Friday, November 30, 2012

The Challenge of Color

Today is the Reveal of Erin and Brandi's Challenge of  Color Blog Hop.  This is my first time participating in this Challenge of  Color and I was inspired to join in by the beautiful photos I saw of The Earth as Art Project that they used as the structure of this event.  Each of us was given two photos to use or  choose from.  Brandi made the palettes for all of them.  What a visual treat these images are.  All of them a magnificent array of colors.I chose to use both photos that I received.   Here is what Erin tells us about these pictures:  (She has a brilliant scientific explanation of how these colors relate to the actual earth being photographed here )

The Earth As Art image gallery is a group of over 120 pictures taken from the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites since 1972. These pictures of the unique features of our beautiful planet are a vital resource for understanding scientific issues related to land use and natural resources. Plus they are just so darned cool! 

All the images that we will be using in this Challenge of Color and all the information that I found came from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which donated all these images to the Library of Congress.

The images in these galleries are spectacular. The views of mountains, valleys, islands and forests as well as agricultural patterns and even heavily populated areas are quite striking in their abstraction. The colors are much different than what you might expect. The satellite land imagery uses a digital palette that relates to the different levels on the infrared spectrum and help to give insight into the specific geography of the image.  

The Colima Volcano is my all time favorite. This volcano is located in Mexico and is quite active.  In this earth photo I love the juxtaposition of the ice blue with the cranberry.  I was able to find some wonderful matte turquoise seed beads from Whimbeads and I had the cranberry beads on hand already.  They are from Charlene's beads. I also used a dark blue mix from Whimbeads for that slate blue color from the palette Brandi made.  

I decided to make a triple wrap bracelet in peyote stitch.  This photo shows the whole bracelet wrapped up and sitting on the photo of the Colima Volcano to show how it captures the colors.  I think the bracelet also reflects the Southwestern   influence of my childhood.  And more especially my love of Mexico, a country I visited as a teenager and later as an adult.  It made an enduring impression.

This photo give a better view of how the bracelet is worm.  Here the colors are a bit bleached out.
This photo of  a close up of the button I made for this bracelet from one of my ceramic beads is the closest to the actual colors of the bracelet.  This bracelet is so long that it can also be worn as a necklace. 

The second photo I was given to use for inspiration was of the Atlas Mountains.  The Atlas Mountains is a mountain range across a north-western stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through MoroccoAlgeria, and Tunisia. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. (info from Wikipedia).

I made a set of heart charms based on the color palette I received for the  Atlas Mountains. I used a different technique than usual to reflect the arid and rugged environment of these mountains.  I painted the colors of the palette on a group of heart charms that had been stained.  I did not do a final glaze coat which is how I achieved this very clay like, arid look.  I think they came out better than I even expected they could.

Heart charms reflecting the Atlas Mountains palette

I used a decorative chain from Miss Ficklemedia for the base of a bracelet for these charms.

Bracelet with Atlas Mountain Heart Charms

Closeup of the bracelet links and some of the heart charms

I have totally enjoyed this Challenge of Color.  I have lived with these photos for many days now and they have enriched my sense of color.  I am so grateful to Erin and Brandi for making all of this possible. 
And to you my readers, thank you for taking the time to look.  I hope all these colors have enriched  and inspired you as well.

Below is a list of all the participants in this blog hop.  I hope you will give them a visit.  I am sure you will be awed by what they have created. 

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Last Day Cyber Sale New Listings

Handmade ceramic toggle clasp by Mary Harding

This is the very last day of my Cyber Sale.  You can get 25% off all the pieces in my Etsy shop by using the coupon code Cyber25 at checkout.  I have added all of these pieces this morning.  

Pine Needle Toggle Clasp Wrist Wrap Style in my Etsy Shop

Rust red and Lime Green Toggle Clasp in my Etsy shop

Fir Tree Charms in Sets of 2  --5 sets available  Etsy shop

Thanks so much for all your support and interest in my work.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday

Today begins the Love My Art Jewelry  and Friends Cyber Monday Sale.   Beads of Clay (see the links below)  is also linking to this sale.  So please check it out.  I will continue to offer my 25% discount.  Use Cyber25 at checkout for the discount.

I am participating in the Beads of Clay black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale, I am offering a 25% discount on any piece in my Etsy Store during this time period.  Just use coupon code Cyber25 at checkout and Etsy automatically calculates your total including the discount.

Here are some new additions to my shop this morning.  Watch for more being added throughout today.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Sale

I am participating in the Beads of Clay black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale, I am offering a 25% discount on any piece in my Etsy Store during this time period.  Just use coupon code Cyber25 at checkout and Etsy automatically calculates your total including the discount.

Here are some new additions to my shop this morning.  Watch for more being added throughout today.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

                                HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Flower blooming on window sill today!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  I am so grateful for my blog readers, my newsletter readers, my family, my friends, my country, this world  and my need to create. I am hopeful that all of you have much to be thankful for and that this day is filled with your loved ones and with what you love to do.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Prong Setting Challenge The Reveal

Today is the reveal for the Prong Setting Challenge hosted by Artisan Whimsy's Metal Team.  At the  heart of this challenge is a wonderful tutorial by Staci Smith on how to make a prong setting for a cabochon.  (here is the link for her tutorial)  This is actually my first attempt at such a project and I found Staci's directions very doable, even when I didn't have all the items needed.  The thrill for me in all this was that I was able to solder these prongs in place.  I had never done something like that before.

After I made the piece I chose not to put it in pickle because I just love the reds and blacks that the torch left on the copper.  They went so well with my ceramic pendant.  I used a pendant because I didn't have a cab readily available.  And actually the pendant I used was one I thought hadn't turned out well.   But here on the copper with those prongs, it got a whole new life.  I used screw rivets to attach it to a burgundy leather cuff bracelet blank that I had on hand.  Luckily for me these two burgundies go perfectly together.  The background is a piece of wood from our 1850's barn.  
Thanks so much Metal Team and Staci for this inspiring and wonderful learning experience.
I hope you will check out the other participants in this blog hop.   The list follows:

view showing the leather cuff 

Blog Hop Participants

The Beading Yogini,
Carolyn Dewison, Blue Berri Beads,
Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,
Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments,
Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements,
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy,
Laura Medeiros.
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things,
Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry,
Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs,
Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals,
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame,
Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery,
Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs,
Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs,

Thursday, November 08, 2012

St. Lawrence County Artists' Studio Tour

I have been crazy busy preparing for our Arts Council's 25th Annual Artists' Studio Tour that is happening this long Veteran's Day weekend.    Here is a little Sneak Peak video I made this morning with a few of the necklaces I will have on display and for sale.  Also a look at my free make and take earrings project.   Hope to see you this weekend. Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10AM to 4PM each day.

Raku Bead Video Part III