Monday, October 03, 2011

Very Vintage Challenge reveal

Michelle Mach put out the challenge to who ever wanted to participate. She made up kits, and also mini kits, that you could buy from her. I purchased the mini kit, because I already had many of the Vintaj pieces in my stash. I could not wait for my mini kit to arrive, because the morning Michelle posted the challenge, I had an idea driving to work, about using the Vintaj branch in a necklace design. My necklace turned out pretty much how I pictured it. I also felt compelled to use every last bead in my mini kit, so I made some earrings and a second very simple necklace.
So, without further ado....

I added extra acorn bead caps to create more acorns and the Lucite links. My idea (from that morning) was to create a "vine" of wire, wrapping around the branch, with leaves, acorns and berries hanging from it. The acorns are made with carved horn beads and small bead caps at the bottom.

Here's another shot:

I could not work the brass leaf from the kit into the first necklace. There was already enough going on in that one. So, I decided to hammer it up a bit, and make a little drop and a matching link. I made a free form wrapped wire "bead", to look like jumprings, and made the wire wrapped loops a little free form too. It's not a statement necklace, just something that you can wear any day of the week (in autumn, of course!)

This is a slightly closer, but slightly blurry photo (it wouldn't hold still), but it shows how it hangs.

Lastly, a pair of earrings. I stacked black Lucite flowers with bead caps and 2 of the beads from the kit. I made the wraps on the top free form, to match the above necklace. The little seed drops at the bottom just glow in the sunlight.
That's it for me. I enjoyed this challenge and would like to thank Michelle for dreaming it up.
You can check out all the Very Vintage participants list at Michelle's blog.

23 comments:

  1. Your pieces came out great. The colors and effect of the necklaces are very pretty. I loved the acorn bead caps. How lucky that you had a few more to incorporate into your design.

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  2. Really cool. I love what you've done. Good on ya for using all the beads, too. ;-)

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  3. Your idea for the branch was perfect! All the pieces are great, but I really love that one. (Probably 'cause that branch was so hard for me!) Good idea on hammering that leaf, I actually forgot all about it!

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  4. Great work. I love the red acorns in the first necklace and the second necklace is perfect!

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  5. That branch necklace is to die for!! You did an amazing job using all your beads, your designs are very beautiful!

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  6. BEAUTIFUL! I love the color and that little amber link is gorgeous!!

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  7. I love what hammering does to metal. That is such a great look. You did a lot! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  8. What fun pieces! I especially like the first necklace- love those leaves and branch!

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  9. I love the idea of wrapping wire around the branch and hanging this from that. Some much more texture than just drilling holes!

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  10. I love the texture that you added to the leaf in the second piece. the colors that you chose for the acorns in the first piece is wonderful. The carved accents in the beads give just the right amount of added dimension to them.

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  11. How clever to use that branch as a charm holder...I wouldn't have thought of it!

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  12. All very pretty! I especially like the way you wrapped the beads on the vine.

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  13. Lovely wraps! And I fully approve of your hammering of the leaf blank. ;)

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  14. Cynthia, I love that first necklace, with it's motion! How you wrapped the branch to add the drops, fantastic! Oh, and love those earrings too!

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  15. I like the boldness of your pieces, very, very nice!

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  16. I love both necklaces and the earrings -- I love what you did with the branch! Just lovely!

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  17. Beautiful jewellery! I especially like the branch necklace. You've made good use of the branch component and the acorns are so pretty. Nice asymmetry too.

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  18. These pieces are awesome! I love the acorns, and I really adore the way you wired around the twig component--that was wonderful!

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  19. Beautiful necklaces. I love the idea of the vine around the branch, and the colors you added are perfect. The leaf texture in the second necklace is great, too! Well done!

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  20. I love your necklace and how you included the Vintaj branch in your design, the extra acorn caps and berries are also a great touch.

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  21. I love the extra acorns you added to the first necklace. I like the second necklace, too. Sometimes it's good to have those simple pieces in your everyday wardrobe.

    I'm impressed you tried to use everything! Isn't it nice when you get an inspiration and it works out the way you planned? That doesn't seem to happen often to me! (Lucky you!)

    Hope to see you in a future challenge.

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  22. I love the hammered leaf...wish I'd thought of it! But wait! I can still hammer my leaf, and I'm going to do just that. You're such a creative soul.

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  23. This is really great! I love what you made. Great colors, great metals and great design. Win, win, win!!

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