Overall, the move from Kauai to South Lake Tahoe has been pretty smooth, if a tad messy in places. I am so ready for Joan's beads to come so I can start to work with them.
I'm at my folks' place in Montana right now, and there's a fresh coat of snow for inspiration. After looking at the photo of the kit Joan shared in her last post, I took to my sketchbook.
I just this moment opened up Joan's package and have the beads before me in real life, yay!
Now I'm not sure that my first idea for the earrings at top left will work. I had planned on using a tiny crystal as a stopper, but they might be too small. I bet I can improvise and keep that design somehow. I would try it and show the results, but--guess what--my silver snowflakes were not in my hand luggage as they should have been. Moving. What fun.
Anyway, I really dig that idea so I'll be giving it a try. The second earring there should be a snap (famous last words). I'll make a bunch of tiny star and crystal dangles with 22g ball-end headpins and string them on a short link of silver wire, then hang an icicle from it. I have already chosen the two most lustrous for this pair of earrings.
I'll use the rest of the beads and icicles for the bracelet as shown. I think I'll string it on a chain, using the icicles as spacers and letting the ice cubes slide freely. More sparkling star and crystal dangles will make it a beautiful match for the icicle earrings!
I see that one of these sets has already gone out; can't wait to see the results!