Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

Dancing the Bolero – Monthy Challenge June 2010

June 14, 2010

I haven’t done a proper challenge entry for Art Bead Scene in… hm, let me think, did I do any proper entry this year?
After several failures, I have decided never again to try creating components specifically for a challenge. Instead, I’m going to use what I have available and just play with my beads – that way I’m usually more successful, and it’s also way more fun!

This one really was a challenge, as I don’t normally use these colours. And as usual, my first tholught was: “I don’t have anything in pink and green!” Considering the size of my bead stash, that wasn’t likely. If nothing else, I should at least have seed beads and swaroskis – I probably have those in every colour of the rainbow. Match them with a more neutral art bead, et voilà!

This was also the first time I tried out that new brass coloured chain I got, and I really really like it!!

And don’t forget to check out the last giveaway on Earthenwood Studio: some HOT beads!

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Vintage Day

May 29, 2010

Here’s what I made for Erin’s “Wedding Flower” challenge, inspired by my favourite colour scheme, which was this one:

This would probably be the one I’d choose for a flower bouquet, but I loved all the others as well, and it was hard to decide on just one. Unfortunately, there was no time for more than one entry this month – I didn’t even make anything for Art Bead Scene. Maybe I’ll go back to the other colour schemes next month for a few bracelets. I also did not manage to fulfill my goal of five bracelets this month, but at least people really liked the last bracelet I made, so I seem to be improving.

Back to the necklace – I’m not so sure about the satin ribbon, but for now it stays. It was hard enough to get it there 😉

Quick Update

April 25, 2010

I am sorry for diasappearing over the past few days, I had problems with my computer (it seems to work now, we’ll see how long it lasts…)

Here’s one quick little bracelet (so that’s number #3) I made with two beads of the found necklace. I’m working on a necklace as well, but I don’t know if I will finish it on time (when was that deadline again?).

Lost and found

April 18, 2010

I was on my way home from work when I saw this necklace hanging from a fence. The string is torn and the closure is completely rusty, so I didn’t feel too guilty about taking it – it looks like it’s been there longer than just a day, and it’s broken anyway. It’s cheap costume jewelry, of course, mostly plastic, some glass and metal, but I really like the colour scheme. Who knows, maybe I can use it for Erin’s current challenge – Inspired by… Before and After.

A Bracelet A Day…

April 15, 2010

Alright, so the only person who commented on my question the day before yesterday said “mix it”, and the only person who voted said “and now for something completely different”. Hmm… so what now? I decided to challenge myself and make more bracelets, because they have been underrepresented so far and because anything that poses a challenge is usually a good way to improve skills. I’m not going to do bracelets only for a month, though. I’m going to do a bracelet a day for a week, this month, probably again next month and we’ll see when I’m tired of it. I’ll count the vintage chinese button one as the first of the seven, though (yeah, I know I’m a cheater!).

So this is number 2. Remember Silver Parrot’s colour challenge? I now created a bracelet for the last inspiration I didn’t dare to use back then, the gaudy grasshopper:

Monthly Challenge – Almond Blossoms

March 29, 2010

Of three pieces I worked on today, I only managed to complete this one. And this one only because half-way through the bracelet, I lost my nerves and decided that it’s now a pendant. Voilà – last minute entry for Art Bead Scene. Nothing special, but still kind of cute I think.

I’m still not done with all those stamped pendants… *sigh* And I’m working on an entry for the “Inspired by” challenge as well. When was the deadline again? Probably yesterday…

Turquoise Colour Challenge

February 16, 2010

OK, I don’t even dream of winning this one. But I love a challenge, and participation is everything, right? Here’s a little peek at what I’m working on:

The polymer clay leaf connector is actually the focal, so now you know most of the design already, lol. Nothing special, and a little bit too bright, but fun! I will make a charm necklace as well, just to make it a set. I am still wondering whether or not to use copper chain as a second strand. And you can see the weakest point of the design as well: I didn’t have copper or bronze crimps. Will need to get some…

FEBABS – first monthly challenge entry

February 10, 2010

I spent most of the evening admiring the results of the “Bead Soup Party” over here. Kind of surprising that I actually found time to work on my own stuff, but seeing all of this was so inspiring… I finally had an idea that pulled my Art Bead Scene entry together, which had been lying around for days waiting for inspiration to strike. I don’t have much time right now, so I’m glad that the deadline for the “Universe” challenge has been extended at least. So go check it out and participate!

Back on topic – Art Bead Scene. Well, hopefully, it is the first and simplest of three very different entries inspired by Vestie Davis’ “Luna Park”. But I’ll have to create special focals for the other two, and that usually doesn’t turn out as planned, so I used what I had and could plan with. I wanted to use one of a heap of star charms I had made a while ago, because there’s hearts in the painting. I wanted it to be red and gold. Just now I received a package with a set of assorted red glass beads – I had hesitated to buy them, you never know what you get in those – but these are pretty, and I actually kind of liked the surprise. I also got a bunch of tiny red heart beads – not specifically for Valentine’s Day, but seeing so much heart jewelry everywhere these days probably made me want some of my own 😉 I used just one here, so I have a whole lot more. And I also used golden glass tubes, which I have owned for a long time and was about to throw away, because I couldn’t think of anything to do with them. Now I’m so glad that I didn’t – they were just right to space the red glass beads a little more lightly.

I had planned the necklace to be asymmetrical, but for some reason, I had not yet though of putting the charm anywhere else than the centre. Boring. Now it’s at the side, worn like this (actually, you could turn it around any way you’d like, for a different look):

Inspired by… the Universe

February 2, 2010

As you may have guessed by the title, the long awaited next challenge is up on Treasures Found – and the new inspiration is nothing less than… the entire universe!

Isn’t that awesome? I love the stars… I even used to have a little telescope on my balcony (right now I don’t, for lack of a balcony). Nevertheless, I was a little overwhelmed at first. Erin mentioned in a comment that googling the Universe brought up some really colourful pictures, and so it did – but in my experience (that is: for the naked eye, not Hubble), the nightsky is all black and silver. Nothing against that, actually. But I had been creating colourless all the past month for the Art Bead Scene challenge, and I was tired of it. So, colours then. My first idea was to create an Art Bead specifically for this challenge, inspired by a particular picture. But, I will have to try a new technique to achieve what I want, and I have no idea if it will work out at all. And that means that this project will take time – but I wanted to start beading immediately!!

I had sorted my polymer clay charms in the past few days – mostly stuff I made out of leftovers, or trials for a new technique. I rarely used any of them, but now there was a whole heap of little, colourful stars. Really colourful, actually. Some mokume gane experiment, one block of green and blue, and one of blue and violet, turned out a lot more… intense than I had expected it to. It looked like candy, really, except that it was sparkly as well.

Consequently, the little necklaces I made look quite a bit girlish and cutesy:

Wavy Washer Necklace

January 25, 2010

As you can see, I finally managed not only to finish my Washer/Hokusai necklace, but even to take a photo of it… Considering that I planned it first in August to submit to the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge, and then again in december to submit to the Inspiration is Everywhere Hardware Store challenge… oh well. *sighs*