Category Beadwork

OTTBS Challenge – January 2014

For their first challenge of 2014, the OTTBS group are challenging members to create something inspired by a famous painting. Inspired by ‘Starry Night’ I have created a simple cabochon necklace.


Creating with Cabochons

This month I’m participating in Sally Russick’s ‘Creating with Cabochons’ challenge, which turned out to be the ‘gentle push’ I needed to try some new ways of working with and embellishing cabochons.

History Hop – Native American Maiden

This is my second History Hop Challenge — which challenges participants to create a piece of jewellery inspired by the style of, or using materials from that era. There were 17 historical periods to choose from this time around and I picked ‘Native American’.

OTTBS Challenge – January 2013

The OTTBS monthly challenge for January is to create something with the peacock inspired colour scheme of Purple, Blue, Green and Gold. I’ve designed two pairs of earrings which remind me of the peacock feather.

OTTBS Challenge – December 2012

This stunning geometric design bracelet uses black Tila beads and size 11 metallic silver seed beads and is inspired by the festive party season.

OTTBS Challenge – November 2012

The OTTBS challenge this month combined the softer tones of grey or silver with the more subtle shades of pink. I always find pink to be a challenge, as it’s not really my colour.

History Hop Challenge

I’ve always been inspired by history, so this month I jumped at the chance to participate in the Beady Eyed Bunny’s History Hop. There were 13 possible historical periods to choose from and I chose the Victorian period; jewellery designs during the time of Queen Victoria’s reign from 1937 to 1901.

Poppy – The Beaded Garden

The second book in the Bead Book and Bounce challenge set by the OTTBS group is Diane Fitzgerald’s ‘The Beaded Garden’ – a colourful book of beaded flowers. For this challenge, I chose the Poppy.. a flower that I’ve always liked.

OTTBS Challenge – September 2012

September’s challenge colours are green and gold, which incidentally, are very Australian… Our sports teams wear green and gold with pride when competing in international sporting events (such as the recent Olympics), and the green triangle and gold kangaroo of the Australian Made logo is often seen on shop shelves.  What I didn’t know, until […]

OTTBS Challenge – August 2012

This month’s OTTBS Monthly Challenge colours are blue and copper in celebration of blue skies and sunshine. My earrings use Swarovski bicones to represent the sparkle of the sunshine, with matte metallic copper seed beads and cobalt blue firepolished beads.