October 29, 2009

Fun with Focals - Day 4

The Inspiration: Silvija and Taya Koschnick's Chained Labradorite pendant from the Fall 2008 issue of Stringing.

My Version: I love this technique and have wanted to give it a try for a while now.  I pulled out the gunmetal chain for my design.  I chained up a faux beach glass bead, added in a chain tassel, a Humblebead branch lentil and strung this long elegant pendant on 3 different strands of chain for texture and interest.  What you can't see it that I used chain to create a bail for this pendant.  (The chain on the focal bead is only on one side.)

The Assignment: Chain up your focal bead!  This works great for stones, ceramic or glass that have flat sides and large plain surfaces.

You have until Nov. 6th to add a link to this post with your version of today's challenge.

The grand prize is a $50 gift certificate to Humblebeads.com!

Read the full details for the contest here and a chance to win a year's subscription to Stringing magazine.


Beth Hikes said...

What a fun idea! I was just looking through this Stringing the other day and I love how you reinterpreted the cowgirl focal point :)

Jen Judd said...

Whooooooo hooooooo! I'm on a roll!!!!! Here's my number 4 challenge piece...it's called "Blue Rock Special"


Kiwiken said...


Ha, thanks, now I finally have something to wear with my red and black halloween outfit! :)


Vintajia Adornments said...

Ok this is an oldie, but I think it fits the category

mairedodd said...

ok, maybe i took a license here - i think my imagination got away from me... but here's my submission:

mairedodd said...

i don't know if you are allowed to do more than one... maybe this fits the assignment better - though calder was more fun!

Katie said...

I love how this one turned out :o) And, I guess since it was your challenge, my mind kept going straight to my (rather large...) stash of Humblebeads...


I also submitted it to the Flickr group

Artisan Clay said...

Here's a piece with a chain bail-- http://www.flickr.com/photos/artisanclay/3907813864/

Marcie Abney Carroll said...

Here's my chain entry: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marciebeads/4065901738/

peacockfairy said...

Hi Heather - here is a necklace I did a bit ago where I used chain to frame the focal. I hope to be productive this week to perhaps enter the other challenges!


Alice said...

Whew, just made it! Here's my chained focal, a Vintaj leaf pendant, Swarovski Crystals, and a cool Wild Horse Jasper Bead.


TesoriTrovati said...

Here is my entry for Fun with Focals - Chain:

Enjoy the day!