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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Love My Art Jewelry-CYBER Sale!

In support of "Buying Handmade", many artisans have gathered together and are offering HUGE discounts on their handmade jewelry components and finished designs.  In my shop, I am offering 30% discount by entering ARTJEWELRY30 at checkout.

Follow the link below to the Love My Art Jewelry website to see all links to all the shops participating.  Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

7000 Bracelets for Hope - Blog Hop

I am having a CYBER SALE in my shop - use code ARTJEWELRY30 to receive a 30% discount!

This is the perfect time of year for this Blog Hop - and my friend Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads is the hostess! Bracelets are donated to the Global Genes Organization, who, in turn, pass on the bracelets to women whose children/family members are suffering from one of 7000 rare diseases.  The only requirement is that the bracelet be blue.
Well....since Sue volunteered to host this event, I just HAD to shop her store to get some beads! Seriously, Sue is one of my FAVORITE lamp work bead artists EVER (visit her shop here).  I recently donated 75 bracelets for the Global Genes annual event in September, and I commissioned Sue to make 50 sets of blue lamp work beads.  Each set was different...and my mailbox overflowed with some of the most beautiful beads - thank again, Sue!
I made three bracelets this time around.  I have been on an "entirely handmade kick" lately, so I made the toggles from a design in the book "Handcrafted Wire Findings", by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson.
If I had to name this bracelet, it would be Blue Bird of Happiness.  Ceramic bird by LeAnn Weih of Summer's Studio - flanked by Sue's yummy blue disc beads.
These flower beads of Sue's have so many lovely colors!
I had an orphan Donna Millard black disc that paired well with these beads from Sue - this is my favorite color blue.

It is truly my hope that the recipients of these bracelets will know that "someone out there" is sending healing prayers and hope their way.
Thank you so much for stopping by!  I love to read your comments, if you are so inclined to leave one!    In the meantime, please stop by the other participant's page and see their beautiful creations! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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