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Challenge Yourself!

About this design:

Have you tried any of the many jewelry challenges offered out there...magazine, jewelry supply sites, blogs?? If not, I encourage you to give one a try sometime. I have particularly enjoyed the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge using a variety of fine art. This month's was a gorgeous Japanese woodcut. Here's my entry. I enjoy the challenge and stretching myself to see what creative piece of jewelry lurks inside each art work. The scrolled beads didn't make it into the bracelet, but I'll definitely be using them in another piece. I made them to look like antique cinnabar.


Handmade poly clay focal by me, dyed chunky coral, a few sparkly crystals, a tassel for fun.

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  1. Valley Girl
    Valley Girl says:

    You did great… Love this design!

  2. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Fab design and piece!

  3. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Perky!! :D

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    JC Hamm says:

    Stunning work,I love the clay focal you made.

  5. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Gorgeous! You continue to amaze and inspire me. =^__^=

  6. Gramnan
    Gramnan says:

    Great work..I would wear this in a heart beat!

  7. Sarajo W
    Sarajo W says:

    Great job! I love the scrolled beads too and have no doubt you’ll find a fantastic use for them.

  8. Frida
    Frida says:

    Fabulous!! Great work :D

  9. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Gorgeous! Love your focal. :)

  10. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love your interpretation of Toshi Yoshida print :D

  11. Elis Mom
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  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Fantastic! I really love the focal bead you made and the ones you didn’t use as well.

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow this piece is amazing! I love your creativity, it really inspires me. Thank you!

  14. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Beautiful work! Love the piece & love the extea beads. Hope u will post a pic when u do use them!! Envious of your work!!

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    DbnRose says:

    A truly beautiful piece. Congratulations.

    KATHERINE T says:

    I really like this piece. I especially like the color because it is red and it really pop!

  17. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    I love everything about this piece! This is what I aspire to. Hope some day I’m half as good as you!

  18. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I love how your bracelet came out… and so impressed with the polymer clay pieces you created. (and the woodcut is so attractive, too. It may be inspiring me to try cherryblossom oink w/cinnabar.)
    Oop, typo should be cherryblossom PINK…. but too funny to erase!

  19. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Oooh, just checked out Art Bead Scene, was pleasantly surprised that the featured Designer of the Week is our Lima Beading Friend Linda, of Diva Designs!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  21. ginAveri aka Dee
    ginAveri aka Dee says:

    It’s nice to see3 someone is not afraid to work with the coler RED. I love this bracelet. Really nice work.

  22. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Oh, my! So glad you all think this is a cool piece. The red makes me happy, happy inside, too. Stop by the Art Bead Scene Blog on Feb. 28th to enjoy everyone’s design results for this challenge.

    And Eeka Mouse, I thought quite a lot about going with the pink cherry blossoms…so delicate. So do please post your creation for us to enjoy if you do decide to pursue that. And BRAVO, absolutely, for Lynda at Diva Designs for her stunning poly clay red jade earrings.

  23. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I thought I commented! :( Awesome design! Love the brightness of the reds!!

  24. Rocky D
    Rocky D says:

    Great design! Love the roll up beads too.

  25. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    Wow! I love, love, love this bracelet, and your beads!

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