Friday, 3 December 2010

Colour Challenge - Under the Sea





N.B. I really tried to spell colour "color" but I just couldn't do it. It just looks wrong to me, as I'm sure my spelling does to some of you! I'm sorry!!!






So, I didn't even know if I would get this challenge done in time. As I said in my last post, life is extremely busy for me at the moment! However, Tuesday's pupil postponed his lesson to Thursday (I have to say, I was not disappointed!!) so I decided to use my free evening (post-Carmen rehearsal!) to have a go at it. I had some ideas from the LOVELY colour chip Erin had sent me (what a great girl she is! Thanks so much Erin for organising this challenge with your usual wonderfully generous spirit!), specifically some amazing Peruvian Blue Opal (Under the Sea) large nuggets I bought a wee while back from my favourite bead shop, Precious Sparkle Beads. They are very, very special....but I have put them somewhere, em, special...and I couldn't find them! So that idea went by the wayside. I did however have a bunch of equally lovely Peruvian Blue Opal rounds which worked perfectly with the colour scheme I had.





I also had some Green Opal (I think???) rounds which I thought would be perfect as the Painted Basket element. I really wanted to take Erin up on as many challenge points as I could so I had a look through my art beads - they should be highly organised but they are not...I do have a box of Nancy Schindler/ Round Rabbit beads however which I absolutely adore and I pulled out some gorgeous pieces which were just crying out to  be included as Gray Teal (Ok, I coped with gray ok! It would normally be grey over here!!). I had quite a few options as I am an absolute turquoise/teal/aqua person and have been hoarding Round Rabbit pieces for a while... 

My original idea was to make a necklace - I pulled out my stash of Sowzere hand dyed ribbon and there was the most perfect winter aqua shade in my bag which I started on, but my piece just wanted to be a bracelet! I made the initial green opal round component and then I had my 'ping!' moment when I spotted the dotty round in my Round Rabbit stash.





The rest of the bracelet followed quickly and I have to say, I really like it! I like the title 'Under the Sea' and I tried to make the colours flow from Canvas Loafers (pearls)





to Painted Basket (green opal),





like looking down through water to the depths below. I have used Brass Bouquet and Vintaj brass to complement the lovely colours and spaced out my colour elements with Green Amethyst oval nuggets. I really hope you all like it - I'm very interested to hear any comments and even more to see what everyone else has come up with!



I loved the whole process of this colour challenge. I find custom pieces and working to a set brief really helps and focuses my work and this one was no exception - it helps me so much to have a set direction. Thanks so much Erin - I'm so glad I was able to find the time to take part in this wonderful challenge. Please check out everyone else's pieces - I can't wait to see all the other paint chips and the jewellery that has been inspired by them!



THE CHALLENGE OF COLOR BLOG HOP - DECEMBER 3, 2010

30 comments:

Boot ~C said...

I love the colours you got, really beautiful. The beaded links are inspiring, they are really wonderful!

Alice said...

Beautiful piece! I love the different beaded components--and the name you chose from your palette is a perfect fit!

Elisabeth said...

Reaaly, really beautiful!

Imaginative Jewelry said...

I am in love with the wrappped beads around the ring. Great job!
I am glad your student did not go so you could share this with us.

Nicki said...

I love your colors, but what you did with it is so gorgeous. I love every singe element. I would have not been able to put all those colors into one piece. So nice.

steufel said...

This is really pretty!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Love it, Rebecca! Great job! That palette is my favorite so far.

Jeannie said...

I love the ring of beads. Very unique.

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love your color palette and love the ring of beads. Great job!

My Life Under the Bus said...

We had the same exact palette!!!! I love what you did. Ours could be a set!!! Adore the Rabbit Muse tootoo bad we are separated by an ocean : ( - Beautiful job!!!

Courtney said...

Really nice. The colors go so very well together.

stregata said...

I love the palette you received and the bracelet is incredible!
And I totally hear you on colour and grey!

Kristen said...

Beautiful!

TesoriTrovati said...

Mmmmm...that Round Rabbit is the perfect focal for this! I absolutely love how you managed to keep the dottie round thing going with the beads wired to the rings. As for colour and favourite and grey... I think those are all charming spellings and makes me love you even more, Miss Rebecca! So glad you could play along and hope to have you hop again in the future! Thanks for sharing your color with the world.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Silver Parrot said...

This is just beautiful!

Lisa Godfrey said...

Ahhhhh, this color palette is so soothing! I love how you used all the colors and the Round Rabbit bead is so pretty! Beautiful bracelet!

Cynthia said...

I love your beaded circles. Your bracelet turned out really beautiful!

Brandi said...

This is gorgeous! I'm glad you had time to participate, your piece is fabulous!

rosebud101 said...

That is absolutely beautiful! Your colors are perfect! Wow!

N Valentine Studio said...

What wonderful soothing colors, I'm actually drawn to them a lot and re painting a bath room. I may scoop up that paint chip! Gorgeous work!

Pretty Things said...

TOTAL SQUEEEEE! I love all of these colors and want that!

Mellisa said...

Gorgeous colors and a beautiful bracelet!

Cindy said...

Wow, I knew I would love it just by reading the title of the piece. And then I saw your paintchip colours....they have to be my favorite combination! What you did with the wire rounds and beads is pure genious, and gorgeous! I LOVE your finished piece...will we see a tutorial for this one in B&B? It would make a lovely article!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

I love the colors and the beaded rings, wow!

I LOVE color! said...

I love the way you made the
bead in a poke. very cleaver. I will be following you.
Be Blessed

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Releases by Rufydoof said...

Ohh I love your colour palette - luck you! Those beaded rings you have made are gorgeous! I love them! Well done!

Oh and I get the whole "colour" thing as that is how we spell it here in Australia!!

Karyn
Australia

lunedreams said...

What a unique bracelet! I love your little wire wrapped wreaths, what a great way to use those petite rounds! Your round rabbit lentil is perfect--I love how you've connected it--it really brings out the beauty of it more than just using some rings. Makes me think of a prong setting for a gemstone--perfect!

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much ladies for all your comments - I am thrilled that you are all so positive about both the bracelet and also my lovely palette - we have the wonderful Erin to thank for that one!

Holly said...

Okay, so I don't know what I like more - your gorgeous RR piece, or your funky bead circles! Such a cool bracelet. I love it!

(Yes, hopping quickly, and late, to finish the journey.)

Jen V. said...

I just love it!

I have problems pronouncing the word "color" such that it always comes out "keller" and my friends make fun of me. It's some crazy Pennsylvania accent, I guess. Maybe I need to start spelling it differently to hear it in my mind more clearly! haaaaaaaa

Take care!
Jen

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