We here on the Creative Team have been itching for a group challenge lately, so we decided to create a product-based challenge for ourselves! Bangles have been such a huge beading trend this year, so the product that we chose was the 8.5 Inch Channel Bangle Bracelet by Nunn Design. These bangles come in four beautiful finishes, allowing each of us to choose our favorite metal finish. Since the only rule of the challenge was to use the bangle, the design options were endless! Check out the six fantastic pieces that we came up with!
Gabby decided to create a ladder-stitched band of cobalt bugle seed beads and emerald Delica beads inspired by the colors of the Isle Royale National Park in her home state of Michigan. The beads fit perfectly into the channel of the bangle bracelet to create a seamless design! You can find her great design Isle Royale Bracelet in our inspiration gallery.
On my bracelet Ring of Flowers, I decided to use the Vintaj Patina Kit in Antique Window to color the base of the bangle and a handful of assorted Nunn Design bead caps. Once the patinas were dry, I used the Riveting and Piercing System to attach all of the bead caps to the bangle, creating a fun and spiky floral design!
To make her design Rock Star Dreams, Allie used the classic macrame square knot technique to adorn her bangle with sparkling silver fire polished glass beads. The combination of the bright fire polished glass beads and the black hemp cord created a edgy yet elegant bracelet design that can be worn with almost anything in your wardrobe!
Lindsay is all about sparkle and neon in her jewelry, so of course she blended the two together in her Neon Sparkle Bracelet! She used the covering a bangle technique to attach brilliant Swarovski Elements Crystal Rhinestone Chain and Neon Pink Crystal Pearls to her eye-catching design with sterling silver wire.
In the Earth and Ocean Bracelet, Katie decided to make a bangle created in the bright, distinctive style of Huichol art. She laid a base of Crystal Clay on the bangle and decorated it with seed beads pressed into the clay in a fun geometric pattern. This technique can be applied to both patterned and freestyle pieces, allowing for so many design possibilities!
Sam created her I Am a Dreamer Bracelet using riveting and stamping techniques. She started with a copper leather strap and used a disc cutter to punch out small circles, filling the holes with circles punched from a turquoise leather strap for creative design. A fun stamped blank with colored letters finished off the piece, resulting in a gorgeous mixed media masterpiece!
I hope one of these fabulous designs inspires you to create a bangle bracelet or three of your own!
Is there a product you would like to see the Creative Team use in a Bead Challenge? If so, leave a comment with the product you have in mind and we just may use your suggestion next!
Happy Beading! – Cody