Andrew Thornton sponsored this Endless Sky Challenge by putting together 30 kits and challenging jewelry designers to use as much or as little of the kit to create a piece that showcases your creativity, individuality, and artistic expression. Ideally your creation will spotlight the great assortment of beads included in the kit, but the (endless) sky is the limit with what you can make!
|Andrew Thornton's kit|
|Thornton kit that Bay Moon Design received|
For this challenge, we were given the creative spark in aquamarine. Thornton said, " I looked at the stone, thought of the sky... an endless sky, studded with lazily drifting clouds. It's easy to say, "the sky is blue". But in reality, there are lots of colors represented above; there are shades of pale gray, subtle purples, and even tinges of green. The stone aquamarine has all of these colors". This kit attempts to capture that ever-shifting blue.
|Dreamy Blue Cloud Necklace by Bay Moon Design|
The mystery component is the Thornton focal which I used in my first necklace. When I saw all the seed beads I thought-not for me. They were so gorgeous I found a way to incorporate them into this blue necklace as well as a second necklace. The stone and agate turned out to be perfect to use with them. I also added one of my handmade sterling silver clasps to it. This dreamy cloud necklace is available for purchase HERE.
|Butterfly Component in this necklace is by Jenny Davies-Reazor|
|Textured Ceramic Earrings by BayMoonDesign|
Sometimes you just need the perfect pair of beads to pop up. Here, I found a pair that went perfectly with Susan Kennedy ceramics. I love these textured blue, green, tan ceramics paired with soft aqua beads from the kit.
|Jellyfish Necklace by Bay Moon Design|
Can you believe I still have some beads left?
Here are the links to what other folks did with the same beads. It is always interesting to see what others come up with!
Dolores Raml https://
Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.
Mona Arnott http://bijouxgemsjoy.
Christina Hickman http://
Shaiha Williams http://www.
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-
Ann Schroeder http://www.beadlove.
Tammy Bowman http://
Alison Herrington http://
Jeanne Steck http://
Andrew Thornton, Melissa Wynne, and Laurel Ross http://andrew-thornton.
Do you have a favorite?