Friday, December 3, 2010

The Challenge of Color Blog Hop

 Also known as the Tale of Last Minute Nelly!
About a month ago, Erin Prais-Hintz put forth this really cool challenge.  During a trip to a local hardware store, Erin decided to use the paint chips as inspiration.  She opened up her inspiration challenge to anyone who wanted to participate.  The deal was that we, the participants, would send Erin a color choice.  She'd then pick out some paint chips and send one to us.  We were to then design something using that paint chip and it's colors.

Of course, thinking this was a really cool idea, way cooler than I'd ever be able to think up on my own, I decided to participate.  I decided that I'd like to choose a color that I don't work with much, and vowed to myself that I'd go ahead and make sure I had the piece done early, and would be able to blog about it without my usual problem.  So I chose orange, in honor of my sister, who would be having a baby around the time that we'd be wrapping up the challenge.  Orange is one of Sarah's favorite colors.  So cool, I'd be all set.

One day, I heard that the other participants in the challenge were receiving their paint chips.  I was excitedly awaiting Mr Mailman that day.  Nothing.  Boo.  But the next day, there it was!  And it was perfect.  It was a coralish orange, called Fruit Punch.  The three colors with that were a great khaki, a mellow grey-ish yellow, and a lighter grey-green called Coffee n' Cream.  That left me about 3 weeks to work on the challenge.  So cool, I'd be all set.

Two weeks pass by, including Thanksgiving....have I done anything on the challenge?  Not really.  Yes, I've gone out and bought some beads that'd be perfect.  Couldn't find any great art beads though.  Not a problem, I still had time.  Maybe I'd make some.  Sure, that'd work.  I've got polymer clay, I've got enamels and metal....I could do this easily.  And I do have a small selection of some cool beads I'd gotten from Barbara Bechtel, Barb Lewis and Gaea. So cool, I'd be all set.

Time continues to move on....am I working on my piece?  No.  Thinking about it even?  Nope, not a bit - too much going on!  Ah well, there's still time - I work best under pressure, after all!  Ha.  A few days before the scheduled blog hop, I realize that I haven't even started my piece.  Uht oh.  Better get cracking.  I promptly move onto another project - cleaning the closets.  Fun, huh?

But then I realize the deadline is really looming, and I go ahead and start working on a focal piece for the necklace.  Yes, atleast by this time I'd determined I wanted a necklace.  I pull out the polymer clay and try a few things.  Eh, that worked okay.  Not as nicely as I liked it, but I wasn't going to be picky.  Pull out some copper sheet, and play away with that.  Ah well.  I'd work with what I have.  (This was on Monday and Tuesday)  Yesterday I had to work on another project.  Wait, did I tell you that I'd seriously overbooked myself this week?  Yep - two other jewelry projects, a submission, my regular job, my mommy/wifey job, and a craft fair this weekend.  Oh, and that sister I mentioned earlier?  She's going in for a planned C-section tomorrow, the same day as the blog hop, so I'm preoccupied with baby thoughts.  Hah.

So finally, tonight....errr....by the time I'm writing this, I mean last night.....I sit down and put on my jewelry design cap and away we go!  Three half-finished pieces later, I'm getting it and working hard.  But by now it's midnight, and I'm still cranking away.  Ahhh, finally finished!  So, finally, without any further ado, here's what I've just finished working on!  (And if you're still with me, you've probably had enough of my creative process and are thinking that I am, indeed chaos.  You'd be right.  Utterly and completely right.)

  Fruit and Coffee
(yep, I combined two of the color names)
 As I said, the pendant I made from polymer clay.  The beads are yellow turquoise (I think it's really a serpentine, but not sure), cherry quartz, bright poppy colored....uhm, fruit punch colored ceramic.  Unfortunately I can't remember what the ovals are in my sleep deprived state, but I'll figure it out eventually.  The clasp was hand-forged.  The chain is copper, as are the bead caps and spacers.  An interesting thing about this necklace is that the wire wrapping was all done with square wire.  I decided to see what I could do with the square wire, and really like the effect it gave the beads!  The necklace is long, about 24 inches, but hangs very nicely and is surprisingly light. 

