I participated in several design challenges this summer. Each challenge had a different set of rules, different items to use, and challenged me in a different way. This was by far one of the hardest challenges for me because it was not items I normally use in my jewelry design. BUT...this was also the challenge where I felt the biggest sense of accomplishment when I was finished. Thanks Sandra for including me in your challenge :)
There were four bags of goodies (represented by the four pictures above) and we had to use at least one item from each group. I took them out of their bags frequently to look at them and study them, but I kept coming up blank when it came to using them. My friend Kim and I get together periodically to work on our respective bead projects, so I took my goodies to her house hoping inspiration would hit. It must have been my lucky day :) Inspired by the gorgeous view out her front window, my piece started to take shape.
I knew that I wanted to use the wood/nut shell fragments as charms, so I added some gorgeous brown crystals and a richly colored burnt yellow glass bead. I used a gold ring (formerly part of a belt) as the base and added the charms with gold wire. I also really wanted to use a feather as a "charm" and after several attempts, I had a nice wire wrapped feather charm that went nicely with the other charms.
It took me several tries, but I finally worked the brown button into the design in a way I felt complimented the overall design. I used a gold wire wrap to center it inside the gold ring. I finished my necklace with a simple gold chain.
But I still needed to find a way to incorporate the string (or at least a part of the string into my necklace). I love necklaces and bracelets that have a small dangle on the clasp, so I disassembled the brown rope until I had a small brown string. I tied two beads to the dangle (matching the ones used in the charms) and added it to the clasp.
I am thrilled with how it turned out and very thankful to Kim for allowing me to use her window for inspiration.
__To check out the others who participated in this challenge, click on the link(s) below.
Sandra of Skye's Creative Chaos - http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca/
Marge Beebe of RockCreekCreations - http://www.rockcreekcreations.blogspot.com/
Kristi J of CuriositiesbyK - http://curiositiesbyk.blogspot.com/
Tammie Everly of TTE Designs - http://ttedesigns.blogspot.ca/
Sarah Goode of Pookledo - http://pookledo.blogspot.co.uk/
Sherri Stokey of KnotJustMacrame - http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/
Paula Hisel of SimplyBeadiful - http://www.simplybeadiful.weebly.com/
Shawn Mills of Bent Wire Boutique - http://shawnmariedesignsatbentwire.blogspot.ca/