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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Copy Me Results

I was thrilled to find out that I was one of the chosen ones to participate in the Copy Me challenge over at Gaea's blog Gaea Ceramic Bead and Art Studio Blog.
I was sent 3 of her amazing mermaid beads and a photo of this bracelet to be inspired by:
 I used this as an opportunity to challenge myself and to try a few new techniques.
I knew I wanted to create my own focal and that I wanted to create my own clasp.
I wanted to showcase the beads font and center too. I went back and forth between bracelet designs and necklace designs but in the end I made a necklace. -I love necklaces-

I made the etched copper chandelier focal and stamped the word shine on it. It will serve as a reminder to shine in any situation because I a shiny, sparkly person who deserves wonderful people around me.

Then I soldered copper jump rings that I made to resemble the ones in the inspiration bracelet. I made the clasp, a hook echoing Gaea's clasp, I wire wrapping it for a different look.
Then I made "dog" bones from copper wire that I heated with a torch and placed them in between the mermaid beads .
I finished up with faceted rainbow moonstone rondelles, they have flashes of blue, purple and pink in the light that I though complimented the beads really well without overpowering them.
I had a ton of fun with this challenge and was super excited that my name was picked to participate. Thanks so much for looking and I hope you like it.
Here are the other winners so you can check out their results:
 Michelle
Erin
For My Sweet Daughter-that's me!
SueBeads
Spirited Earth
Lorelei Eurto
A big thank you to Gaea for sending me these beads, they are beautiful!

16 comments:

Pretty Things said...

Absolutely STUNNING!

Courtney said...

I love it. Love your "dog bones"! Clearly I need to get a torch. Thanks for sharing.

Erin said...

This is great! I love what you did!

lorelei said...

beautiful job! I like the etched pendant, paired with the stones and mermaid beads. Great handmade chain too!

Holly said...

Oh, this is beautiful! I love the moonstone rondelles - they're one of my favorite stones! Very cool necklace.

SummersStudio said...

I love how you picked up the theme of the three Gaea beads and then put in the copper links on the other side. Nice clasp!

Michelle said...

Nice job. Love the focal.
Bead Happy!
Michelle

Gaea said...

LOVE IT! Rainbow moonstone! Delish!!!!

My Life Under the Bus said...

What a sweet happy necklace ! Great job !

Imaginative Jewelry said...

Very nice piece! Aren't the 3 ceramic beads just gorgeous together? They inspired me as well.

Malin de Koning said...

It is beautiful!
I love the soldered links with the "lumps" on them.
And the clasp, and the pendant and ...

Spirited Earth said...

this is a lovely piece,your dog bones adds something special to separate the beads..
love the etched focal

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Thanks for all the kind words. I really needed them today as this necklace was the first of many techniques I have shared with "the world". I really appreciate it!
Shannon

TesoriTrovati said...

Great metal work! I am smitten with the way those rings have that little tab dohicky on them (technical metalworking term, I am sure). Thank you for sharing your inspiration!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Heather Powers said...

This is brilliant! (Get it, oh bad pun Heather, bad pun) I love the metal rings too, great texture.

maryharding said...

Totally gorgeous from chain, to etched pendant, to color combos and flow. Love it.