 As you can see, I did manage to use all four colors on my chip - but I did cheat a bit since some of the colors are combined on the beads!

 Here is a closeup of the pendant and oval beads with the square wire wrapping them.  As I said, I enjoyed using the square wire - it gave it a nice touch.

Any way, this was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to check out what everyone has done!  Please join me, and check out all of the participants listed below.  Also, check out Erin's blog too, to see what she did - I don't see that she's in this list!  But that could just be exhaustion too....And now, I'm going to bed.  Night all!  ;)

25 comments:

Alice said...

A gorgeous piece! I just love the polymer pendant!!!!

Kristen said...

Holly did I ever tell you that I am a coffeeholic? You know I love LOVE love this piece and sometimes last minute can bring out the best in us and this certainly did for you!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Amazing what we can do when we are pressed for time. You pulled it off. I love your polymer pendant.

Elisabeth said...

Really amazing piece. Sometimes the pressure of a deadline is what it takes to get creative. Good luck with your craft fair and with your sister.

Brandi said...

I work best under pressure myself - deadlines motivate me! I think you nailed the colors so well, and I like the brighter orange beads - they really make everything pop!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Hahaha Blog friend I finished my piece last night as well!!! Nothing like a bit o' stress. I came out great I love that focal of course! Good luck with that c-section and congrats to your sister!

Imaginative Jewelry said...

Fabulous necklace and very true to the palette.

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Great job!

Rebecca said...

This is gorgeous! I really love the pendant - I don't generally like polymer clay but I can't even begin to imagine how you made this one - it's absolutely beautiful!

TesoriTrovati said...

I think that you and I are soul sisters... I was finishing two pieces at midnight! This is lovely. I think that focal is so charming! And you made it yourself. Props to you! I am like a goldfish growing to the size of her bowl...procrastination is my middle name! Wishing your sister smooth sailing with her new baby! Thank you for sharing your color with the world.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Courtney said...

I love what you did. The colors, texture, really wonderful. Your pendant is amazing! Love that.

Mellisa said...

Whew, exhausted just hearing about the rush to the finish! Being such a procrastinator myself is the biggest reason I usually skip these wonderful blog hops...I wouldn't have the discipline to stay up until midnight to finish :)

steufel said...

What pretty piece. Love your interpretation

stregata said...

You do work well under duress, don't you? Wonderful focal, it came together beautifully!

Silver Parrot said...

In reading through all the participants' blogs, it looks like a lot of us were "last minute" creators - so cheers to all of us for that!

Your creation is great and I love the poly clay focal!

Lisa Godfrey said...

So pretty! Love the pendant!

JeannieK said...

Well Auntie Holly, I love the pc pendant.
So glad you had time to share this beautiful, well done necklace.

Well wishes to your sister.

Nicki said...

You color palette is not a very easy one, and I think you did a< very good job in pulling the colors together. Congratulations.

Lisa Tracy said...

Holly, wow, what a gorgeous pendant! Your necklace turned out so beautifully. Obviously your muse relishes the stress of a looming deadline!

Cynthia said...

Your necklace turned out great. Love the polymer focal!

rosebud101 said...

It looks like you did have a great time! You did a wonderful job with your colors!

Nicole Valentine-Rimmer said...

I love your polymer clay pendant, it's stunning! It came together well, even with the time crunch! Lovely!

BooBeads said...

I work better under pressure too :) and tend to leave everything for the last minute.

That pc pendant is awesome and it works so well with your color palette! Nice work :)

Ovals look like Autumn Jasper, but I could be wrong. They have a nice mix of pinkish coral and light green.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Pretty Things said...

That turned out beautifully! And wow, you have a lot on your plate!

I LOVE color! said...

Your piece is lovely. I especially like the copper. I have gone balistic over copper.
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