Tide Pools - The May Theme Design Challenge Reveal

Over at Art Elements, Lesley challenged the team and our readers to use tide pools as the inspiration for May's design challenge. I haven't really made any jewelry in months. I was kind of missing it, even though I keep thinking about getting rid of all my jewelry making supplies. So I pulled out some of my supplies that made me think of tide pools, in particular the crustiness and the small lifeforms that reside in tide pools. This is by no means every piece that qualifies for the tide pool category. 

Buried under a stack on my bench, I rediscovered some ancient Roman glass pieces and considered how to use the below piece. It is really really cool, but does not have a hole, I don't want to cover either side, and I'm not sure how to frame it. I need to think about it for a while. The photos really do not do it justice. 

One of the things I've decided is to only make jewelry I would actually wear. That means simple and casual. So I grabbed piece of leather, also buried on my bench, some big-holed freshwater pearls, roman glass, and the components I had gathered together and just started adding random beads and knotting between each bead, leaving space for the beads to move around...because I love the movement. I also wanted it to be very short so I could wear it with my signature piece that I wear almost every single day, and is 16" length (I think). I also don't care for long necklaces. 

Sorry for the bad photos, but it was dark, so I had to depend on lamps. 


I added a Green Girl Studios ring (not sure what it's called, as I've had it forever) and made a hook for the clasp. I totally mangled the wire used to attach the hook, but I redid it twice and decided to just go with it since it's for me anyway. 

Something else I found buried on my bench is a bracelet my daughter made for herself using some of my very first lampwork beads. She recently cleaned her room and gave me the bracelet...not that I ever wanted those beads back... They are all pretty hideous, but this one, which I also thought looked very tide pool-y too in color, depth, and bubbles. So I added it. 

This necklace is filled with various artists. I used ceramic components by Caroline Dewison (the purple ammonite, and blue urchins). The teal and brown textured ceramic disc by Lesley Watt, the turquoise ceramic bead by Karen Totten, the lampwork bead by me, and the pewter ring by Green Girl Studios

The Art Elements team hosts a monthly design challenge with several participants. Please take a look at how they were inspired by the theme and be sure to leave a comment! 















AE Team Members:




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Jenny Davies-Reazor



Jill Egan

Jen you have some lovely beads there, I love the simplicity too, and the pearls work really well.

Lesley Watt

Lovely design Jen - like you I've gone back to less is more when it comes to jewellery and this is just the kind of wearable piece I love. Many thanks for taking part in the challenge.


Your necklace feels like harmony of components, with the uniqueness of each bead and the clasp, and even the knots, all coming together. I love it!


Really lovely design and elemnets you chose! Very organic and beachy/tide pool feel to it. And a surprise b/c I didn't think you were participating this month! Glad you played along.

Rozantia Petkova

Love the collection of beads, it looks like they were found in a long forgotten jewelry box and brought to life in this eclectic necklace!


I love this piece...the colors, the textures and that clasp is divine! Beautiful!


I love the way the beads are spaced and tied for this piece. The knots and the fiber are even an element in this nautical theme because it makes me think ropes and nets! It's a perfect format to showcase your choice of beads and your colors. Just lovely <3

Susan Kennedy

Gorgeous selection of beads, Jen! Love it!


This one looks lovely but what I especially love about it is that there are stories or connections behind the components! I would also love to see your own lampwork bead with sunlight coming through! :)


What a perfect mix of beads for this challenge! Beautifully done.


A really lovely necklace Jen, with such a beautiful collection of beads! I think your roman glass piece would look beautiful with a simple high carrot gold prong setting, I have so many Roman glass pieces that I really need to build up the courage to use!


I've never heard of Roman Glass, does it mean that it's ancient? From Rome? In any case, I love the texture and colors of it. You've created a personal, sentimental piece of jewelry there that's colorful as well.


Its flotsam and jetsam. Its treasures washed ashore. Its almost mermaid treasure. I mean if you were a mermaid - you would collect things and string them like that. And this simple pleasure is why you need to keep at least some tools. PS that tide pool stash picture is off the hook!


What a perfect way to represent this theme. The necklace is spectacular and exactly the sort one could wear everyday with almost any outfit.

Laney Mead

Simple and wearable is the only way for me, I love the idea of large decorative pieces but they don't suit me! That Roman glass bead/cab is just amazing. I like how your daughter gives you 'stuff' back too.. it isn't just mine!!


What a gorgeous design, I love the collection of beads you chose... I would wear that a lot! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the glass piece, it's really interesting! I'd be tempted to make some kind of silver bail for it to hang down from. It definitely needs to be seen from all angles.

Sarajo Wentling

Love the combination of colors and textures! Pretty and totally wearable!

Lori Anderson

I am late to the page but I LOVE what you collected!

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