Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Success and Necklace Thirty

Necklace A Day Designs

I can hardly believe that November is really ending, and I didn’t miss a single necklace! It’s so exciting to be presenting the final design in my Necklace A Day challenge.

There were many times when I thought that I was going to fall too far behind to finish. I had to get used to the idea of blogging in the afternoons instead of first thing in the morning, so that I could stay caught up on projects and photographs.

Of the 30 different necklace ideas that I jotted down back in October, only six of them had to be bumped. Most of them I declined making because they were just too complex to make in a short period of time. I had so much fun trying out simple designs, like Y pendants, to stay on track.

Celebration Rainbow Necklace by The Sage's Cupboard

I finished off my Ring A Day challenge with a rainbow palette, so I thought it would be fun to make it a tradition! For today’s necklace, I wanted to make a rainbow of beaded flower beads, but I didn’t have enough 6mm rounds in the same style to make them look consistent. I don’t mind having different seed bead finishes in one piece, but I didn’t want to combine flowers with druk and fire polish centers.

Then I remembered that I still had most of a packet of black and white druks, and inspiration struck! I created nine different colored flowers with black and white middles, and strung them with more druks, black seed beads, and translucent white pinch bicones.

This design challenge was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it. I’ve been able to try out so many techniques and materials, and finish projects that have been on my to-do list for a long time.

To share the joy of this journey's end, I’m trying out the coupon codes at ArtFire, and having a celebration sale. All of the designs I created this month - minus the two I kept for myself - are 15% off. And, to say thank you to all of my readers for sharing this journey with me - and my subscribers who stuck it out through the steady stream of posts - all of my tutorials are on sale, too! Buy any tutorial, and get a second project of equal or lesser value from the same category free!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program…

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11 comments:

  1. Congrats;)
    They are all great works;)

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  2. What an awesome finish. You and your needle must be attached to have done this! Great work!

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  3. Wow! Congrats on your success and thank you for inspiring us! I can't even keep up with a weekly challenge. Sigh.

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  4. Congratulations! I enjoyed watching this project evolve. I am in awe that you were able to reach your goal. Lofty indeed!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  5. Thanks everyone! It was a lot of work, but fun, too. If I had simply made the thirty pieces, but not taken the time to post them each day, it would have gone much smoother I'm sure.

    But without you wonderful readers, what would motivate me to keep making them? Thank you so much for sharing this with me!

    I wonder how many bracelets I could make in a month...

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  6. Is there a tutorial for making these beautiful beaded flowers? And also for that clasp? Which adorns all your amazing bracelets and necklaces!

    I would love to have this necklace around my neck!

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    1. Hi Zarnaz! You can find tutorials for the beaded flowers, button clasp, and Y necklace in my shop, here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/sagescupboard?section_id=7382948

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