Friday, November 30, 2012

The Big Reveal

Yesterday I told you about my first blog hop challenge. Well, today is the day of "the big reveal!" We were each assigned two satellite pictures from the USGS, with a corresponding color palette. Wow, talk about inspiring! I would never have guessed a USGS photo would inspire colors for a piece of jewelry. At first, I thought the Okavanga Delta was going to be my favorite, with the pretty shades of green and fuschia. In fact, I vowed not to buy anything for this challenge, but just use up what I already had, and I had some tourmaline, chalcedony, and peridot that I thought would be perfect:

And I made this bracelet. Which is fine. I like it.

And I started on this pendant that incorporated the shape of the delta seen in the photo:

But I still wanted to try the other palette and see if I was more inspired. As I looked at this palette, I realized it was one I used to use a lot. When I first started beading, I fell in love with olive jade and smooth, dark wooden beads--lots of chocolate brown.

I found myself falling into the same clean, modern style that I tended towards when I was first beading:

But it isn't really the style that I work in these days. Though I think the clean, modern stones-and-metal style is beautiful, I really love to incorporate something that has a history, like found and vintage objects, collage, and Czech glass. I put it aside, and came back the next day.

The next day, as I was digging around, I came across a resin pendant I had made, which incorporated a scrap of a vintage French letter. I hadn't quite decided what to do with it, and I thought "Maybe..." so I started piling green, gray, and brown beads around it. I added a vintage tassel. Some silver chain. After playing for awhile, I came up with a necklace and earrings that fit both my style and the color palette:

This was such a great challenge for me! I had gotten stuck in a color rut, and also had forgotten about so many pretty stones I had in my stash. I had moved away from using stones at all, really, because I love Czech glass so much, but I love the earthy, organic quality they bring to a piece. This was just what I needed to jump-start my creativity! Thanks so much to Erin and Brandi for this challenge!

Please go blog hopping and visit the other artists!

ALSO Check out my project--cocktail bling rings--on Jewelry Making Daily today!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Blog hop!

My very first Blog Hop experience!

As you may have noticed, I'm not a prolific blogger. ;-) It is my goal to do better in 2013! My friend and Nunn Design Team Member, Erin Prais-Hintz, however, is a blogger extraordinaire. When I saw she was running a Blog Hop Challenge, I decided it was time to give it a shot.

But what a crazy subject! From Erin: 

"The Challenge of Color
The Challenge goes like this... select your favorite palette from one of two unique palettes sent to you. These amazing palettes were created by my friend Miss Brandi Hussey who is my color guru. The pictures are from the Earth As Art exhibit from the United States Geological Service taken from the Landsat 7 satellite. Hard to believe that these fantastical places are all right here on our tiny planet! You need to make something...a piece of jewelry, or an accessory...anything that captures the colors from your palette. You can elect to do both if you wish."

So, our color palettes came from US Geological Service satellite maps. Check out the two assigned to me:


Beautiful colors, right? Who'd have thought? Tomorrow, November 30, is the big REVEAL, where everyone posts what they made. Stay tuned!

Here is the link for the entire blog hop list. Be sure and hop around!