Saturday, February 23, 2013

YOJ - Week 8: Multiples

"For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward" ... Jim Rohn

The theme for this weeks challenge was timely has I had been commissioned to create three bridesmaids cuffs!  The dress material sample I was provided was a blessing and in consultation with the bride I was able to match the oyster colour using one of the fabulous hues from the Miyuki Delica collection.

Each bridesmaid will wear a OOAK (one of a kind) Caron Michelle original.  I designed the cuffs changing one element in each one so that each cuff is an original and no two designs are the exactly the same.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Year of the Jewelry - Week 7: Off the Cuff

"All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better "... Ralph Waldo Emerson

This weeks YOJ challenge was Off The Cuff.  An easy one for me in respect that is what I love to do, create loomed pieces.  However - I needed to challenge myself and create something a little different, try a different technique on the loom.  Following on from last weeks Steel Grey Loomed Spike Cuff .  I decided to play with some mini spikes.  These are such a luscious colour and were beckoning to be incorporated into a loomed design!

Monday, February 11, 2013

YOJ - Week 6: Embrace

"Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. ..." ~ Lao Tzu

The Year of the Jewelry (YOJ) challenge for week 6 is Embrace which has been defined as

"... something can mean to hug it, or to receive or accept it willingly, as in embracing a new idea or an opportunity, to adopt or to take in with the eye or the mind, to encircle, surround, or enclose, or to include or contain. ("

My interpretation of this weeks challenge is to embrace a new idea or opportunity - I bought some Czech Spikes late last year and have been waiting for an opportunity to incorporate them in a loomed design. It is a design idea I have been playing with and was happy to see it come to fruition.

This is the result - what do you think?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

OTTBS Week 5: Earring Challange

I'm slightly behind on this challenge but this weeks submission was well worth the wait!  My beautiful daughter has been watching me play with my sead beads creating (and pulling apart) various earring designs in my quest to create a pair of earrings that I am happy with! 

After many hints - a couple of weeks ago we had success in finding a pattern she would be happy with. Liz Reed's etsy shop -  The Crimson Moon  is a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered. 

So here are the earrings my gorgeous girl decided on.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Year of Jewelry - Week 5: Déjà Vu

"The essential of the déjà vu is rather the negation of the present than the affirmation of the past ..."  Pierre Janet (1948)

How often have you had that feeling of seeing something and experiencing that thought of having at one time seen it before - well this weeks entry for YOJ  is exactly that!  You have seen this cuff before - it is my most popular design - the mini cuff!