February 10, 2009

Tropical Nights Necklace and Earrings - EBW Challenge

It's time to vote for your favorite entry in the Etsy BeadWeavers monthly challenge again!
Triz, who won the November challenge, have chosen the Jan-Feb challenge theme - "Tropical Holiday". It was a great theme and I think it's the first time that there are so many entries - 47 wonderful creations!.
Please visit the EBW blog, pick your favorite and vote for it. Your comment is also appreciated. Voting lasts until the 15th , so don't postpone your voting!

My entry, #26, is the Tropical Nights necklace.
I used gorgeous, sparkling Czech vintage crystal stones I bought a while ago and I thought they would be perfect for this project, as they sparkle in iridescent shades of tropical green, fuchsia and yellow. I also used 24k gold plated Delicas, Swarovski crystal bicone beads and vibrant fuchsia Swarovski chatons.
I had to unpick the necklace a few times before I found the best connecting points of the components to allow the necklace to sit nicely around the neckline. I almost gave up after the forth time… :/ I hate that part of beadweaving, which I guess many, if not all beaders do… But, I was able to finish it on time, and I like the way it came out so much that I even created a pair of beadwoven earrings (I'm beginning to like creating those.. :)) with the beautiful fuchsia chatons.

Photographing this necklace was a challenge in itself.. and these are the best photos I could post. The necklace is much more sparkling and colorful in person. I am lucky to have a very patient photographer… Thanks, Ardjan! :)


  1. C'est vraiment un travail magnifique !

  2. Gorgeous as usual! Hug from Italy Anna

  3. Wow, those are stunning! I love the way you incorporated the design into earring.

  4. That necklace is amazing...nice hint of victorian appeal!

  5. I have a surprise for you!

    With love :-)


  6. Thanks so much for your nice comments!

    Alterity, now that you've said that, I realize that the necklace is more Victorian than Tropical...ah.. :D

    סיגל, תודה רבה! הגבתי בבלוג שלך...

  7. Oh wow, that is beautiful. If it looks better in person then it must be over-the-top superb. :D Good luck.

  8. Very beautiful, I love the colours and the photos are very good. I like this style. Congratlation!!

  9. Very beautiful! I love these iridescent-metallic colors and the fucsia goes so well wit this all!

  10. Thanks petula and lazlo :)

    Thanks Katrin, and I agree -those are lovely and add texture to any beadwork..

    Bili, I added your link to my list, thank you :)

  11. So beautiful -a real treasure!!//Eva