Today, I am pleased to reveal my finished design for my ArtBeads.com latest Challenge. I have shared previously that I am honored to be a part of their Blogging Designer’s program where I get to try out new items and then review them on my blog.
This time, I got to select from a wide variety of Cubic Zirconia products to base my design on. I chose a variety of Cubic Zirconia beads to showcase, including this lovely cubic zirconia pendant which became my focal piece. Here is my inspiration piece:
Here is a picture of my main focal pendant up close:
Review: I am not usually a “bling” person, but I love mixing shiny beads with matte beads and fibers in my work. I loved what I chose and as always, the fast delivery service I received from ArtBeads.com. I continue to be impressed with this company.
The quality of the Cubic Zirconia Peridot pendant was exceptional. You can tell this from the images above.
How I made this project:
My inspiration was the peridot pendant. Coming from a quilting and fiber background, I decided to stay true to my art and incorporate fabric into the design. Here is the batik fabric used, which also inspired my color pallette:
I braided the batik fabric with some matching yarn to get the base fiber necklace form. This was scaled to just slip over my head, so no clasps were needed. I next decided to tie the ends together and make a tassel out of fabric, yarn and beads. My lovely peridot pendant rests on top of the tassel with just enough contrast to stand out and catch the eye.
I have included some peyote stitched beads above the tassel and I am now finishing the project by sewing on some peridot crystals I have on the necklace strap. This will bring some more visual interest to the strap as well.
I hope you enjoy this project, I know I have. Thanks to Artbeads.com for providing free-of-charge the peridot pendant for my honest review. Please note that I have not been paid to write this by ArtBeads.com, and I have complete freedom to create my design and discuss how I like or did not like the product provided.
Coming News… I will be having a blog giveaway soon, so keep watching!
Regards, Carla Barrett