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Friday, 30 November 2012

Challenge of Colour Blog Hop Reveal :)

Welcome to the Challenge of Colour* Blog Hop! 

*Edit, now with new and improved photo!*



So today is the big day!  I had planned to write a proper post a bit later after work - I didn't finish my piece until late last night so I haven't had a chance to write up properly!  But looking through the list quite a few peeps have their pieces up already, so I'm going to do I half post just so anyone who pops through won't think I'm a git :) 

I'm a little nervous about this - I have never done anything like it before!

As you may know we challenge participants are given two colour palettes to chose from, which were put together by the lovely Brandi of BrandiGirlBlog, using satellite photos of our little planet from Earth As Art.  Of the two I was given I chose to use the image on the Demini River, it is my absolute favourite colour combination ever!  Purple and lime green, om nom!  I know perhaps I should have gone for the more challenging palette, but as doing a hop like this is completely new to me, I thought I had best play it safe for now.

The Demini River is a tributary of the mighty Amazon in Brazil.
I was very lucky to have brought the perfect bracelet bar from Bo Hulley Beads just before I got the palettes through, must be fate!  I teamed it with amethyst, iolite, peridot and burgundy swaros to pick up the colours in the palette, add some pretty copper bead caps, a couple of dangles and tada!


Bo Hulley's focal was such a joy to work with, it is the first hand made component I ever brought :)
 
Another view, I'm really happy with how the dangles turned out - was much hmm-ing and ha-ing over those.
 I'm so ridiculously proud of my creation, I've never tried to complete a design like this, and it gave me a few headaches along the way!  A bit of a learning curve but definitely worth it :)  I have been pretty nervous about today, I know some of the artisans joining in make some astounding jewellery.

Now please do visit the other participating blogs, I'm sure there are some absolute stunners waiting to be gawked at.  Hop away, and as Erin would say, Enjoy the Day!

Kris Auderer   
Iveth Caruso   
Lisa Cone   
Cece Cormier   
Kim Dworak   
Beth Emery   
Pam Farren   
Cherrie Fick   
(You are here, so strange to see my name on this list :)   
Mary Harding   
Kim Hora   
Sue Kennedy   
Ema Kilroy   
Lee Koopman   
Linda Landig   
Beth McCord   
Aimee Moisa   
Karla Morgan   
Kayla Potega   
Debbie Price   
Caron Reid   
Andrea Ross   
Annie Scherz   
Pam Sears   
Sandra Stein   
(Has hurt her wrist so cannot participate - hope you are better soon Tracy!)
Sherri Stokey   
Jo Tinley   
Emma Todd   
Pam Traub   
Lesley Watt   
Lynn White   
Joan Williams     

*I'm a Brit, hence the excess vowel!

46 comments:

  1. you did a wonderful job! beautiful piece!

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    1. Thanks, your sweet comment is much appreciated :)

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  2. Lovely design. You really did that palette justice.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad I did it justice, Brandi has an amazing eye for colour!

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  3. That is gorgeous! I love purple and green together. The focal is just perfect and I love, love, love those dangles. You did a wonderful job!

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    1. Thanks Tanya, purple and green is a theme that often appears in my work, love it. Glad you like the dangles, they gave me quite a headache!

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  4. Love the purple and lime! You've created a beautiful, feminine piece that really does justice to the inspiration image.

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    1. Thank you :) Wish i was handed inspiration on a plate like this everyday!

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  5. Great bracelet! That color pallette was perfect for your focal, wasn't it? I love the way we go outside our comfort zones for these challenges. You certainly found yourself at home in your new zone! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes it was perfect timing re Bo's awesome focal. And I am very glad to have found a new groove to work in :)

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  6. 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!

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    1. Thanks Lyssa, the palettes were astounding, I've spotted quite a few more that I think will have to be revisited :)

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  7. Such a pretty focal, and lovely dangles. Great work.
    I had the Demini River palette as well, but I think it gave me more pause at first. You are right that the perfect art bead just helps so much to get a challenge started. Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea, yes art beads really do help designs evolve around them. Haven't really used them before, I can forsee them becoming an addiction!

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    2. Yes, bead addiction is real. Have fun with it.

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  8. It's ok to be ridiculously proud, when it's really ridiculously pretty. Really pretty!! Great job! (or should I say Ridiculous job?)

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    1. Hahaha, yeah ridiculous job! There was a ridiculous amount of snipping and re-doing and banging-head-on-a-walling! Glad you really like it :)

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  9. Ohh, if you've never worked with art beads before, prepare yourself for a new addiction! Would it be inappropriate to your budget if I suggest starting with lampwork boros? They are my absolute favorite kind of art bead. :)

    What I love about your piece is how you made it your own - I can definitely see the connection to the palette, but I love the dangles and charms! Well done, and thanks for playing along!

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    1. Hi Brandi, thanks so much for providing the spectacular palettes. Wouldn't have made this without your help!

