Friday, November 30, 2012

3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop

The wonderful Miss Erin of Treasures Found, is having her 3rd Annual Challenge of Color blog hop.  This is the second color challenge mom and I have participated in by Erin and we both love it. Erin always has the most unique and fun challenges.  Of course when I signed mom and myself up for the challenge I didn't know about her upcoming shots and surgery, so we had to work around that (I needed my sawer for the pendants you know!).

How the challenge works - Erin sent us two color palettes to chose from. These amazing palettes were created by Brandi Hussey. The pictures are from the Earth As Art exhibit from the United States Geological Service taken from the Landsat 7 satellite. We have to make something...a piece of jewelry, or an accessory...anything that captures the colors from one of the palettes, or we could use both of them.

These are the color palettes mom and I received.  The night before mom's shot we talked over what we were going to saw out and the color palette we were going to use - No Man's Land.  I even sent an email to Erin to let her know.  Of course on the drive back to my house I had a totally different brain storm and the design totally changed.

The next week I sent some design ideas to mom (this is the week of her foot surgery) to see what she thought.  Mom drew up some patterns and we thought we had come up with a pattern I could saw out because we ran out of time before mom's surgery for her to saw out.  You will love this, two days after mom's surgery, she tweaked the pattern again because the holes were too small (which I thank mom because trying to saw those out and enamel them would have had me swearing a blue streak).

Here is the final piece - and in my opinion - I think we ended up using colors from both color palettes but mom and I disagree on it :)  Let us know what you think.

Mom and I are calling this piece "Winging It".

The pendant is a bird flying over a sunset on water.  The pattern was glued onto 20 gauge copper which is then sawed out, filed, sanded and then enameled in the kiln.

We also made the clasp to go with the necklace.

The beads are from Michaels - dyed imperial jasper 8mm, banded red agate 8mm round dyed, and silver plated med ring beads with seed beads as accents.

"Winging It"
Mom and I want to thank Erin for the wonderful opportunity to participate in her challenges.  They always push us outside our comfort zone and try new colors or new techniques.

Here is a list of the rest of the participants (if the links don't work please go to Erin's blog and check the hoppers out:

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. Love, love, love it! Your (plural) work is always amazing, such talent you two! The multiple strands are wonderful and you pulled the colors through wonderfully - home run.

  2. Love how you interpreted the No Man's Land photo into that fantastic pendant. The dyed jasper looks like it could have been lifted out of the photo. (I am going to have to come and shop at your Michael's!) I see the piece as a blend of both color palettes.

  3. What a stunning piece! I love the boldness in the piece and the colors are stunning. I really like the open rings and how that brings out the work in the enamel focal ... really nicely done!

  4. OMG! Your interpretation of your inspiration is stunning! The focal is just amazing, and the bead choices are gorgeous! Such a lovely piece! hope your Mom is doing well!

  5. You two have the best tag team going on here. Love this necklace.

  6. WOW! That focal is amazing, a real stunner.

  7. Uhm, not to start up a modern day version of the Hatfield & McCoys, but I think you did end up with both pallet colors. Which works fine, in my humble opinion. The piece is beautiful!

  8. I think your colors lean most toward the second pallette though there are similar colors in the first. You did a fantastic job in spite of all your setbacks with your mom's foot. Hope she is feeling better.

  9. Hope your mom is doing better - and super job on your designs! Love the focal and your choice of beads for stringing :) JLynn

  10. I am always in awe of yours and your mother's work. That focal is amazing and I love the toggle as well. The design is lovely and I can see the colors from both palettes. I hope your mom is doing well after her surgery.

  11. I love the focal, it really stands out. But the whole piece could be for either pallet.

  12. The intricate sawing work and the enameling - what a focal, wow!

  13. Spectacular focal!! You did use both palettes. Great piece. You and your Mom make a great team.Hope Mom is doing well with you foot.

  14. I like that you incorporated both palettes into one piece!

  15. Yep, I see both palettes in your necklace, and I DIG IT! I love the way it looks together and flows together, like it should have always been that way. What an awesome melding of designs and colors - thanks to you and your mom for participating!

  16. WOnderful team you two make! Love the pendant. Hope your mom is feeling better!

  17. Wow - this is amazing! Love the whole design!

  18. LOVE your work! Your piece is just stunning. I hope Mom is healing well.

  19. Gorgeous I love it!!
    I'm beginning a journey into enamelling with my College work, I'm loving it

  20. This is the most unique interpretation, Beth, and it is just amazing. Hope Mom is feeling better in time for the Holidays!

  21. What a great collaboration. Love the design and colors use. Hop mom has recovered nicely form surgery.

  22. So creative. Just beautiful as always!

  23. Fantastic collaborative effort -- you ladies are amazing! Wow!

  24. Oh, wow - this is the first time I landed on your site, but it won't be the last time for sure. Your work is so creative, and the teamwork is excellent! Fantastic piece!

  25. Gosh, what a team! I love your creations, and love the vibrant colors of your chosen palette. Just lovely!

  26. Wow! With all that you both had going on, I am just amazed at what you were able to pull together! I hope that Evie is on the mend! I do see both palettes represented, but more of the second. They way you work in tandem is always amazing to me. Thank you so much for playing along with me and sharing your talents with the world! Enjoy the day. Erin

  27. Squee! I always love seeing what you two come up with, and you never disappoint, even with health being tricky. Hope you are feeling better each day. I kinda love that this birdy has a birds-eye view just like the satelite that took the image, very full circle

  28. What a wonderful piece. Glad you could get it done in spite of your mom's surgery. Very nice.

  29. Hi Beth & Mom.... I love that you were able to morph your design throughout the process and even with mom on painkillers... sometimes those are the best creative visions! ;)

    Your necklace turned out beautifully. The colors are gorgeous, I see more of the first color palette to be honest with you. Regardless, it's a show stopper! Great design!

  30. Hi Beth,
    I love what you and your Mom created. I agree with you, that y'all used both palettes in your piece. It is beautiful!

  31. So there really is a 'No Man's Land'. Interesting. What a fabulous piece you made. It really suits both palettes.

    I just love seeing your creations. The designs and colors are just amazing. And most of all I think it's great that you get to work with your mom.


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