Midwinter Beading Challenge Finished Project Entry and a Giveaway!

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Updated March 5, 2022: I recently found out I was selected as the winner of the Eureka Crystal Beads Midwinter Beading Challenge! Woohoo!

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Hey beautiful! In today’s video I will present the completed jewelry set I created from the mystery contents of the Eureka Crystal Beads Midwinter Beading Challenge. All of the material types are combined to make this necklace and earrings set, and just a couple additional findings came from my stash, which was my goal! Be sure to enter the easy giveaway above to win these pieces. One Orchid and Opal Youtube subscriber will be selected to win, at random, on Friday, February 25th. See the list below for the products used in this jewelry set:

Midwinter Beading Challenge Piece:

mid winter beading challengeSince we were provided with such a stunning blue octagonal Krakovski crystal stone, I decided right away that I would like to make a pendant necklace with that as the focal point. The crystal is bezeled in the 11/0 Toho Treasure Beads and the 15/0 Toho Charlotte Beads. Additional beads adorn all sides of the bezel, which came together through a bit of trial and error. 

Next I created six of the beaded components, which include the Nib-bit beads, Teacup beads, Fire Polish, crystal rondelles, and seed beads. Two of the components make up the set of earrings, and the other four break up the various seed bead rope segments in the necklace. 

The way I incorporated the clasp loop is a different way to use a toggle clasp as a connector, instead of as a clasp. Herringbone stitch beaded strips loop around the ring, attaching the pendant and both sides of the beaded rope necklace, which consists of various segments of beaded prismatic right angle weave beading stitch. Teacup beads frame each end of the rope segments to add an additional detail.

Since I did not have the proper size of ending findings to complete the ends of the beaded rope, I used 20g wire to create DIY wire coil cord end findings that fit the diameter of the rope perfectly. I added jump rings from my stash, and the second toggle clasp that was included in the mystery contents.

More: Midwinter Beading Challenge:

While you’re here, check out the video where I shared the first look at the mystery contents of the Midwinter Beading Challenge:

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Curious which bead box is the best (for you)? Check out this video for more info!

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6 comments on “Midwinter Beading Challenge Finished Project Entry and a Giveaway!

Sue White

Gina, you really inspire me. I love how you include all the challenge components, which shows off your versatility and creative genius.

Jackie Agdeppa

Gina, your jewelry set is absolutely gorgeous. Sure hope a tutorial is soon to follow.


Thanks so much, Jackie!


Thank you so much, Sue! I am really happy to hear it! 🙂

Nancy Lowery

I look forward to all your videos 😀


Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for all of your support. I really appreciate you!

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