As an artist, it is such a great feeling to be able to feature other artists and their artistic handiwork. Jeannie Dukic of Jewelry By Jeannie is a very talented bead maker and jewelry artist who decided to put together a design team to feature her handmade beads, and I'm one of the fortunate ones who is in this group of artists called the "Echo Creative Club". I am joined in this club by Jeannie herself and these very talented artists:
Why did Jeannie name it the Echo Creative Club? In her own words:
"What does the name, Echo Creative mean? Echo is something you put out there and it comes back. I put my beads out there and they come back in a creative design from you."
This is the first month of participation, and I received one of Jeannie's beautiful Gin Blossom pendants to work with:
I have had this beautiful pendant on my workshop table for a few weeks now, and have been deciding how to feature it in a design. Last week, I received these paper beads from Sweet Paper Love on etsy, and I knew I had the other piece of my design:
So I added some wire wraps to the paper beads and made some rustic handmade links:
...attached a coiled clasp and some bell flower charms:
and a piece of bougainvillea branch for a bail, and voila:
my first Echo Creative Club piece!
I was really going for a rustic and organic feel in this design, and am really pleased with the results. Thanks so much, Jeannie, for including me in this creative venture!
To see what other creative club members have made, check out the Echo Creative Club Flickr Group!