When I saw that Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry was hosting the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color blog hop I jumped at the chance to participate. I was intrigued by the premise of the challenge, which is to create a jewelry piece using color palettes that were created by Brandi Hussey from satellite pictures! The images of places all over our planet are from the Earth As Art exhibit, and are breathtakingly beautiful. The other thing that makes Erin’s blog hop challenges so interesting is that she encourages you to go beyond just the jewelry creation part of it and to actually learn a little something about the topic.
Of the two palettes I received, the one I chose to use is called “Lake District”.
Here’s what I learned:
The Lake District, also known as The Lakes, is a mountainous region of Northwestern England. The area is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, but also for being the home of poet William Wordsworth and children’s author Beatrix Potter.
The highest mountains in England are in the Lake District as well as the two deepest and longest lakes. Designated as a National Park in 1951, it’s the most visited National Park in the United Kingdom. Something that made it all the more interesting to me is that it happens that some of my husband’s ancestors are also from that region!
Another good thing about this challenge is that it forced me to delve into my stash of “stones I couldn’t resist buying but have no idea what to do with”. This pendant was the first thing I made-
Pretty close match, isn’t it? By the way, does anyone know what kind of stone that is?
Next, I thought I’d try to pick up on some of the dusky pink and rose brown tones. I had a strand of large picasso jasper rounds and two of these striped stone beads that I thought would work well for a chunky bracelet. I don’t know what those striped beads are either, but they have a wonderful silky smooth texture! I bent a couple of little gears to make bead caps for the picasso bead and wired everything together along with a few Czech glass beads.
So there you have it – I managed to use some of my mystery stones, learned about something new and had a great time doing it!
As I was writing this post I was having tons of computer issues so I apologize that I wasn’t able to include the list of other blog hop artists here – but please click on the link below to go back and visit them all – thanks for looking!
Erin Prais-Hintz http://treasures-found.blogspot.com
My husband and I love Steve Martin movies and we dug out “The Jerk” to watch a week or so ago. One of my favorite scenes is when the new phone book is delivered to the gas station where Navin is working and he leaps with joy at seeing his name in print. I felt much the same way when I came home from work one day last week to see that the new issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry had been delivered-
Because – alongside the work of so many really talented artists – is this article!
This hinge bracelet is my all time favorite found object piece, and was also the easiest to make. From the moment I saw that old hinge with its chippy red paint I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it – it’s too bad inspiration doesn’t usually come that easily!
This wasn’t the first time I’ve had one of my jewelry pieces published, and happily I know of at least a couple more to come, but that jumping up and down joy is always the same – along with a sense of wonder that something I used to only dream of has actually happened. So, if you make jewelry or knit or paint or write – whatever it is – don’t be afraid to send it out into the world for others to enjoy!
During one of my late night internet searches recently I fell in love with this tiny vintage brass watch fob –
When it arrived in the mail I set about finding something that would transform the little guy into a pendant. After rummaging around awhile I found what I was looking for – an old piece of scalloped amber glass that I acquired years ago.
As I had hoped, it fit in the watch fob bottom perfectly! After that it was a simple matter to add some filigree, a matching crystal and some brass chain. I just love this little guy!
I was really tempted to keep this one, but I decided he’d make a great gift for someone so into my Etsy shop it went. Here’s the link to my shop if you’d like to take a look-
Lately my blog posts have been about anything but jewelry, as my creative urges in that area have kind of gone through a lull. I used to get stressed out about that, but now I realize that channeling my creativity in other ways – like taking pictures of cows or the moon! – helps me to get a fresh perspective that really helps when I sit down at my little workbench again.
I’ve kind of been obsessed with these angel wing stampings lately – I just love the exqusite detail of the feathers, and the way they look in different finishes or with an added patina. That got my spark lit again, at least enough to make a few things!
By the way, the fabulous brass wings are from B’ Sue Boutiques – if you make jewelry and haven’t visited her store yet you really should! www.bsueboutiques.com
Lisa O’Dell, of Blue Raven
A great little boutique called Blue Raven just opened in the area (on Highway 14 in Nixa, if you’re in the Springfield area) and I’m honored to have been invited to sell my jewelry there. The owner, Lisa O’Dell, has done a great job of filling this charming little cottage with all kinds of home accessories, artwork and just fun things!
