Tuesday, August 23, 2011

September EBW Challenge Piece

The September EBW Challenge them is Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My.  You can read more about it here.  I've already discussed this challenge a little bit in a couple previous posts so I'll try not to repeat too much information.  For this theme, we can take any element of the lions, tigers, and bears theme and pair it with any other element from The Wizard of Oz.  I'm not sure how I came up with this so quickly, but I decided to create a yellow brick road surrounded by emerald green with a lion just starting up the path.

I'm still on a right angle weave kick so I used the same base that I did for my last two challenge pieces.  You'd think that after making three right angle weave embellished pieces so close together, I would be ready to move on, but I'm not sure that I am.  I think that it would be neat to make another one and write a pattern for it.  I may wait a bit to do that, though.  Anyway, it was still fun making another right angle weave base and embellishing it.

As I said in my first post about the beads, I was originally thinking of using Swarovskis, but when I went to Michael's, these other beads sets caught my eye.  I would go with something smaller for embellishment in the future because the beadwork got pretty tight at the end.  It was difficult getting the clasp done.  It was still worth it, though, because I love these beads.  I think that the bright colorful look completely fits with the Wizard of Oz.

As a result of the beadweaving getting tighter than my previous two embellished right angle pieces, this piece curved a little, which made it tough to photograph.  When it started curving, I was worried that it would end up like this piece, but it didn't.  This curving is much less severe, and as a result, the cuff is much more comfortable.  If this weren't for a challenge, which requires that we list our pieces on Etsy, I might be tempted to keep it.

Thanks again to Sharla for the paw print charm!  It's the perfect touch for this piece.

I think that for my pattern right angle cuff, I'll go back to some of my stand by colors such as turquoise and purple.  If anyone wants to see anything in particular, let me know.

My Wizard of Oz cuff is available here.  I'll have more information about voting next month.


  1. I really like the yellow brich road beads and depth and richness of this bracelet. And I love the Chocolate temtation piece as well!

  2. What a fun piece and so perfect for the Wizard of Oz!
    I love how you can use the same style of bead weaving and make the pieces look so different!

  3. Thank you for the feedback everyone! Edi, that's one of the things that I love about beadweaving.


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