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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Summer Color Inspiration Challenge




Saturday, August 3, 2013

hosted by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

Sharyl's Jewelry and Components, Artfire

Dear Friend,

It is always a delight when fellow design artist and friend, Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, hosts an event and today I welcome you to her blog hop, Summer Color Inspiration Challenge.

Sharyl loves both macro-photography and flowers as much as I do.  She provided several photos of different floral groupings and asked us to design a piece of jewelry inspired by one of those.

Sharyl chose one of the photos as her graphic badge for this challenge. As seen above, her photograph includes deep pink roses, yellow daisy chrysanthemums and dark purple Peruvian lilies. I had quickly gravitated to this photo easily deciding that a necklace would allow me a large canvas to splash these colors in a big way. I decided to do a literal interpretation of the flowers as if my jewelry design was a bouquet.

I wanted to add green to the mix, as well. As a former florist, I know that green is Nature's color of balance. Greenery is very important and a variety of different leaves (fern and laurel, for example) become important filler and backdrop in an arrangement. 

Bouquet of Color with Honey 
Citrine Dragon Veins Agate Pendant

The florals used in Sharyl's photograph are strong and rich in color. I began the design knowing that I would use a dragon veins agate as the focal pendant. I pulled plastic bins of pink, yellow and purple beads and began searching for similar intense colors in a variety of bead sizes and shapes. I quickly realized that the blue-green beads looked especially nice and chose lampwork beads in that hue.

The focal bead is a hefty-weight oval honey citrine dragon veins agate measuring 2.25 inches in length. I used tarnish-free goldtone flexible wire for stringing beads. This beaded portion of the necklace is attached to two circular goldtone rings and then attached to cable link chain with lobster clasp. I used floral-motif goldtone metal spacers, purple glass beads, Czech beads and natural stones in the overall design.

I love the pop of color and variety of shapes and textures in this necklace. I can visualize the necklace worn on a cream-colored or white dress or tee, allowing all the colors and shapes to be seen at once. When one needs a true punch of color and Pazazz! this one is going to make a pretty statement. 

(necklace is not available, it has been purchased)

Flowers have always been an emotional catalyst for me and why I have fresh flowers in my home as often as possible throughout the year. I'm happy Sharyl chose flowers to offer inspiration in jewelry design today. I see pink roses, yellow chrysanthemums and purple lilies in my necklace! Ahh, love their fragrance!


Participating Artist Links

Host, Sharyl McMillian-Nelson  Sharyl’s Jewelry

Kashmira Patel  Sadafulee...always in bloom!

Tanty Sri Hartanti  TJewellicious by Tanti

Kathy Lindemer  Bay Moon Design

Laren Dee Barton   Laren Dee Designs

Melissa Trudinger  Beadrecipes


Heartfelt thanks to Sharyl for creating this fun event! I hope you have time to visit all our artists' blogs, to see how each one chose to interpret this Challenge. If you do, please take a moment to leave a thoughtful comment. We appreciate this gesture so very much.

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