Friday, 30 November 2012

Challenge of Color - UPDATED!

I just couldn't resist joining in with ErinPrais-Hintz's Challenge of Color this year - I've been working hard to create new stock for the Handmade Winchester show this weekend, so I thought the challenge would be a great way of adding more colours to my designs. This year Erin has joined forces with Brandi Hussey who has worked her magic to create beautiful palettes based on amazing pictures from the Earth As Art exhibit from the United States Geological Service taken from the Landsat 7 satellite. You can read more about the pictures on Erin's blog

Erin sent each of us two palettes and asked us to design a piece of jewellery using one of the palettes - or both of them if we were tempted! We could use all of the colours in each palette, or just a few. I was definitely tempted to use both palettes! Well, I did need to create more stock for my stall this weekend!

I took the red and blues from the palette from Colima Volcano (which is in Mexico btw - more here!) in the form of a red lampwork heart bead by Laura Sparling, and turquoise ceramic spacer beads, added in one of my lovebird clasps and some wood saucer-shaped beads to make this sweet bracelet. There's a little heart charm hanging next to the clasp too.

This next design is a slight cheat! All the colours I needed are in a beautiful lampwork glass cabochon by Mindy Macgregor. I kept the setting simple as the cab has enough detail in it, and I've turn it into a flower with silver leaves. The chain is attached to one bail hidden behind the flower and another behind the leaf. Part of my obviously really hopes that this sells at my show this weekend - but there's another part of me that will find it very difficult to part with!

It's probably going to take me all weekend to visit all the blogs taking part because of the craft show, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has made, especially those who got the same palettes as me! Do make sure that you visit Erin's blog - she has a giveaway planned!

Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams


  1. I do love your work! The bracelet is so wonderful. I can't wait to see what you create with Mindy's cab. (love her beads)

    Hope next week is better.

  2. I too had the Colima volcano and I think we both loved it for that wonderful combo. I think your bracelet is stunning and so stylish. I am sure it is Lready sold.

  3. 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!

  4. What a sweet bracelet, Jo... that is an awesome palette to work from, isn't it? Can't wait to see your "Moogin" creation!

  5. This is just smashing! Your bird charm is so sweet and looks right a home in this lovely bracelet!

  6. That is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful piece!

  7. I just love the vibrant colors of that volcano! and you've captured them so perfectly in your color choices those red and blues look gorgeous against the black!

  8. Love the bracelet. The color palette of your bracelet is so sophisticated looking to me. I can't wait to see your 2nd creation!

  9. I loved working on this challenge all of the color palettes were very cool. I love your bracelet. XO Cheri

  10. Thank you so much everyone!
    Mary, the bracelet isn't sold yet - it gets it's first outing at my craft show this weekend!

  11. Love those palettes! And all I can say about both of your designs is Simply STUNNING. I especially loved your metal focal piece and component choices in your first design! SUPER Fantastic!!!

  12. I simply adore all of your work. You make metal work seem easy.

  13. Oh my...first, your love bird on the bracelet is simply gorgeous. GORGEOUS! But the setting you made for the lampwork is spectacular! Your designs are always so beautiful!

  14. You do have a way with metal that is so wonderful. In these two pieces you did match the colour palettes so well. Nothing wrong in using a lampwork bead to represent the colours; I let some lampwork beads get me started on my palettes. Beautiful pieces you have presented. Andrea

  15. Both palettes and both pieces are gorgeous! I love what you did :)

  16. Your designs are always beautiful. The setting of the lampwork pendant and the clasp you made are really perfect!


  17. Oooh - love both pieces but the first one is an all time favorite, love the incorporation of the bird - wonderfully done Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

  18. Beautiful!! I'm also quite smitten with the silversmithed bird! I bet it's a winner at your stall!

  19. Those are both fabulous. I love your bracelet .. your bird clasp is perfect and all of those beads work so well together. The second is NOT cheating. That focal is perfect and your metal work is divine!

  20. I have discoverd you throught Lorelei's blog and I love what you do I have already ordered a clasp and will certainly order soon more !

  21. Both of your creations are very artistic. You did very well with your color palettes. Good luck with your sale this weekend.

  22. I'm totally floored right now! I LOVE the way both of your pieces turned out, but I think the little bird clasp tips your bracelet as my favorite. Super cute, super unique.

    Thank you for playing along - I hope your show does well!

  23. Gorgeous work!! Using the love bird clasp as the focal with those beautiful wood beads is such a strong design and that pendant, the way you bezel set the cabochon from Moogin Beads is perfect! Good luck with your show!

  24. Your metal works is gorgeous and that cabochon is to die for.

  25. Oh wow, I swear, I keep saying that each time I see another palette. Oh wow. And man, that cab really was perfect and you've set it so beautifully it just glows. I can totally relate to that feeling of should it go or stay, sometimes they are our little babies going off into the world.

  26. Fantastic responses to the challenges! Gorgeous pieces and great use of different materials.

  27. These pieces are amazing! You do lovely metal work...going to run off to your shop to purchase one of those lovely bird clasps.

  28. Oh! OH! Miss Jo! I just love that wee love bird clasp. Your designs are so very distinctive and I love each one more than the last! The colors are a perfect embodiment of the Colima Volcano. Very vibrant! But this second one...oh goodness! I love the way this cab looks like a flower. The glass is outstanding, but your treatment of it is what makes it sing! Thank you so much for taking the time to join me in this Challenge! Enjoy the day. Erin

  29. Both pieces are amazingly have an elegant simplicity of style that is like a signature! So happy I'm following your blog...I can definitely use the inspiration!

  30. They're both great pieces, but I really love the bracelet for the Volcano piece. Evokes the picture/texture and the colors are fantastic, really match the palette.

  31. That second piece was so worth a return visit, Jo! I congratulate you for allowing the Moogin to lead, and the remaining elements of the design be supporting players. Totally elegant... in your place I would have conveniently "forgotten" it at home during craft show time, but I know you have to let them go!


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