Into The Forest Blog Hop Reveal

Welcome to the 'Into the Forest' blog hop reveal hosted by the fabulous Lisa Lodge of A Grateful Artist blog fame!  For this hop, Lisa sent participants bead kits with deep forest-y colors and we were to make something from our selection.

The selection of beads I received is from the 'forest at night' palette, and has a ton of beautiful deep purple agates, Czech glass and dark ceramic beads with some beautiful large purple and green wheel-shaped beads that I don't know the name of - lol!  Without further ado, here is my finished piece:

"Hope Is The Thing"

I'm not a symmetrical person, and really have a difficult time designing symmetrical jewelry, and this design is no exception.  I used some of all the types of beads Lisa sent to me to create links and made a fun, unique chain from those links.

The biggest thing to keep in mind when designing asymmetrical jewelry is to make sure that the piece stays visually balanced to let the eye flow through the design.

This sweet bird focal from Green Girl's Studios line at Lima Beads is the perfect accent to bring all of these beautiful beads together with the forest theme.

* If you are interested in purchasing this necklace, it is listed in my Etsy shop here.

As always, thank you to Lisa for hosting this fun event!  Please take a few minutes to visit these other artists' blogs to see some more beautiful artwork:
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Janine Lucas, Esfera Travel Blog
Jasvanti Patel, Jewelry by Jasvanti
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Janet Bocciardi, Honey from the Bee
Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Elizabeth Engriser, Bead Contagion
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Kay Mallery,TBD
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Carol Dee said...


Anonymous said...

Oh this is lovely! I love the links you made with the different beads in your kit, beautiful!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Your design is beautifully dramatic, Molly... I was especially intrigued by the links you created from seed beads. I am always looking for alternate ways to use those tiny little devils, as I don't have the eyesight for intricate beadwork :(

I agree the Green Girl pendant was an ideal focal!

Veralynne Malone said...

Oh how beautiful! I love how the necklace is balanced but isn't and I love the colors you received. Great job. Thanks for posting!

Shaiha said...

Just beautiful. I have a lot of issues with asymetrical designs and getting them balanced but you make it look like a piece of cake.

Dolores~CraftyD's Creations said...

Love how your necklace turned out, so many interesting details about it.

Christine said...

Your necklace is beautiful!! All of the links come together perfectly. The seed bead links are genius!

Charis Designs said...

What a lovely necklace, Molly- I always look forward to seeing your creations. The focal is perfect with it, and since asymmetry and I aren't normally friends, your design delights and inspires! Christie

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the links you made. Very pretty!

Alice said...

A gorgeous piece! The colors and elements you added are so perfect for the theme.

When I started making jewelry I made only symmetrical pieces. But now it's very rare for me to make anything other than symmetrical.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Lovely necklace, Molly! I can always count on you to make asymmetrical creations that look "just right". Nice balance, etc. The beaded links are super nifty. Great choice of focal as well. Thanks for being in the hop!

Jo-Ann said...

Love the variety of textures in your piece!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

A bird, cool wire wrapping, and purple. It doesn't get any better than that!

Bobbie said...

Great mix of all those different components -- of course, you had me at "purple"!

Christina Miles said...

Beautiful! Purple is such a powerful color, almost anything you add to is only makes it the metal pendent too..

Janine said...

What a beautiful necklace. I love purple and this is just gorgeous

Dini Bruinsma said...

Love♥ this necklace, every inch of it :-) elegant and well balanced, and soooo purple♥ great!

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

The forest at night represented by the your jewelry art is so enchanting! Love the Green Girl studio focal, the movement of your asymmetry and the colorway. Gorgeous!

KayzKreationz said...

This is such a pretty necklace. I love all the color in it. It truly reminds me of the forest at night, dark and yet colorful.

Gexton said...

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Kathleen said...

Oh the colors have me imagining myself in the forest at midnight on a cool winter's night. Stunning.

Dawn Williams said...

Very pretty necklace. I love purple and I love blue. Nicely done.