Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Study in greys: Gemstone and Metal blog hop

It’s reveal day for the latest of Lisa Lodge ‘s blog hops—the Gemstone and Metal blog hop. In this challenge, Lisa sent us several shapes of one gemstone, and a variety of coordinating metal. My selection included beautiful black-veined jasper in coin shapes, flat ovals and rectangular pillows, and some small faceted square pillows, along with three different shapes of silver plated beads and a silver-plated clasp.


I initially knotted a selection of the beads onto deep red waxed linen, but when I looked at the necklace the small pops of red between each bead didn’t do it for me. I needed a bigger burst of colour to contrast with the silvers and blacks of the beads in the kit. That was on Thursday. After digging through my stash both yesterday and today (Saturday), I finally found a small oval red Czech glass bead that was both the right size to go with the jasper beads, and the right colour red to go with the waxed linen. I don’t have a lot of red beads, it’s not a colour I go to as a rule. And I was kind of bummed that I didn’t have an art bead or focal that worked nicely. The intense blacks and silvery-greys of the jasper were more challenging than I thought they’d be!

But this is where the fun really started. First I didn’t like the spot I had put the red bead into, and pulled it apart. Then I forgot a knot between two beads, and couldn’t undo the last knot I had made, so I snipped it all apart again. Then I thought I had enough waxed linen, but came up too short. So all in all, I started over four times today. And I was very glad to have the “extra” day that comes from being halfway around the world (we won’t talk about how long I’ve actually had the kit)!

I finally finished it late this afternoon just as the light was disappearing, so I was lucky to get a useable photo. But I’m interested to know whether you think there is enough colour in it now? I like it, but it could use a few more red beads I think.


What didn’t I use? The small faceted squares and the tiny silver flowers. I’m sure they’ll find their way into something else at some point though!

Anyway, as always, this is a blog hop and there are a whole bunch of other jewellery designers playing along. Please take some time to visit their blogs and look at what they created! And thank you Lisa for a great challenge!

Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Marybeth Rich, A Few Words from within the Pines

Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out

Ann Schroeder, Bead Love

Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog

Margaret Pelech, Big Margaret

Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation

Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations

Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes <– YOU ARE HERE!!!

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings

Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware (May be delayed a few days)

Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life

Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD

Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry

Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons

Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)

Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs

Judy Campbell, Macmillanmarie Jewellery Design

Nan Smith, Handmade Jewelry Nanmade

Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns

Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board

Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn Jewelry

Lisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs

Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs


24 thoughts on “Study in greys: Gemstone and Metal blog hop”

  1. First of all, let me say I really admire your persistence. I give up so easily when anything goes wrong. So kudos to you. But also what a really pretty necklace! I love it just the way it is. I think there is just the right amount of red to pop – especially that one big red bead.

  2. I think red was a great choice to compliment the stones you were sent. I admit I would have been stumped in moving away from a monochromatic color scheme. We’ve all been there when it comes to remaking / restringing one piece until you feel you’ve got it right. Your final piece is gorgeous!

  3. I admire your persistence. I rarely like my first design idea. When I actually start to combine the beads, I usually discover something I don’t like. I am glad that you love your finished product. It makes it all worthwhile!

  4. I love your necklace, the red cord is perfect with it and the single red bead is just right. I had the same problem, I wanted to do red but it’s not a color I use very often so I don’t have a lot of them.

  5. To me, black, white and red are the perfect combination – a color three-way that I turn to often, especially in the Winter months. Your necklace is fantastic – the red cord perfection! 🙂

  6. Hi Melissa, I think your necklace is lovely just the way it is. The one red bead, one blue bead, and the red cord make the black and white jasper really attract attention.

  7. Red seems to be a popular pairing for the black-veined jasper. But your waxed linen pairing is spectacular. I think the one red bead is just enough. The cord gives the rest of the color you need.

  8. I really Really Love that necklace!! I don’t really like [or use] red much but wow it works here!!! I think there is enough red because if you use more it might lose it’s power! Great Job!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  9. I too chose red to go with the black vein jasper. It just works so well! I really admire how many times you re-started your piece, I think it came out really well!!

  10. Awesome piece! Like everyone else…the red really made the piece pop. I could so wear that! Great job. Thanks for sharing!

  11. My reveal was an experience in persistence, too! Love your final design — the colorway is so perfectly balanced & the style beautiful. Your gems look great, and I love how you knotted the silver beads within the red linen. Your composition “rocks” ! 😉

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