Link Challenge Reveal!

Today is the reveal for Peggy’s Blogging Link Challenge.  As a recap, Peggy sent us 25 of her acrylic links to play with and challenged us to create a piece of jewelry using those links.  We’ve had about 3 weeks to work on our designs, and today is the day we show off our creations.

I received 25 tortoise-shell colored links.  I really like fun, chunky chain, and there are a couple of jewelry ideas I’ve been working on where chunky chain would be fun to have.  Unfortunately, these lovely brown-toned links weren’t quite the right color for my vision.  So I worked on something new.

For my first piece, I knew I wanted to create a bracelet.  I love working with bracelets, and these links almost naturally form into a cuff.  I played around with the links a bit and figured out how to best link them together.  I wanted to make sure the openings for each link went in the same direction.

The links don’t seem to have a difference between the front or back, so it doesn’t really matter how you link them together, but I wanted them to be the same direction because that sort of thing matters to me.

Once they were linked, I decided I wanted to weave a ribbon in the links.  I raided my mom’s stash of trims and ribbons and found several I loved.  I first wove in the mustard and then figured out how to work the turquoise into the weave.

For the ends, I just tied a simple overhand knot and tightened it as best I could.  I’m going to add a small dab of glue just for security.  I cut the ends to my desired length {then I wore it for a bit and made them shorter}.

I created a simple hook clasp and a couple of large sized jump rings out of 16-gage copper wire to finish off the piece.  I love how this turned out!

Then I looked at my remaining links and realized I had 15 left!  So I had to make something else.  I really need {ok, want} some more long length necklaces.  I decided to create beaded segments and use some of Peggy’s links between them.

This time I used fabric ties to attach the links to the wrapped wire.  I liked the idea of the fraying fabric.  I started with long ties and it just didn’t look right, so I kept making them shorter and shorter until the are almost down to just the knots.  These will also get glued for added security {I have a 14-month-old who loves momma’s jewelry}.

The thing I really, really liked about creating this piece was the ability add and remove links.  Did I want 3 links here?  Click, click.  There you go.  Maybe I really wanted 5.  Click, click.  No, 4 is perfect.

Then there was the section of beads that I realized were facing the wrong direction.  Just a couple of clicks and it was all fixed.  With standard chain I would have been re-wrapping and wasting wire.  I really liked that flexibility.

Here is the completed necklace.  It ended up at 29 inches, which is pretty decent for a longer necklace.

Now for the fun part!

Here is the list of other designers who tackled this challenge…

Shelley Graham Turner ~ Fabric of My Life
Tania Spivey ~ Moobie Grace Designs
Ambra Gostoli ~ Chick and Frog ~ Jewels with Love
Kashmira Patel ~ Sadafulee…always in bloom!
Linda Florian ~ Lily’s of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Jami Shipp ~ Celebrating Life!
Terri Gauthier ~ Blooming Ideas
Miranda Ackerley ~ Everything Fabulous!
Mary Govaars ~ MLH Jewelry Designs
Sarah Goode ~ Pookledo
Paula Hisel ~ simply stated
Shai Williams ~ Shaiha’s Ramblings
Jennifer Reno ~ Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Kay Thomerson ~ KayzKreationz
Denielle Hagerman ~ A Blog About Some Beads and Other Things I Like
Janeen Sorensen ~ Wild Vanilla Designs {you’re here}
Emma Todd ~ A Polymer Penchant
Audrey Bélanger ~ Dreams of an Absolution
Mischelle Fanucchi ~ Micheladas Musings
Ilenia Ruzza ~ Ilenia’s Unique Beaded and Painted Jewelry

You can see all of our creations on Peggy’s blog, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite design!

22 thoughts on “Link Challenge Reveal!

  1. I love what you did with the links and I have to tell you, I was hoping that someone would use ribbons or yarn with a bracelet-YAH! Thanks for participating in the challenge!

  2. Both pieces are great. But I really like your bracelet with the ribbon/silk woven through it. I’m into fiber in pieces right now and that is great.

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