Friday, November 30, 2012

3rd Annual Challenge of Color

A few years ago, Erin Prais-Hintz from Treasures Found hosted the first Challenge of Color.  For this challenge, Erin picked palettes from paint chips.  The challenge proved to be popular and, a year later, Erin hosted the 2nd Annual Challenge of Color, this time using palettes from Jessica Colaluca's Design Seeds.

I was able to join in the 2nd Annual Challenge of Color.  (You can find my entry here.)  I had so much fun that when Erin announced the 3rd Annual Challenge of Color, I jumped right in.

This time around, Erin teamed with Brandi Hussey from Brandi Girl.  Together, Erin and Brandi selected 40 images from the Earth as Art image gallery.  Brandi, talented as she is, created color palettes from those images.

The Earth as Art images were taken by Landsat 7, a satellite designed to collect information about the Earth.  The Landsat 7 does not capture images in the same way we would see them.  Instead, the satellite takes a multispectral image, which records data across an electromagnetic spectrum.  In other words, Landsat 7 looks at light and radiation to see a different picture of the Earth, a picture that helps scientists understand more about our environment.

I had never seen Earth as Art before this challenge and I found myself spending hours browsing the galleries.   I highly suggest you take a look as well.  (Or, you can just hop around to see some beautiful images and jewelry created by my fellow challengers.)

Erin sent each person two palette and allowed us to choose which one we would like.  I couldn't help it.  I loved both images and opted for both.

This is the first image Erin sent to me:

The image is Campeche, a Mexican state comprised of rain forests and a bit of savanna.  Campeche is also the home of a many Mayan ruins.

The lush vegetation of the rain forests appear red on the image.  The savanna (I think) appears brown.

I love the red and turqoise together with just a hint of brown and green.  This is not a palette I normally work with, but I loved the image and I wanted a challenge.  As luck would have it, while browsing on etsy, I found the perfect focal bead from Atlantis Glass Beads.

It looks awesome with these glass beads.

I had brown leather that matched the brown in the palette.

My bracelet is inspired by Mary Jane Dodd's "Awakening Lotus" bracelet, which can be found in Bohemian Inspired Jewelry by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel.  (By the way, if you haven't picked up this book yet, put it on your Christmas list -- it's fabulous.)

Mary Jane used waxed linen in her bracelet.  I didn't have any on hand, so I used seed beads.  I created a small spiral rope on either side of the coordinating beads.

On the other side, a peyote spiral highlights leather cording.

Of course, the turquoise is missing from my bracelet.  While I'm sad to have left out such a gorgeous color (and one that brings such beauty to the image), I love the darker green and brown with the dark blue.

This is my second image:

This picture is an Iraqi emplacement, an area, that according to Sky Image Lab, is "a former wetland that is now a staging area for military exercises."

I was taken with this palette when I first saw it.  I love purple and green together (who doesn't?), but it would not have occurred to me to add blue to the mix.

While at the bead store, I found the perfect Czech glass beads.  They have the perfect shades of purple and green and even a shimmer of light blue.  I decided to pair these with Swarovski crystals and bronze pearls.

I wanted to make a pendant worthy of this palette.  I immediately thought of Sabine Lippert's Granada pendant.  Luckily, I had everything I needed in my stash and it only took a short time to find the right colors.

Sabine is a gifted designer and beader.  The Granada pendant is available in Sabine's book, Beaded Fantasies.  You can also find wonderful designs in her website or etsy shop.

A spiral chain was the perfect compliment (and a good amount of "bling").

I *love* the finished piece.

Erin and Brandi, thank you so much for a wonderful challenge.  I love playing with color and these palettes were fabulous.

If you have time, please take a look to see what the rest of the participants did with their palettes.

Rebecca Anderson
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Stephanie Buss
Cece Cormier
Janice Everett
Cherrie Fick
Denielle Hagerman
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Alicia Marinache
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Kashmira Patel
Bobbie Rafferty
Nicole Rennell
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Renetha Stanziano
Melissa Trudinger
Shelley Graham Turner
Rachel Van-Walsk
Joan Williams

Saturday, November 17, 2012

i heart macro Sunday

Fall finally arrived.  The past few weeks have given us cooler temperatures and lovely shades of red, yellow and orange.

Most of the leaves have fallen from our trees, but a few are still hanging on.

For more macro goodness, check out Studio Waterstone

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

i heart macro Sunday

For my entry in the Toast of the Town necklace blog hop, click here.

The kiddo loves to keep me company while I take jewelry photos.  She chases the dogs in the yard, gathers flowers and is always willing to stand in "just the right spot" to cast an even shadow over my subject.

While I photographed my version of Erin Prais-Hintz's Toast of the Town necklace, the kiddo roamed the yard and collected stray leaves and flowers.

The kiddo is amazingly resourceful.  As I was busy snapping pictures, she entered the house and came out with a shot glass.

Carefully, she arranged her treasures.

She made sure each and every branch was in the exact right spot.

She is extremely proud of her bouquet.  She checks the water every day and, so far, it is still doing well.

For more macro goodness, check out Studio Waterstone

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Michaels Toast of the Town necklace hop

About a month ago, Erin Prais-Hintz of Treasure Found showed us her Toast of the Town necklace.  Erin made the necklace for Michaels as part of Michael's Made by Me, Inspired by Life promotion.

Erin's necklace is not only stunning, but is an amazingly versatile piece that can be worn several different ways.  I was immediately "wow"ed and started plotting my own version.  As it turned out, I didn't have to plot very long.

Erin, that wonderful challenge master, partnered with Michaels for a quick fire challenge.  Erin bought several strands of beads from Michaels and created three different color palettes.  She sent those sets of beads to a lucky few of us asking that we create our own version of her Toast of the Town necklace.

Erin sent each of us a random set of beads and I was excited to see I had received the brown and copper set -- I am totally an earthtones girl!

As luck would have it, I had a strand of bronze metal beads that worked perfectly with the beads Erin selected.  I started stringing .. and stringing .. and stringing.  Okay, it didn't take that long, but this necklace does take a ton of beads.

Two long (40 inch) strands of beads comprise Erin's necklace.  I was able to complete one strand using the beads Erin sent and even had a few left over.

I really wanted to incorporate bead weaving into this challenge.  Erin wanted to show how versatile her necklace pattern can be and I wanted to help her do that.

I looked through my stash and found a strand of 3mm bronze pearls.  A quick trip to the bead store yielded a strand of yellow/brown 3mm Chinese crystals.  What's a girl to do with those?  Make a spiral rope, of course.

I used the few beads I had left to break up sections of the spiral rope.

The spiral ropes compliment Erin's beads.

Erin was also kind enough to send a clasp.  It was a bit shiny for these beads, but a bit of gilder's paste helped toned it down.

I made my necklace a bit shorter than Erin's.  Even so, I was able to wear it twisted.

I think I prefer it hanging freely.  I love how you can adjust the strands to different lengths.

This necklace was so easy to make -- and fun also!  If you would like to make your own, you can find the instructions here on the Michaels website.

Erin, thank you for such a great design and a wonderful challenge.  I had a blast with these beads!

If you would like to see more awesome variations on the Toast of the Town necklace, please visit Erin's blog or take a look below:

Tanya - A Work In Progress - you are here
Pam - Re-Maker
Michelada - Micheladas Musings
Kay - Kayz Kreationz  (Note: Kay had to go out of town. Do check back for her reveal!)