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Friday, December 3, 2010

Inspired by...The Challenge of Color

I was very excited to be a part of Inspired by....The Challenge of Color  -  thought up by the fabulously talented Erin Prais-Hintz.  Visit the original post here.



Inspired by...The Challenge of Color
 
Here's how it worked: All those that wanted to participate were sent a paint palette in the mail from Erin (whew, a ton of work that must have been) we then had a few weeks to come up with a design using some or all of the colors from our given palette. 
We could ask for a specific color palette or leave it up to surprise. I e-mailed that I liked pinks, greens and purples never expecting to get a palette with them all included. I had a great time with this challenge and a challenge it was! I have a very neutral palette normally so adding pink, green and purple all in one piece was different for me.

I made the bracelet the night I got the paint chip, I am not normally this prepared but when I looked at the palette I got and looked at the tiny heart from Mary Harding Jewelry I knew exactly what I wanted to make.
I named my bracelet "Aloe Essence" which is after the green color in my palette. I was most inspired by the green in Mary's heart so that is why I chose this as the name.
I handmade the clasp then wire wrapped a pink opal, a purple dyed jade, a ceramic bead from Gaea and 3 aqua terra jasper beads flanked on either side by Vintaj bead caps. What do you think? I really like this bracelet, it's super cute, simple and comfy all the things I like about jewelry.

Then the days passed and I started thinking about Erin doing several different palettes and I felt I needed to do another piece, it didn't need to match the bracelet but I wanted it to also use all the colors in my paint chip.

So I created this necklace (which I also posted on Jewelry Accord's Flicker group I liked it so much). I used another ceramic bead from Gaea, another purple jade bead, a Swarovski Crystal round,  a green adventurine round and Vintaj clasp, chain and flower.
The pendant and silk are from Marsha Neal Studio

I wore this necklace to church last week and I love the simplicity of it and how comfortable it was. I also loved that when my 17 month old pulled on it she didn't break it!
I hope you have fun visiting all the other participants. 
Just click on their names to be taken to their blogs. 

Thank You for stopping by ~Shannon

24 comments:

Imaginative Jewelry said...

You managed to maake two pieces! I admire that. I could barely make one. I love your bracelet and necklace, and I love that the necklace is child-proof.

Elisabeth said...

Love both the pieces!

steufel said...

Wow - the colors are spot on! And how great is it, that it is child-proof:-)

JeannieK said...

Comfortable jewelry is important. "Child-proof" You heard it here first folks.
Great job, love the ribbon.
Good Luck to you in the Jewelry Accord Flikr group.

Mary K. McGraw said...

Both lovely pieces and a great use of your color palette.

Courtney said...

Your pieces are wonderful! I love that bracelet though. :)

My Life Under the Bus said...

Great palette!The pieces turned out perfect! Happy Blog Hopping : )

stregata said...

Beautiful pieces!

TesoriTrovati said...

Hi Shannon! I love that you took pity on my self-imposed challenge and made another piece! I am so in love with anything that Mary Harding or Marsha Neal make, so you had me at hello. You did a wonderful job of incorporating your palette into something that is just so you! Thank you for playing with me, I hope you will consider hopping with me again some time!
Thanks for sharing your color with the world.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Kristen said...

Childproof is always good because I know I would cry if that beautiful necklace broke! Way to use your palette!

Lisa Godfrey said...

So pretty!

Silver Parrot said...

Very pretty!

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Love it Shannon! How awesome that the color pallet you received fit you to a "T" :) You did a great job combining the colors in both pieces! Keep those creative juices flowing!

Happy Holidays!
Dawn

Brandi said...

This is super sweet and lovely! I think you nailed the colors!

Rebecca said...

What a lovely selection! I like how you've used the ribbon here - it looks gorgeous.

rosebud101 said...

Very nice job! Your necklace is very calm and reassuring! I love it!

N Valentine Studio said...

Both pieces are stunning but the bracelet is my favorite! Gorgeous!

Pretty Things said...

I really like the wrapped blue bead in the bracelet -- I always think that makes things look so cool! Great work!

Nicki said...

i love this one. it is so soft and lady like. wonderful.

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Both of those pieces are gorgeous! I really liked the wire wrapping!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Well done on making two pieces... I love what you have created - such pretty pieces.

Karyn
Australia

lunedreams said...

I love both your pieces! I esp. like how you used those vintaj beadcaps with the aqua terra beads in the bracelet. I'm also inspired to get over my mixing-squares-and-circles neurosis--your rectangles and rounds look awesome together!

maryharding said...

Love the bracelet with my tiny heart in it. Imagine how surprised I was when I saw it. Lovely designs both the bracelet and necklace.

Holly said...

Shannon - I'm running around a bit late on this blog hop, but did want to say that I love both of your pieces! That bracelet is gorgeous, and that little focal heart is loverly. Isn't it the best that our kids are the greatest test of the worthiness of a piece? ;)