Thursday, October 29, 2015

Brave Angel Challenge

Andrew Thornton created Brave Angel blog hop to call attention to breast cancer because he believes in the importance of raising awareness for breast cancer prevention and supporting innovations in treatment and advances in research.

 If you're not familiar with the challenges, they are a fun way to push yourself creatively and create from an assortment of pre-selected components.

The KIt

I received lots of beads in the color pink.  I got some Japanese Miyuki seed beads, Toho seed beads, Japanese Matsuno seed beads, vintage Czech seed beads, freshwater pearls, glass pearls, Czech glass (both old and new), rose quartz, wood, stone, vintage sequins, German glass, vintage plastic, Swarovski crystals, vintage Japanese glass, Javanese glass, and vintage lucite.   The kit also included  a special handmade component made by Thornton.  

Violet and Green Handmade Ceramic Earrings by Bay Moon Design
Sometimes all you need are a few beads to complete a design. That is true of these earrings.  I have been waiting for just the perfect beads to go with these handmade ceramic beads.  I knew I wanted to pick up the green in the beads with forest green Irish waxed linen thread.  I had the tiny flowers but I needed some other small beads and Thornton's kit supplied them.  

Modern Pink earrings by Bay Moon Design

The same was true for this pair of pink earrings. I had the large, pink round faux seaglass, but I needed 2 beads to go with it.  I added some silver bead caps on the top and bottom and sterling circle links and the earrings are completed and for sale HERE.

Pink and Gray Statement Necklace by Bay Moon Design

Thornton's pink beads were perfect for this pink and gray necklace. The beads were selected by color and finish.  I used bleached and pearlescent blush acrylic beads and matte rosy coral stone from the kit.  The pink and rosy coral ceramic is by Marsha Neal and has blush and rosy coral in it.  To contrast with the pink. I used a few of my sage green pearls. 

I used gunmetal spacers and gray leather as well as base metal findings to pull in the gray color.  I also selected a Tierra Cast antique silver button that has a circular pattern like the focal and has a pattern of  flower to use as a clasp.  It works with the gray colors.  The necklace is about 18 inches around with the ceramic hanging about 1.5 inches.  It is available HERE for purchase.
I still have tons of the beads left!  I am looking forward to using them.

If you want to see what others have done. checkout Thornton's blog.


  1. Violet and green is one of my favorite color pairings and I love the subtle and romantic take you've given it in your first earrings. And your Modern Pink earrings are calling my name. What a great way to advance this cause.

  2. I love the gray with the pink....your designs are very pretty!

  3. So pretty and creative! I love the pink/green and pink/grey combos!