Friday, November 6, 2015

Last Harvest Challenge

Andrew Thornton sponsored this Last Harvest Challenge.   He put together 30 kits and challenged jewelry designers to use as much or as little of the kit to create a piece that showcases creativity, individuality, and artistic expression. Ideally the creations will spotlight the great assortment of beads included in the kit.  It's a celebration of the Last Harvest before the cold of winter sets in. 

Last Harvest Kit
As soon as I saw the kit, I knew I was in.  This kit has some of my favorite colors.  It features a selection of premium Czech glass (both new and vintage), vintage acrylic, carnelian, waxed Irish linen, vintage German glass, vintage seed beads, Javanese glass, and a Luxury Bead Blend.
The Luxury Bead Blend consists of 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), carnelian, red tiger's eye, red agate, stone, vintage sequins, vintage German plastic, dyed wood, German glass, electroplated hematite, Swarovski crystals, vintage Japanese glass, Javanese glass, and vintage lucite. 

Carnelian is perfect for autumn designs.  It has the warm, rich, colors of autumn.    It's hard not to think of pumpkins and spice. This provided the perfect autumn color palette.

                                                   Long Floral Necklace by Bay Moon Design

I created this long 27 inch floral necklace for those who love earthy fall colors. I selected a dark rose and cream floral ceramic focal by Suburban Girl Studio and paired it with dark rose, peach, and a neutral brown colors. For the metal, I used copper because of the peach color it has. I used green green Irish waxed linen thread to literally tie everything together along with brown sari ribbon that has a hint of some of the green and peach colors. I made a copper clasp for this one of a kind necklace. This boho necklace has an earthy and rustic appearance and reminds me of the fading colors of fall.  The necklace is available for purchase HERE.

Angel wing necklace by Bay Moon Design
I made this angel wing necklace  with a few of  the carnelian beads from the kit and some orange agate from my stash.  I added a natural brass chain, beautiful orange agate and seed beads. The beautiful bird or angel wing is ceramic and is created by artisan Blueberribeads. This green bird feather has been hand carved from earthenware clay and colored with a tea green glaze. The orange and brown angel wing necklace is 19 inches around and the wing hangs down further about 2.3 inches in length. The colors are perfect for the fall and the necklace is available.  

I still have tons of beads left!


  1. Love how you wove those earthy neutrals among the bold pops of orange in your floral necklace, especially with the two beads that elongate the focal. Oh, and that angel wing - your simple treatment really makes a strong statement. Love, love this one!

  2. Both necklaces are lovely, however, the one with the wing pendant I would wear in a heartbeat!

  3. Love them both!! Very creative! :)

  4. Both very pretty necklaces! I love that the first one is long. I've been making mine much longer lately as well.