      Yes boro beads are spectacular, perhaps a little outside my budget, but hey Christmas is coming up and I've been dropping some heavt hints... Besides that, a girls gotta treat herself sometimes, right? ;)

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  10. Art beads are as addictive as beautiful! The focal was just perfect for your palette!
    Ambra

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  11. Very nice. I like the colors and the style of the bracelet (headaches notwithstanding). And, watch out, you'll be trolling Etsy for more art beads like the rest of us! (hehe)

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  12. Great job. You used your color palette well. The bracelet looks well balanced. Wasn't this challenge super fun?

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  13. Beautiful bracelet - love your palette and your choice of beads! Your design is so pretty and the focal piece is FANTASTIC - great job! JLynn

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  14. A very pretty piece, nicely done!

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  15. This is one of my very favorites - love it!

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  16. Your palette is gorgeous - love your design!

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  17. Congrats! This blog hopping is addictive - so get used to it! I was nervous the first time, too! BUT, you have absolutely no reason to be nervous - that bracelet is DROP.DEAD.GORGEOUS!!! I totally love it! You did a wonderful job!

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  18. Jess, you did an awesome job! I love the color palette and your bead selection just nailed it! Hope even with the headaches along the way you had fun!

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  19. Your bracelet is gorgeous. Love the colors you chose from the palette and all those wonderful wire wrapped flower beads. Awesome!!

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  20. You definitely didn't have to worry one bit! Your bracelet is pretty incredible :) I really enjoy that handmade focal piece and the little dangles!

    I remember when I did my first hop not too long ago and I was pretty nervous, too! Okay, I was downright scared. LOL

    Now that you have the experience though, hopefully you'll be joining in on more hops in the future :)

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  21. Ha ha I concur with the excess vowel as I'm a Brit too. I love the bracelet you have created, really, really sweet!

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  22. What a wonderful bracelet, you could be proud of yourself because you did a great job. I love!!! Wonderful palette colour.

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  23. You have created a beautiful bracelet you will be proud to wear or give as a gift (or sell, if you do that also!) I agree with commentors who mention the potential for addiction vis-à-vis art beads; but fear not, it can be dealt with in a reasoned manner without having to re-mortgage your home, Jess. So much variety of materièl and price, there is something for every taste and budget, and of course being able to buy from artisans in your own community or country doubles the pleasure. Welcome to the wonderful world of handmade!

    I would love to follow your blog, Jess. Are you planning on adding a "Google Friend Connect" gadget on your blog page in future?

    I chuckled over your "excess vowel" comment: as a Canadian, I utilise/utilize some American spellings, but primarily British ones. As a native speaker of French, I am often stopped in my tracks by the similarities to that language as well LOL.

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  24. Congratulations Miss Jess! You did it! I am very proud of you for not only jumping into a brand new experience but completing this lovely bracelet! What a trophy that must be! I think that it is serendipity that you had the lovely Miss Bo's pretty connector. I have a sneaking suspicion that this will not be your last handmade component! The colors you selected really work well with the palette. Now that you have one Challenge/Blog hop under your talented belt, I hope you will consider joining me again (and other challenges as well, like the Art Bead Scene!) and maybe next time putting a little extra challenge to it! ;-) I am not surprised to see your name in this list! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  25. You did a truly magnificent job on this bracelet!!! Love that focal you used and the dangles are awesome! Way to go with the color palette!

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  26. What a beautiful bracelet! I love everything about it...you were true to your color palette, and you successfully completed something entirely new to you! I'm definitely following your blog, for future inspiration!

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  27. Beautiful piece, lovely job, fantastic color scheme. Bravo!

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  28. What a lovely bracelet! You should be very pleased and proud of yourself. And the artisan bead is so pretty -- I'll have to look for Bo Hulley's work now. Glad you jumped into the hop to play along!

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  29. What a wonderful bracelet and post you created here. Congrats on taking the jump and sharing your talents! What I love about artisan beads is you take just one, like this perfect bracelet bar and pair it with all sorts of delicious beads as you have done and no one else is likely to come up with that same mix of elements. Your artistry combined with Bo's, just beautiful

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  30. The bracelet bar was perfect for this project. The dangles and floral bead caps add that perfect touch of whimsy. It's a beautiful bracelet!

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  31. Wow! Well done! I admire your patience to wrap all the little bicones - I usually shy away from them. Kudos!!! I love the bracelet!

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  32. What a great bracelet. The focal is so pretty and I love your little dangles on it. Very nice interpretation of your palette. You should be proud.

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  33. Beautiful bracelet, love the palette!

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  34. I'm slowly getting around to all the blogs. Your bracelet is beautiful! I love that fabulous focal, and the other beads you used really add great color and movement. Nice job!

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  35. I've only just come across this, totally by accident, wow! I really love the bracelet and colour combination, I must do some more connectors in that colour!
    Bo
    x

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