Friday, November 30, 2012

The Challenge of Color Blog Hop!

The lovely Erin Prais-Hintz of Treasures Found is hosting another fun hop: The Challenge of Color.  Erin's challenges are always SO.MUCH.FUN!
The Challenge goes like this: Erin tasked the participants to select their favorite palette from one of two unique palettes she sent to us. These amazing palettes were created by  Miss Brandi Hussey. The pictures are from the Earth As Art exhibit from the United States Geological Service taken from the Landsat 7 satellite.  The participants are required to make something...a piece of jewelry, or an accessory...anything that captures the colors from the assigned palette.
Here is the first palette:
(click on pictures for larger view)
The first thing I did - after gasping at the gorgeous colors - was to find out about these volcanoes.  While I knew from my long ago geography classes in high school that Chile had volcanoes, I had no idea that there were over 70 volcanoes located within this long - but not wide - country!  I am - and will always be - a lover of the Mountains.  I'll take mountains over oceans any day. 
The blues and greens in the palette spoke to me in volumes.  I knew I had the PERFECT beads that not only reflected the colors, but the shapes of my well-loved mountains.
The picture above is of the beads I chose, laying on top of my Color Inspiration.  The beads are by I really need to elaborate on her beads???  LOVE THEM.  The swirls of color throughout each bead speak to me - and again - it wasn't just the colors - it was the "mountain top" shape of the bead.  I wanted to use more than one in my piece, as in a mountain range. So I hammered out some discs from copper, and made a bail of sorts for each bead.

I was lucky to find the perfect blue beads in my stash from another outstanding lampwork artist - Rachel Bishop (Puffafish on etsy) - to mimic the water in the inspiration, as well as the hint of blue in the "mountain beads" from Outwest.  These blue beads have so many varying hues of blue - so pretty in person!

I made all of the copper elements - the "messy beads", the awesome clasp from a Cindy Wimmer tutorial, bead caps, - the head pins and the ear wires, too.  Love the pop of red achieved when heated copper hits the water for quenching!


I am so pleased with how this turned out!
Not good at making choices, Erin sent me a second color palette - so I rallied to this challenge, too.

While I knew Algeria was a desert territory, I did not know how truly large a country it is - the 10th largest in the world.  Over 90% of the country is desert - I would not survive here - the hottest recorded temperature is 123 degrees Fahrenheit.  I wilt when the thermometer approaches 70 degrees! I am still fascinated by desert terrains - hot as Hades in the day, and near frigid at night.  Quite an adjustment for those that live there.  Anyway, on with the reveal!

I had this most beautiful set of beads by Shelia Davis (Stone Designs by Sheila on Etsy) - see those deep, reddish brown beads in the center of the photo?  Those are the ones that caught my eye when I opened up my bead box.  Say desert to me and I instantly see a burnt red.  I found the beads, but could not think of what to do with them.  So I went through my huge shelf of books and I found a bracelet design that was perfect (again, by Cindy Wimmer in Wire Style 2).  The links of the bracelet are very free form and flowing, with the beads attached by very large jump rings to either side of each link.

I really love this bracelet!  I have to thank Cindy for her inspiration today in both of my pieces...thank you Cindy!

Thank you Erin for hosting this hop!  We all have times when our muse takes a vacation - and my muse came back, thanks to you! I can honestly say that your blog hops push me, creatively speaking, like no other.  For that...I am very grateful!  And Brandi, thank you for creating such beautiful inspirations!
Sorry my post was so long today, but thank you for hanging on!  Your comments mean the world to me!
If you haven't already, please visit all of the participants:

Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy

Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen   <--You are here
Lesley Watt
Lynn White

Joan Williams


  1. Well, girlfriend, you did great! And love, love your bead choices! Wirework - sublime!!! Outwest I knew - now to check out the others. yeah, I have addictions, too!

  2. Wonderful pieces Patti, your bead choices are perfect and your wire work is perfect too. I love the movement you acheived, I just want to reach out and touch them.

  3. Patti, what a treat to read and view your Challenge of Color blog post. The beads you chose are so gorgeous and your wire wrapping so perfect and all together what beautiful pieces you achieved. Love those mountain beads and how you made special copper bails for them. I too found these photos such a wonderful inspiration. How lucky we are to have Erin and Brandi in our creative lives.

  4. Lovely pieces, Patti! I jumped immediately to your blog to see the Chilean Volcanoes: I love your take on it, and simply love the colour the copper took. I must try warming it next time :)

    Both your pieces are just gorgeous: your wire work is perfect, your colour palette is perfect, and the balance of your pieces is something I admire dearly. Stunning!

  5. Oh you got some of my favourite colours there! Ochres olives and burnt red...heavenly! I'd happily wear any and all of thoe beautifully made pieces Patti - great work!

  6. Patti, congrats for finding the time to tackle two palettes... both pieces look amazing! What a great use for Julie's unique streaky drops; with your copper bails they are breathtaking!

  7. What a big group. Both of yours look great!I love the earrings you made in the first group. I could wear them right now!

  8. Oh my I don't know where to start! I love all the twists and turns the chain takes in that first piece! and those beads from outwest - oh man! YUM! And the second piece with Cindy's beads ... wow what a great piece that is too! Lovely work Patti!

