Fusion Beads Blog Hop

It's about time for another blog hop, and this one is a really fun one!  On Wednesday I posted a picture of the beads that were on my beading table that day.  Well, they were there because I was working on my design for Lorelei Eurto's Fusion Beads Blog Hop.  It works this way:  Lorelei posted a list of items for participants to order from Fusionbeads.com, and we were to make a piece of jewelry from them and post them on our blog today.  Here is another picture of the beads:

 I just love the earthy tones and especially love the owl toggle clasp.  I always think of the word "wisdom" when I think of owls, so that is the theme I went with for my piece:


The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I added some of my own beads from my stash, as well as a gorgeous"wisdom" ceramic bead by Diane Hawkey, also from Fusionbeads.com.


With a few different gauges of sterling wire I created 'barbells' that I twisted to secure the ends of the olive leather cord, as well as using them sporadically as accents in my links.


I drilled another hole in the bottom of toggle and used it as a part of the focal, along with the olive Lucite leaf and the ceramic wisdom bead.

The overall effect is organic and simple:


Take some time to tour the other participants' blogs:

http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com/ (you are here)
* If you are interested in purchasing this piece, it is for sale in my etsy shop.


Lorelei Eurto said...

Hi molly
The blog list is now updated and linked on my blog- can you copy and paste it for your posting?

This looks so great! I love Diane's Wisdom bead, that was a perfect addition!

Menno Jeweler said...

Very nice, Molly! This is my first visit to your blog, but I'll be back! :-) Love your choices for the playlist.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Beautiful! I used rings in a similar way - Love the light feel of this piece. Happy Hopping : )

Janet said...

I Love what you made! Beautiful!!

maryharding said...

Beautiful necklace Molly. Love the silver barbells and how you attached the wire to the cord. Great piece.

diane cook said...

This piece is beautiful Molly! The owl toggle is simply stunning, and your piece tells us just how creative you are =)

Judy said...

Molly,this such an beautiful piece. I like the toggle used as a focal and your addition of the wisdom bead is a perfect compliment.

Holly said...

Molly, as is to be expected, your necklace is simply beautiful! I love how you worked the toggle into the focal. Adding the "wisdom" charm with the lucite leave and single bead, stunning!

TesoriTrovati said...

I love how you made the toggle into the focal. And that Diane Hawkey bead is so wonderful. I have a hard time picking out just one from her! Enjoy the day. Erin

For My Sweet Daughter said...

cool, cool, cool piece. I love it!

Christine'sCreations said...

Your necklas is gorgeous. I love the wisdom pendant as well.

Linda Landig said...

I kept wanting to dangle something from my toggle too, but never thought to drill a hole to make that possible. Great creative problem solving. Love the wisdom bead too--its perfect!

Charlene said...

Your piece is really beautiful!

Jenni C said...

Molly, I love the "open" style of your necklace, the cord at the back of the neck and the fact that you thought to drill a hole to suspend the wisdom focal. ( will have to remember that one!) jenni

fireflymyst said...

Cool piece! Love the ceramic pendant:)

ThreeRedBeads said...

I love the way you used the wire and the wisdom bead! Very nice!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Gorgeous design. I love how you did the focal. Drill a hole in the toggle? brilliant! (and a little scary...)

Regina said...

Wise choices you have made, love the necklace!

Pretty Things said...

A beautiful piece, but then, I love everything you do!!! I love the owl toggle, have used it myself once!

Mariam said...


Lisa Godfrey said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love how you added an extra hole to the toggle so you can add some extra elements! Genius!! I also love how you took a photo of the beads before you started. I always forget to do that! ;-)

Leslie Gidden said...

Beautiful design! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Anna Lear said...

This is SO nice -- very open and airy, and I just love how you added the "wisdom" bead to the toggle clasp. Your wirework is great, too; what a unique way to secure the leather. Great interpretation of the theme!

Spirited Earth said...

lovely piece..i especially like how you drilled a hole in the toggle to add an extra element.
the wisdom bead is a wonderful addition

Anne Betenson said...

Love the necklace,Molly!Your creations never fail to impress!

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