Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gems and Metal Blog Hop

Welcome the the Gems and Metal Blog Hop!

Lisa Lodge has organized another fun blog hop.
  The challenge is to create some jewelry using what she sent each of us.  She selected our beads and findings using the theme "gems and minerals".

Jasper Beads and Antiqued Brass Findings sent to BayMoonDesign

Inspiration Photo by
When I saw what I was sent to use, I looked for an inspiration photo that had lush greens of a late spring.  The dirt path was shades of the brass findings in it.  The photo reminded me of a hike in the woods on a beautiful spring day.  I noticed the yellows in the photo and how they brightened up the scene.

Feather earrings by BayMoonDesign

I decided early on that I would use the 2 feathers in earrings.  I thought of using beads with them, but I decided to go all brass.  I love the look of these antiqued brass, feather earrings.
Green Jasper Bracelet by BayMoon Design

I wanted to use Irish waxed linen thread for the green jasper bracelet and necklace.  I have a number of colors of Irish waxed lace on hand.  I originally thought about using Forest Green Irish Waxed linen, but decided I wanted to brighten the necklace and bracelet and make them scream summer.  I thought about the yellows in the photo.  Well, I used a bright yellow to bring out the brass tones of the metal.  The necklace was becoming very ugly!  I then decided to use the Forest Green and I love it.

Green Jasper Necklace by BayMoonDesign
I had a brass focal that I bought on sale several years ago at Michaels.  This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to use it! This is a long necklace--24 inches plus the focal adds 2.5 inches to the length.  It has a great boho look to it.  I think these pieces will be perfect for fall and winter.  It is never to early to start on your fall line of jewelry and they are available for purchase in my BayMoonDesign online store!

I appreciate your thoughts on my pieces and so do my beading friends.  Please visit their blogs to see what they received from Lisa and what they created.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Big Margaret
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn Jewelry
Lisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs


  1. Beautiful creations! The forest green linen was definitely the right choice. I really love those earrings!

  2. i love your creations they are beautiful

  3. Hi Kathy, The beads that you chose for your necklace really accent the green jasper very well. Your designs are lovely.

  4. Love your pieces, they are all beautiful. I also love the earrings you made in the post below.

  5. All are nice - the earrings are sweet.

  6. The forest green linen was a wonderful selection for the stringing material. It works well with the gemstone and the brass findings, beads and pendant.

  7. Very pretty jewelry. The dark green linen ties everything together so well. I think you could wear this all year round even with the dark colours. I especially like the addition of white beads on the bracelet and your winged earrings are sweet!

  8. Loving the collection. The bracelet is really an eye catcher. I must try using linen sometime as I have really enjoyed seeing what everyone is doing with it.

  9. Boho necklace love.....CHECK. Love your pieces. great use of the gems and metal

  10. I love the way you used the linen! Really beautiful designs!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  11. I like your Boho necklace it is very effective the length and the paws on theend your earrings are effective

  12. that bracelet is GORGEOUS! well done!

  13. Cool. So many pieces with versatility. Love the Boho necklace as well.

  14. I am especially loving what you do to that bracelet. The linen, the white beads, the dangles. Love.. Sigh

  15. Awesome work. I especially like the bracelet, and how you fancied up the toggle.

  16. Beautiful designs. Those earring are just darling and the necklace is right up my alley.

  17. Your pieces are lovely and I think the choice of the forest green waxed linen went really well with your inspiration pieces. They are very earthy and would look good any time of year. Nice job.

  18. Excellent designs as usual, Kathy! The bracelet is my favorite. The forest green waxed linen hits just the right note. I would wear those earrings a lot. Thanks for being in the hop!

  19. I received green line jasper, too - I Love what you made with yours!!

  20. Great Job Kathy. I love the waxed linen bracelet....I really want to try using waxed linen....your piece just really makes it look beautiful. Great job. Thanks for sharing!