  9. Patti - stunning as usual! I love your take on each of those palettes - especially the volcano one (love, love, love volcanoes)! I also love the all your wire work - FANTASTIC!

  10. I love your choice of metals and beads....Cindy has inspired me many times too! Both are such neat pieces..I want!!

  11. Beautiful pieces! Your wirework is amazing! I love it when it all comes together. It's nice when your muse returns! And congrats for doing both!!!!

  12. Outstanding! Both pieces! I really like the desert color pallette best and have no idea why. Like you, I wilt over 70 degrees and yearn for mountain areas.

  13. Beautiful! The beads you chose were spot-on, and your wirework set them off perfectly. And there's no missing the connection of the Outwest beads (gonna have to check them out - a new bead artist to me) to the inspiration!

  14. Love your wire wrapping and you designs for the color palette!

  15. Lots of beautiful wire work!! Plus, you matched the palettes. Nice job!!

  16. Great matches to your color paletts, love the navy and copper earrings!

  17. wow, those are both so so perfectly beautiful. Patti, I love what you do with those almost-drip beads and your wirework is so beautiful. yup, I officially just love them.

  18. Patti you created such lovely pieces - your necklace picks up on all those colors in your first palette and has that edgy, contemporary look but still relaxing and subdued...and the Bracelet - well now that is my absolute favorite! Love your choice of the beads and as always your wirework is SUPER :) JLynn

  19. Both pieces are beautiful and match the palettes perfectly!

  20. Great work with the colors, the copper and the lovely beads. Sheila's beads are so yummy; I think I have some of that gorgeous dark red too. Great pieces you presented. Andrea

  21. Super sweet creations! I would wear them in a heartbeat!

  22. Both pieces are beautiful but I am enchanted by the wire work involved in the necklace. Love it!


  23. Absolutely stunning - I adore both your designs, they are truly beautiful - love them Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

  24. Patti, look at you with your perfectly created loops and "messy beads", beautifully done! Patti, the patinaed (is that a word?) copper creates such a lovely background for the beautiful colors of the beads, both designs have a wonderful earthy feel! I'm going to just sit here and admire your wirework! STUNNING!!!!!

  25. I love your work Patti! The pieces you created are so beautiful and so true to the palettes they were inspired by! I love bracelets with movement and can almost feel and hear yours on my wrist! =)

  26. Those are both stunning! I love those beads as well and you used them so well! I love the little bails that you made for the necklace .. such a great way to display those drops. Your bracelet is just amazing. Like Sally, I love the "messy beads" and loops intertwined. I found myself staring at the screen wondering which loop went where. :)

  27. I love the bracelet Patti! So creative. Thank you for the mention in your challenge blog post.

  28. 'Can't get over how well those blue beads matched your palette! You made your own toggles and links, too? Fantastic! Thank you for your words of encouragement on my blog, too!

  29. Great job Patti, I like both of your pieces but, the second one is my favorite.

  30. Beautiful Patti, I love the browns.. The blues are stunning.

  31. WOW, these are amazing! I love how you used that bluish purple from your first palette as your majority color, but that we can still see the others in there, too. And I love the movement of the bracelet - all of those fun beads dangling!

    Thank you so much for participating!

  32. Such fabulous beads and color choices - both pieces are great but I really love that necklace!!

  33. Mmm... Yummy copper! Your wire work compliments the beads perfectly.

  34. Ooooh! I love your wire work and the beads are perfect! Copper. The perfect metal. These are gorgeous pieces! I really love all of these pieces!!! They are stunning!!!

  35. Both of your designs are wonderful. Really love the Outwest Beads you used in your first palette and what you did with them.

  36. Gorgeous pieces and perfect responses to the challenge schemes. Fantastic!

  37. Lovely designs and your beads choices were superb!

  38. What a smashing pair of pieces! Love love love your wirework here :)

  39. Your wire work is perfection, and your use of color is inspired. Beautiful, beautiful pieces!

  40. Is it bad form to show up extra late to your own shindig? I am sorry that it took me so long to make it here but I am so glad that I did! What a stunning assortment of goodies you have shown us! You really do have a nice stash, if I do say so myself. And I am crushing on your copper handiwork. Those messy beads are awesome! I always want to emulate Miss Cindy, but I run out of time. You are encouraging me to open up those books again! A good goal for the new year. I am most humbled by your sweet words, Miss Patti. I am so happy that you like these Challenges and as long as there are people like you who will rise to them, I will continue to offer them! So glad you played along with me! Enjoy the day. Erin

  41. All your pieces are wonderful. But that first necklace really captures the colors and the texture and look of the palette. Very nice.

  42. Wow Patti, Exquisite workmanship! I love the wire work! The beads & the clasp are terrific! I hope you don't mind & Cindy doesn't either, but I'd love to copy them for my next project. It'll be in silver because it's for a friend. I'm especially into copper at the moment for me, though.

    Thanks for the nice comments on my blog. You should try Kumihimo. It's not as hard as it looks. My next attempt at it will be with 26 gauge copper. I think it'll make a cool look.

    But back to you. Love your work. The bracelet looks fun to wear!

  43. I'm slowly getting around to all the color challenge blog posts. Your pieces are absolutely gorgeous! I love the wonderful colors in the first piece and how you represented the mountains with those lovely Outwest beads. Your second piece is just as beautiful, and I love that you used Cindy's design.