Sunday, July 1, 2012

CBC Summer by the Sea Challenge

A few months ago I received an amazing array of hand mane pieces to create jewelry with.  I wish my summer was by the sea, but it is spent by the pool.  Notice I did not say "in the pool!"  This is my daughter, a member of the local summer swim team, and doing quite well this year!  Since it is hard to take my torch and hammers with me to the pool I have not had much time in the studio.

My first piece was inspired by the amazing focal, I love using fiber in my designs and felt that the unique copper clasp could not be hidden in the back.  The copper beads between the blue ceramics ones are from my NYC stash and are from the 1940's or 50's.  

Not sure why I could not get the piece rotated the right way.  Here is another view.

Next I worked on some earrings, I really like how these came out.  The wire are handmade, it is something I can do sitting by the pool! 

I've been a blue mood this summer, making lots of blue jewelry.  I guess I am inspired by the blue sky, the blue water and my blue hydranga that I have in my front yard.  So using the orange components was quite a challenge, so I went back to my favorite blue and combined it with the orange.  I enameled copper pieces, stacked them and added the orange beads to complete the look.  

I do not have a picture of my final pieces, my mom borrowed them to wear one day and I have to get them back!  She does this all the time.  I'll post the pictures as soon as I can.  
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  1. Love the blue and orange combo! The earrings are really cool!

  2. Blue and orange are great colors together! Gorgeous pieces of work!! (

  3. Love, Love, LOVE These pieces!!!!

  4. Love the Sari in the necklace!!!!!!! Very nice pieces!!!!!!! Can't wait to see the rest.

  5. I love that first necklace with the silk, and those earrings are darling. How fun that you mom 'borrows' your jewelry to wear.

    1. Thanks Alice, my mom pays me a yearly "fee" (she babysits)and then gets to raid my stash at any time. Since we live in the same neighborhood it works out nicely. : )

  6. Really like the color combinations!

  7. I just love !the mix of colors & textures in these designs!

  8. Blue and orange are so fantastic when incorported so very nicely! LOVE that focal - and I agree, those earrings are special! Beautiful job!

  9. Thanks everyone! I really enjoyed this challenge.