklet perfectly! What a great color palette!

  13. This is another great design idea I never would have thought of--chain maille! Gosh, it looks fantastic with this bead, and I love the 2-tone colors too!

  14. OMgoodness!! Chainmaille is BRILLIANT! Colors are perfection and the perfect weave! Great job!

    Linda A.

  15. I like it! :) Combo of green and copper really accent the piece..lovely design...

  16. Very pretty bracelet. The chain really highlights the focal bead.

  17. This is such a great piece for the fall. I love that you used chainmaille. One of these days I'm going to learn how to do that!

  18. You did a superb job with the bracelet, i like the chainmaille.

  19. I love what you call your 'low profile' chainmaille, for me it's high profile (-: !!! The result is a very beautiful, a great colour combination with the chicklet♥!

  20. Great design and execution. I'm loving chain maille more and more these days. I still haven't dived into it yet but your bracelet inspires me to give it a try. Love the colors of your jumprings. They highlight the chicklet so well ! Fabulous bracelet!

  21. Beautiful piece! I love the chain maille, it is something I so want to learn! The green really made the copper pop! Excellent job !

  22. Did my comment post? I'm not seeing a pending notification, nor my comment. Just in case, I'll say it again, my friend! I LOVE your chainmaille chicklet jewelry -- beautiful use of Czech & rings, with a gorgeous, rich colorway. The forest green & copper is luscious, and looks great with the chicklet. The Helm's weave is a wonderful choice & I have to say, this is my favorite by far! A star of the show! Bravo! Thank you Rana for sharing your talents with us and thank you for joining in the challenge!
    Happy Hopping! Love xxoo Rita

  23. Lovely chainmaille! I like the two tone colors, they make your chicklet shine! I could see this bracelet as an anklet. Is that a magnetic clasp?


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