Sunday, October 26, 2014

Octoberfest Challenge

Today is the Octoberfest Challenge at http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/ . The minute I saw this challenge I thought of the copper leaves on a wall sculpture from my friend Ceil and I knew that I would use one of them. However the rest of the necklace turned out nothing like how I pictured it in my head at the start. I associate fall with nature so I decided to use mostly natural elements in my design. After I clipped the leaf from the sculpture I knew it needed copper accents so I made a copper coil with a brown pearl dangle to complete the focal. I hung it from a short copper chain and used a glass tube bead for the bail. The other dangles are two brown pearls and four double 4mm brown Swarovski bicones. My friend Cindy gave me the brownAB faceted glass coins and I thought they would draw the eye to the focal so I strung them front and center. Then I placed four bone discs. The next set of four beads are some kind of seeds that my friend Ruby brought me back from her trip to Hawaii. Following that is another set of the bone discs. Then comes four wood slices from my friend Lori and more bone discs. Following that is a set of four faceted round picture jasper beads and the last set of bone discs. I made the clasp from 16 gague copper wire. Since this necklace has components from so several of my friends it has special meaning to me. I associate copper with fall for it's rich color so this necklace is a perfect example of fall to me. I hope that you like my design. Please click on the link above to see what the other participants made for this challenge. Thank you Rita for hosting  this challenge I really enjoyed making this necklace.

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  1. Pretty necklace. I think you captures fall perfectly

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    1. Thanx Janine, I am glad that you think i did it well. This necklace feels like fall to me.

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  2. HA! You stole a leaf from your wall sculpture, that is so wonderfully inspiring I LOVE it!! Muses have a way of pulling a design in a different direction don't they? Wonderful creative thinking!!

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  3. Thanx, I appreciate your kind comments. I am glad that you like my design.

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  4. Great necklace, I love the focal and your design!

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    1. Hi Kim, I am very glad that you like my design.

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  5. Your design is beautiful, I love that you used natural elements and that gorgeous Coppet!

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    1. Thanx Karin, I am very glad that you like my design. Natural elements just felt right for this challenge.

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  6. Wonderful design and love the coil with the focal - great idea!

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    1. Thanx Cynthia, I appreciate your positive comments. I am very glad that you like my design.

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  7. Lots of beautiful details to find in this necklace... Funny how ideas in our mind about a design can change in something totally different... The outcome is pretty!!!

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    1. Thanx Dini, I appreciate you saying that my necklace is pretty.

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  8. What a beautiful necklace! I love how it all came about from a leaf you kidnapped from a sculpture.

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    1. Thanx Shai, I am very glad that you like my design. I see everything a jewelry potential so to me it is not unusual to use a piece of my sculpture in my design.

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  9. Oh that poor sculpture >.< lol but seeing as how a piece of it in now a stunning piece of jewelry I'm sure it considers one leaf a worthy sacrifice ;)

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    1. Thanx Skye, I appreciate you calling my necklace stunning. I knew when my friend gave it to me that it would become jewelry and so did she. LOL

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  10. Copper is the perfect metal for fall and you created a lovely necklace to go with that copper leaf. Very evocative of fall and nature!

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    1. Thanx Nan, I agree that copper is the perfect metal for fall. I am glad that you like my design.

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  11. Wow. I never know what to do with orange. That's very striking!

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    1. Thanx Lennis, I am glad that you like my design. Orange is the hardest color for me to work with too but that is why it is a challenge.

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  12. Beautiful design and how wonderful that its components will bring friendship reminders.

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    1. Thanx Mimi, I am glad that you like my design. Yes having friends be part of it makes it special to me.

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  13. Outstanding...I love the leaf pendant and the "squiggly" hanging on it...Excellent work Becky!

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    1. Thanx Veralynne, I appreciate other talented jewelry designers liking my designs.

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  14. I love copper and Imthink it is perfect for fall colors. I used copper in my spider necklace for this blog hop! Beautiful necklace!

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    1. Thanx Kathy, I am glad that you like my necklace. I admired your spider too.

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  15. This is very lovely. I think the fact that it has more meaning to it than meets the eye makes it even more special. It's a very beautiful piece. Nothing says autumn like copper though. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanx Andrea, I appreciate your positive comments.It feels great to have other jewelry artists like my work.

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  16. Becky, the colors are so typically fall, ya gotta love 'em. I really like the seeds. I spend a lot of time outside in the fall and have this habit of just plucking a seedpod now and then to feel the texture. Those seeds add a definite fall feel to your piece.

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    1. Thanx Lee. I am glad that you like my design. the natural beads just felt right for fall.

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  17. What a special design - I love it when a piece has meaning to you!

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    1. Thanx Sherri, Yes this will be a special piece to me.

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  18. Love the leaf you used!!! And how you put it all together is really cool. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanx Andrea, I am glad that you like my design. It was fun to make.

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  19. I have been working on the concept of wire scrolls over a copper leaf in a much bigger dimension and am very glad to see it working on a smaller - more wearable scale too

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    1. Hi Divya, It was fun to make this design. I am glad to know that other jewelry designers are interested in it too.

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  20. Beautiful piece of art, love how you brought it all together and that it has such special components. Super beautiful fall piece of jewellery.

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    1. Thanx Debbie, It means a lot to me when someone with your bead working talent give my work such positive comments. Yes this piece is special to me.

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  21. Love how you executed the components of this design. Awesome piece.

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  22. Beautiful, i love that you took that simple leaf and turned it into a beautiful necklace, the coiled tubing looks great.

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    1. Thanx Sam I knew from the start that the leaf and the copper coil would be part of my design. They just say fall to me.

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  23. Love the necklace! Great Design! Have a Blessed Day!

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    1. Thanx Robin, I am very glad that you like my design.

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  24. I love your necklace, it is very organic.

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    1. Hi Jasvanti, thanx for the compliment about my necklace. Organic just felt right for fall.

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  25. So creative of you :) I bet your wall sculpture is still pretty missing a leaf. Plus now you have at least 2 pretty things... the wall sculpture and this gorgeous necklace. I love the design and how you compose different element beads.. they bring out the shine from each other.

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    1. Thanx Esterina, Yes you can hardly tell that I removed the leaf. I appreciate your positive comments about my design.

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  26. gorgeous necklace , love your wire work coils.

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    1. Thanx Deb, I am very glad that you like my necklace. The copper coil was part of my design from the start.

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  27. You necklace is beautiful. I love that it has so many elements from friends. I also associate copper with fall.

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    1. Thanx Ann, This necklace will be special to me. I knew from the beginning that I would use copper.

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  28. How special to use so many components that have such special memories. Your necklace is beautiful and very autumnal. Nice job!

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    1. Thanx Marybeth,I am glad that you like my necklace.

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