Friday, November 30, 2012

Color Challenge Blog Hop



Don’t you just love Erin Prais-Hintz’s Color Challenge Blog Hop ?  This challenge was a REAL challenge for me.  Not a challenge in the sense of difficulty, but the time crunch got to me.    I have been thinking about the beautiful color scheme Erin sent me from the US Geological Survey Earth as Art representing the Lake District of England.  I have been to the Lake District and have very fond memories and inspirations from my time there.

 

 However, here’s what I pulled together to begin work on the challenge:

 Left to right, agate green seed bead mix, lamp-work glass beads “turquoise” cross (so close!), crystals, dichroic glass, and braided sari silk among other bits and bobs.

As I was working on the necklace, though, I stumbled on a little project I had been working on a couple of weeks ago using vintage women’s watches.  The light bulb went off over my head!  Here’s what I designed.  It’s called Reliquary for a Fabri-holic.


The watch cases contain tiny scraps of the beautiful sari silk in colors of the Lake District image.  It reminds me of a medieval crystal reliquary I saw several years ago that contained threads from the Virgin’s Tunic.  The necklace of twisted brass links hangs about 30 inches and looks very antique.  

So, did I capture the scheme? (It was difficult to photograph)  Here’s a detail.


Thanks to Erin for hosting the hop.  Now, go on over to Erin's blog and check out the other hoppers. 

P.S.  I'm having a holiday sale in my Etsy Shop with the coupon code hohoho10percentOFF at checkout.

29 comments:

Courtney said...

Wow! What a great piece. I am a huge fan of dichroic glass! I think you matched the colors wonderfully!

Patti Van said...

Wow-you have perfectly captured the colors of your palette in this piece! Beautiful!

You can call me Lyssa... said...

Weren't the Challenge of Color palettes just beautiful? I was so happy with the ones I got. You made such a gorgeous piece with yours! You did a fantastic job on this challenge!

Stregajewellry said...

What a very interesting piece! I really really like it!

A Half-Baked Notion said...

I love the aspect of reusing watches, Emanda, and this design is lovely and original!

Cynthia said...

Very cool! I strive to incorporate vintage finds into my jewelry designs! You nailed it!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Wow, love the design you came up with, great job!
Deb x

Brandi Hussey said...

As I hop around, I keep finding lots of people talking about random coincidences for their pieces - I love kismet!

And I love those little cases - those scraps are a PERFECT match to your palette! Thanks so much for playing along!

Tanya said...

That is simply amazing. I love how you used the watch faces in such a great way and I adore that fabric. I would say you have a winner for sure!

The Crazier Sister said...

What an interesting idea for repurposing those old watches. I like it! It's always hard to get close to small objects without blurring the focus, but I can see well enough to tell you yes, you caught the theme quite well. Nice job.

Maplegirl said...

Love the samples of sari silk in the watch cases. So inventive. Andrea

JLYNNJEWELS said...

Beautiful design and focal - love the palette and your use of color in your design - super job! JLynn

strandedinthecity said...

I adore the watch cases - great idea!

Caron Michelle said...

This is such a cool design - love it! Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

Karla Hartzog said...

Wow, Emanda! Now wonder you are proud of that piece!!! I do a little crazy quilting and I LOVE the marriage of vintage watch cases and sari cloth! Fantastic!!!

TesoriTrovati said...

Heck, yeah! I think you did a great job on this! I really thought that those were lampwork glass with bead caps. I am loving how you used the watch casings. That is very cool. And what a coincidence that you have actually been to that part of the world! Thank you for joining me on this color-filled journey! Enjoy the day. Erin

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

I think you captured the colors perfectly and I loved that you are recycling pieces into your jewelry! Awesome piece!

I LOVE color! said...

OH WOW I am adoring your piece. You my dear are so creative. I love it when random thoughts of creativity work out so well. Be blessed to be a blessing

Donetta said...

So, so pretty! I love your necklace!

maryharding said...

I have always wanted to visit the lake district because Wordsworth is such a favorite poet of mine. Your necklace is a wonderful intro to this spot of beauty and so beautifully made.

Renetha said...

The focal is very unique, and by adding fabric in your design this way has given me a few ideas and inspiration.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

No WONDER I completely adore that necklace of yours! It has vintage components (I'm such a sucker for the vintage) ^.^

I love how you thought outside of the box to create your gorgeous necklace! It definitely paid off, too :)

Michelle Tucker said...

Great piece. I love the way you were able to incorporate the watch cases and fabric. The chain is lovely.

Spirited Earth said...

so nice to see you in this challenge..your piece is lovely

maxandlucie said...

Love the palette and the way you incorporated the vintage watch parts into it! I want to see a closeup of them!

A Polymer Penchant said...

How cool is that?! very creative repurposing, I think it turned out just beautifully

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love how you recycled the vintage women's watches. Of course I like anything with fiber in it. Great job.

KayzKreationz said...

A really pretty necklace. And what a great idea to put sari silk ribbon inside the watch cases for that pop of color. Nice.

Alice said...

What a fabulous piece, so unique and colorful. The colors match the inspiration so well.