Friday, March 29, 2013

Challenge: Resin Bubbles

So the readers of Lorelei's Blog ( were issued a challenge...create something with these resin bubble slider bars available at Michael's Craft Stores in teal or purple. I accepted the challenge for several different reasons. I don't use slider bars, I don't do resin, and I wanted to stretch my artistic muscles in a new direction. With that in mind, I started with one package of the purple bubbles but eventually returned to Michael's and used my handy dandy coupons to purchase more purple and a package of the teal.

I completed four necklaces for the deadline of this challenge...but have so many more designs that I did not finish...I can't wait to get back to work!!

I am not the best blogger, or should I say, not the most regular blogger. I have also found I am not the best photographer when it comes to my jewelry. Many times I sell it faster than I can take pictures of it. My goal for this year was to have a bigger web presence...Pinterest, etsy, better blog, website. But I am finding that the photo issue is stalling my efforts to move forward. I feel that poor photography has hampered the magnificence of my completed resin bubble projects. So just know, blog hoppers, all four necklaces are spectacular in person. But I guess you will just have to take my word on that. I invite you to stay to the end despite the deteriorating photos.

First Up: Purple

The first pic is hanging on my mannequin so you can see the drape of the beads and such. The next two I think show the color combinations in a better light. I used the slider bar as base to display a variety of purple and pink beads at varying lengths. It is suspended on a plain gold chain.

In my work, I use natural, wood, stone, starting with the resin piece was a big step outside my box.

Purple Project #2:

Step number two for working outside the box was to go asymmetrical. I had these totally awesome faceted purple amethyst beads that I thought echoed the color and texture of the resin bubbles. I added some big gold ovals, purple cotton cord, a reclaimed gold chain, and a single gold flower button as an accent. Although I was going for some asymmetry, I created this necklace with the resin bubbles as a straight line anchor. Getting closer to busting out of the box!

Now on to the Teal...

Finally used the slider bar as part of the line of the necklace instead of being the star or the anchor. I used hammered gold circles, a hammered toggle, a line of sparkly teal and gold beads all mixed with teal ribbon and rat tail satin cord to set off the felted blue butterfly. Asymmetry takes flight.

Teal Project #2

Here is where the photos took a turn for the worst. I am going to try and re-do them so you can see the actual component you stopped by to see.

I used the light teal rat tail satin cord to suspend the main attraction. I found these great gold butterfly buttons to march up the side interspersed with hammered discs. I once again used the slider bar as a part of the overall flow instead of using it as the focal. The star of this show is the reclaimed cloisonne earring with the teal butterfly. I was amazed that the color matched so well.

I am not totally done with this component or what it can teach me. I will go back and try to use the slider bar in a bracelet design...or in a multilayer necklace...or oohh, oohhh, ooohhh, how about stacked together as a large focal. The ideas are endless. I can't wait to see what you all did with the same unassuming component.

I hope you all enjoyed my stop here on the resin bubble slider bar challenge. Thanks to our hostess Lorelei for putting forth the project idea and making it possible for us all to join in the fun. Thanks for a great time...and some brain strain. I look forward to the next challenge and what we all can do with it.

Here is a list of the other blog hoppers!


Denise McCabe

Mustard Bead

A Polymer Penchant

Pearl and Pebble

Peacock Fairy

Beads for Busy Gals

Dawn Williams

Shirley Moore

B Street Studios

Sally Russick


Erin Prais-Hintz

Heather Powers



Karen Firnberg





Toltec Jewels




  1. Wow! Wonderful job!! I like the simplicity of using one bauble per piece!
    I am happy that you created so many different pieces, to show how flexible these are for designs! Thank you for participating!!

    If you could, come over to my post, copy and paste the participant list and add it to your post so that blog hoppers can continue through to each blog easily!

  2. WONDERFUL! I love what you have done with the component. I agree there are so many things you can do with these. I am really liking what you have done using one component in multi-medium necklaces. Really nice.

  3. Seriously awesome designing! I was struggling trying to get one idea to work, and you come up with four! I really, really love that second piece, it is so rich, and I'm not even a gold person. I love those little dangles on the first one too.
    If you want to work on your photos, there are some great youtube videos on building a light box. I agree, photos are such a struggle.

    1. thanks for the encouraging words!
      I will check out the videos and hopefully get better at the picture taking.

  4. The sliders really are versatile. I love that you used them in so many ways. I think the second necklace is my favorite.

  5. Beautiful! I love the purple necklace. I love purple in any fashion, form,or manner. Great job!

    1. Purple always seems to be my "go-to" for everything. I love it as an accent or as the main course. Purple never fails!

  6. I think your post alone shows the many ways this little component can make up some awesome designs. You did a stellar job combining them with so many interesting materials. I'm partial to that second piece which suprises me since I'm not much of a gold person. I hear you on the photography, it can be such a stumbling block for all those online plans. Sometimes there is no quick way (I'm finding at least) I think it's just practice, practice, practice :)

    1. I'm glad to hear I am not alone in the photo department. I guess I am just going to have to practice, practice, practice!!
      It can only get better, right?
      Thanks for checking out my challenge projects.

  7. outstanding pieces ~ you really took a step out of the box ~ love the combinations of elements - really great!!

  8. Each of your necklaces are so unique and my favorite one is the teal/green one. I like all the different elements used, very fun.

  9. Great designs! You were really inspired with these sliders!

  10. Wow what beautiful designs! I think my favorite is the #2 the purple asymmetrical design. I love the mixed media look of the purple cotton cord, gold chain, and purple beads. You're right, there is more that those sliders can teach me, too! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  11. What a great assortment of designs! I love that second purple one. It looks very regal and I bet that you could wear it a different way every day of the week! Thanks for sharing your clever ideas. Enjoy the day. Erin

  12. I love your designs!! Really creative. My fav is project # 2. Really nice.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. It's appreciated.