Hello Beady Friends! Leah here from Eureka Crystal Beads.com! With how well the Bead Challenges are going over, let’s march on into December with another!
Ok, so here’s the run-down: Do you ever feel like you need a little push? Or perhaps some inspiration to think outside your box? (If so, I’m right there with ya!) So I have another month-long Beading Challenge for you! No stress, no pressure…simply a fun – unofficial – beading event to push you outside your comfort zone if you’re feelin’ in a rut and want to spark your creativity – or for no reason at all because do we really NEED a reason to bead more? I think not. 🙂 Please read on for details…
December Beading Challenge Theme: ‘Tis The Season!
Guidelines: I want to see what you can create in this month’s theme! ‘Tis The Season means that what you submit should reflect the holiday (or holidayS) you’re inspired by – whatever holiday that may be and whatever it means to you! Let’s see the reds & greens of Christmas, the blues, silvers, whites, and golds of Chanukah, the black, green, and red of Kwanzaa, or even just the pure snowdriven sparkle of a quietly stunning Winter Solstice! I want to see joyous inspiration in your beadwork!! (This is my favorite time of year. Can’t you tell? I’m only a little bit excited. Just a little bit. Ok, I’m super excited [!!!] and extra excited to see what you all are coming up with!)
I’ll be giving you some product ideas below, but feel free to use whatever you have in your own stash! Take some inspiration from my ideas or come up with your own! This challenge is all about pushing yourself to work within a theme, but most of all – HAVING FUN and ending up with a beautiful creation to wear with PRIDE.
***If you’d like to share, I’d love to see what you come up with! Feel free to send a picture of your finished piece(s) (or even unfinished pieces! This is no pressure, right?) over to me via Facebook Messenger on the Eureka Crystal Beads Facebook page! Make sure to let me know if it’s ok for me to share your picture(s) – we plan on putting up a fun album with all your ‘Tis The Season projects at the end of the month!
Ok, here are my Inspirational Selections for our Challenge Theme!
So to start off, I feel it may be helpful to point you in the direction of 2 of my recent blogs – both holiday related!! Take a peek if you think you might need some inspiration to get started. The first is all about ***Holiday Color Inspiration!*** The second is a fun project of beautiful ***Swarovski Crystal Xmas Tree Earrings!***
Sometimes people ask me for the best REDS and GREENS to select for this season… I do think some are better than others – as not all red and greens are created equally for Christmas – in my humble opinion. 🙂 But here are my be-all/end-all…
Swarovski Crystal color SCARLET is an amazing red, my favorite red that they make, actually. Sure, Siam and Light Siam are fantastic as well, but I think Swarovski truly came up with a stunning shade last year when Scarlet was introduced to the line. If you truly want to see it in holiday action, check out these 4mm Swarovski Crystal bicone beads in Scarlet AB!!
If you want the quintessential green – you can’t go wrong with Swarovski Crystal color EMERALD. I especially love them in the form of Rivolis! Check out these 12mm beauties which would make simply stunning earrings! (Rivolis are not drilled – so you have to capture them in other ways! Have you ever tried making a Peyote beaded bezel? Check out my video on how-to over at the Eureka Crystal Beads YouTube channel!)
We also carry a lovely selection of bead mixes that are sure to inspire you for this bead challenge!!
Do you love working with Delicas? These mix names may not be super holiday-ish but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be stunning this month!! Curtain Call, Jester, Snowfall (ok this one has an appropriate name…), and Troy … Check ’em out!
Want a stunning focal that’s sure to inspire you for this holiday season? Check out this AMAAAAAAZING (Yes, it’s deserving of all those “A’s”) Vintage Swarovski Crystal Pendant! Not only would this look simply stunning just hanging up for the holidays as decoration or on your Christmas tree, but it could also be a spectacular focal pendant among the rest of your necklace design!
Ok folks, so there are some ideas for you! Use these products, simply take inspiration from them, OR come up with your own inspiration! I challenge YOU to CHALLENGE YOURSELF and come up with something amazing in the theme of ‘Tis The Season! 🙂
Until next time…