Thursday 16 July 2015

Endless Sky Challenge Blog Hop

Back at the beginning of May I purchased Andrew Thornton’s kit for the Endless Sky Challenge, a beautiful design kit containing all kinds of pretty things including a selection of premium Czech glass, vintage Lucite, Quartz Crystal, Vintage glass, Waxed Irish linen cord, Recycled Sari Silk ribbon, a strand of Aquamarine chips, vintage Venetian seed beads, and a Luxury Bead Blend.

When the kit arrived, toward the end of May, I was delighted to see that Andrew had also added this handcrafted polymer clay focal, just as was promised

Of course time flies when the deadline seems so far away and I left everything for a while. I did create several pieces that I’m very happy with.

First up is this necklace which used most of the loose gemstones, the polymer focal and vintage Lucite ring, inspired by the tumble of loose stones in the kit. Every gemstone in the list is represented in the strand. I used Sterling Silver for the clasp and some of the Waxed Linen cord to tie the Lucite ring and the polymer clay pendant to the gemstone strand.

While I was finishing that necklace, this design was already dancing in my mind

These earrings are all glass, using some of the Vintage glass along with Czech glass and a tiny bit of the luxury bead blend. I used Sterling Silver wire to wrap everything and for the ear wires.

 I fell in love with the strand of Aquamarine chips and decided to use them all together in one statement necklace (all except one that is. It escaped to the floor and I didn’t find it until the necklace was done)

From my “inventory” I found the perfect complement in this large Polymer Clay shield that I won from Hilla Bushari of Hillovely in a contest sponsored by Lorelei Eurto. I strung the shield, Aquamarines and some of the glass beads (difficult to see in this photo) onto 49 strand Sterling Silver beading wire for security. Those stones are heavy! Before finishing off the beading wire I tied the gorgeous Sari silk ribbon onto the necklace and finished it off with a lobster clasp hidden behind the shield.

The final piece I completed are these fun little earrings, made with more of the glass beads and Waxed Linen cord from the kit. Because it works so well with the colours of this kit I used Sterling Silver once again to complete the earrings.

When all was done I had gone through a large portion of the kit. Was there much left? Well actually yes, but mainly smaller items. Lots for another day.

Please check out what everyone else has made too. 

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


  1. I love all the pieces that you created. It is really interesting to see what pieces you used and left. Great jobe!

  2. So many fabulous creations! Thank you so much for participating! You did great! I like the organic feel of the first necklace with the stones and the waxed linen. The earrings are super fun and contemporary! The other necklace is so light and airy. I think the patina on the polymer piece pulls together the pieces and draws out the hints of gold and green in the stones. And the last pair of earrings have a fun boho vibe. Like I said, GREAT JOB!

  3. What beautiful designs! I especially love the statement necklace as I am a total aquamarine slut.

  4. Beautiful pieces, I especially like the earrings.

  5. I don't know how I missed your post on my first hop, but I'm glad I checked back. What lovely creations! Both of your necklaces are fabulous! I love the Hilla Bushari focal you chose and how great the sari silk looks! The earrings with the blue flowers are so clever and original.

  6. Beautiful designs using this fun challenge kit! I love how you incorporated the fiber into the necklaces, using the linen for dangles and the ribbon with the gemstone chips. The fiber gives the designs a soft look. The earrings are so pretty and make great mix-and-match accessories.

  7. Impressive designs! I love how the shield necklace turned out! Thumbs up all around!