Here’s a little tour –
Whoo loves owls – I do!
An inviting corner – love that bench!
Lots of great gift ideas for dog lovers!
Cute kitchen accessories for the holidays
Lots of fabulous jewelry – including lilruby of course! 🙂
There’s so much more to see at Blue Raven – if you’re in the area please do stop by!
I so enjoyed this blog hop challenge! We were instructed to choose a part of the world other than where we live and then create something inspired by it. I chose Africa, because for years I’ve been fascinated by tribal jewelry and love to collect African trade beads. Here’s a picture of part of my collection-
Those beads in the center of the tray are kiffa beads, and they’re the reason why I specifically chose Mauritania as the African country I felt inspired by.
Mauritania is an interesting land of contrasts on the Western coast of Africa, and is bordered by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Sahara Desert. The northern part of the country is inhabited by nomadic Arab and Berber tribes, and by black African people in the southern portion.
Making kiffa beads
African women make the colorful kiffa beads by hand, using traditional methods and very simple ingredients – ground glass, gum arabic – sometimes even saliva! The beads are made in pans over an open fire. Modern kiffa beads look much the same as ones made long ago. I think they’re so beautiful!
I have a handful of kiffa beads that I’ve been hanging onto for a number of years, and I used them in three separate jewelry pieces for this challenge. First is this pair of earrings made with hammered brass hoops, batiked bone beads and a couple of small kiffas-
Next is a bracelet with beads that remind me of Morrocan silver, a large copal amber bead and small kiffas.
The final piece is a necklace made with antiqued brass, czech glass and more kiffa beads, including my favorite – a triangular focal.
Thanks so much for joining me on my little tour of Mauritania – I hope you enjoyed it!
Be sure to visit all the other countries and artists on this wonderful trip around the world!
Would you like to travel around the world? You’ll have your chance this Saturday, Sept. 1st!
The very talented Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry is hosting a fabulous blog hop called “The Challenge of Travel” that will take us to see 59 amazing jewelry artists and their designs which are inspired by countries around the world. In this challenge we were asked to choose a country other than the one we live in, learn what we can about it and then create something inspired by it.
I’m excited to be a part of this fun challenge, and look forward to seeing what everyone creates. Here’s a list of all the participants – the fun begins at 7:00 a.m. central time on Saturday – hope you’ll join us!
I just found out that a pair of my earrings were chosen to be included on the On Fire for Handmade Great Finds page for this week!
These are the featured earrings!
What this means is that viewers can vote for their favorite item, and the winning artist recieves a gift and some great publicity on the On Fire for Handmade blog.
The theme this week is “Fall Color Trends” and there are many beautiful entries, so be sure to go check it out! Here’s where to go to see the entries and to vote:http://www.onfireforhandmade.com/Great-Finds.html
Yay! It’s finally time to reveal the pieces I created for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party so graciously hosted by Lori Anderson at http://www.prettythingsblog.com!
My partner is the lovely and talented Lori Poppe of http://www.lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com. Here is the bead soup she sent to me:
My first project was to create a necklace using the beautiful sky blue pendant and the lampwork beads. This was a bit of a challenge at first, as I don’t usually work with pastel colors. Once I picked up on the black background of the lampwork beads I was able to bring a little of my “darkness” into the necklace with some black chain. I think it turned out to be an interesting combination!
Lori included a terrific handmade copper toggle clasp and I used it for this necklace of magnesite slabs and copper wire beads-
I found a use for the wonderful horse head beads by combining them with turquoise magnesite and a black lava bead in this bracelet and matching earrings-
It was so much fun being a part of this event, and I can’t wait to see everyone else’s creations! Here’s a link so you can follow along-
I’m anxiously waiting for the bead soup that Lori Poppe, my partner in the Bead Soup Blog Party is sending. I hope whatever it is, I can do it justice! I really agonized over what to send her, and even tore open the package and changed all of the beads at the last minute. This isn’t the greatest picture, but here’s what I sent:
I sent Lori some of my favorite copper toned brass and turquoise czech glass beads. The focal is an ornate key charm that I added a verdigris patina to.
Maybe my package will get here today – if it does, I’ll be sure to show you!