Welcome to the results of the Muffin Tin Challenge, hosted by Heather Powers of Humblebeads. At the start of the year, she hosts a challenge to fill a muffin tin with beaded projects and make as many as you can. This is my first year to jump in and I really enjoyed the push it gave me to create as many pieces of jewelry as possible. And tonight you get a tour of my projects over the last week or so. Here’s how I started the challenge: muffin tin loaded.
The first projects I created were also fulfilling other challenges for the Art Bead Scene and my personal calendar challenge ( I need to finish up a few months from last year!) The star of this collection is the enameled mushroom by Anne Gardanne.
The necklace is paired with jasper rounds, Czech beads, Czech flowers, and a disc bead from Humblebeads. And it’s finished off with faux leather cording.
I love the earrings for this necklace so much. The colors are very striking and the Humblebeads disc beads are so rich in color and pattern. They just needed a few golden floral drops to finish them off.
I had some leftover beads and made a coordinating bracelet using the other matching disc bead from the necklace.
Next up was a pair of simple earrings I needed to make to go with the November Art Bead Scene necklace I made last fall. I ran out of time to do earrings before Christmas activities set in. These are made with tiny silver owl charms that are similar to the Green Girl owl I used in my necklace.
Also last fall I was working on a necklace using some tourmaline beads that I purchased at the bead show. I didn’t have a design that I loved, so I put it in the muffin tin challenge to rework elements of the design and get it finished.
I’m very pleased with its simple elegance. The brass leaf was a charm that I bought from a vendor at the bead show who had tons of great hand-made findings, charms, and pendants.
The earrings I made to match the necklace are delicate with little lacy leaves hanging from the leftover tourmaline beads.
The next set of projects I made were from a couple of kits that I purchased from Humblebeads to go with an online fall retreat class she hosted. Things got busy and I hadn’t had time to complete all the classes. These are made from her bangle bracelet tutorial and I made all six in a few hours. My favorite part was attaching the beads at the end.
This bracelet set is full of dark purples and and accented with leaves, acorns, and squirrels.
This is a more summery set, with peach and yellow beads, sweet bird nest, and little flowers. I can’t wait to wear them!
My last set of jewelry is hot off the pliers as I just finished it up a few moments ago. The focal point of this necklace is an amazing fall birch scene by Humblebeads that was in a bead pack I bought last year. I’ve been admiring it for some time and found a perfect set of glass beads in my stash.
The piece was originally a toggle, and I tried to use it as a working toggle, but that disrupted the design flow and made the necklace look awkward. Instead, I wired the toggle bar in place and used it as a pendant. I accented the beads with tiny navy seed beads, to bring out the blue in the pendant. To give some interest and break up the beads a bit, I added a birch bead on one side and a navy bird and wood chip. Those are also from Humblebeads.
And finally, here are the earrings I made: birch beads, Czech glass, and brass leaves (also from the bead show).
I’m really pleased with this set too. I love the golden hues of autumn and the birch scene in the pendant just makes me so happy. As much as this reminds me of my favorite season, I don’t think I’ll be waiting till fall to wear it.
14 pieces of jewelry done in about a week! Thank you all for stopping by to see the creative excitement and the finished pieces. I’m already looking forward to doing this again next year.
Blessings to you,