Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Challenge of Color Blog Hop - reveal day!!

Well, the big day is here! It's the Challenge of Color Blog Hop reveal day. Erin Prais-Hintz at Tesori Trovati Jewelry is the hostess (with the mostest - check out ALL she made!!!) We (the participants) picked a color. The color could be your favorite, or most challenging, or whatever - up to you. Then Erin selected a palette for each participant from Design Seeds (check out the site - some really beautiful color palettes there!).

So, I chose "red", because I do not seem to use red in my designs very often, so I thought it would be a good stretch for me.

Erin chose "Autumn Comfort" for me. As you can see, the red in this palette is on the orange side, which I was happy about. I really didn't know what I was gonna do if I got candy apple red!


So, first, I looked through all my red beads. I sort my beads by color, for the most part. I keep my art beads separate, so I looked through the art beads next. I found lots of rusty reds in there. The first thing I made were these earrings. I was just trying to warm up a little, like with exercise - you don't want to over do it!  The beads and the rings are lampwork from Outwest.  They have the red and darker grey color from the palette. I love matte lampwork!


Next, I made this necklace. It's made of beige cane glass I've had forever, don't remember where I got it (maybe Fire Mountain?). And red ceramic rounds, I think from Fire Mountain. And matte grey pony beads, that are from Fire Mountain. And, Vintaj bead caps.

Much to my surprise, I found the yellow color the hardest to work into my designs. But then I found a string of very large stone nuggets in my "yellow beads". I swear I don't even remember buying them. I don't know what "stone" they are. But, I picked out the best one on the strand. I liked this one because it has a darker spot on it. Along with that, I used some red coral little donuts, some white-grey marble rounds, some faceted Czech beads (that match the mystery stone perfectly), and the same grey pony beads as in the first necklace. And, of course, Vintaj bead caps.
I have not done it very often, so I'm still never sure how it will turn out, but I wire wrapped some gold sari silk in three places. I actually like it. It adds just a bit more golden yellow to the necklace.




Thanks to Erin for creating this fun challenge!!
Here's the list of all the other participants. Enjoy all the colors!!!
10 Cynthia Riggs (you are here) ~ Red ~ Autumn Comfort
18 Tari Kahrs ~ Orange ~ Citrus Tones
35 CJ Bauschka ~ Teal ~ Teal Air
41 Jenni Connolly ~ Gray ~ Paw Tones

42 comments:

  1. kudo's to you for choosing a color that was a
    "stretch" for you. That's how we grow as designers. You did a wonderful job Cynthia and those earrings!!

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  2. I have to say - this is a job well done! My first thought was...hmmmm...that would be really good for lunch today....but GOSH - I don't know if I could have managed a palette like this. You got it spot-on though. I really love both the earrings and the necklace! Beautiful!

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  3. What great pieces! I just love those earrings, and that last necklace has some fun colors! Your color palette is so sweet, and you did a wonderful job using all the colors from it.

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  4. oh what a wonderful palette you had to play with...your creations are stunning

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  5. What an awesome palette you received!
    I thought of Outwest as soon as I saw it so I loved your earrings. Great work!

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  6. I love all of those, but the first necklace is my favorite .. so elegant. I love how you made the colors in the palette come together in the second necklace. It looks like something that would be so much fun to wear.

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  7. Oh how fun! Love what you created!

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  8. love those earrings!

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  9. You have made such lovely pieces! I chose red too, but my palette couldn't have been more different than yours! My favourite is the earrings, a beautiful use of Outwest beads.

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  10. Yellow is always a tricky colour but your stones are great.
    But my heart goes to the earrings.

    Well done!
    Ambra

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  11. Great work! I love that big yellow bead, and I don't usually like yellow :)

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  12. I am so glad that you liked this palette. It is yummy in more ways than one!

    I love your idea of a warm up. Really that is what I was doing with some of my palettes. Your bead choices are great. I especially like the earrings. And the little sari silk really balances out the color. Without that extra touch I think the yellow would have been lost.
    Thank you for taking on the challenge of color with me!
    Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  13. great colors! And wow you really were prolific, I felt lucky go get one necklace made! Love what you made too! the earrings especially

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  14. What a beautiful collection! Really nice work. I especially love the earrings and the cane glass aspect of the necklace! The silk ribbon adds a really fun touch to your second necklace.

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  15. That was a tough palette, but I totally love this! The earrings are wonderful, and I love that first necklace!!!

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  16. What a beautiful palette you received! I love what you came up with, but those earrings and that gorgeous matte lampwork is just the best!

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  17. Waht a challenging palette you had. Nice work

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  18. ooo fun palette. Your designs are great, the last one with the yellow worked out good even though you said you had difficulty with that color - could of fooled me!

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  19. Oooooh! Verrrry nice! For not using red in your designs very often, you did a wonderful job. I really like this!

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  20. Love your palette and designs. The earrings are gorgeous with those delicious Matt beads and rings and I love your second necklace, too. The yellow stone is perfect and the matt beads all go so well together in combination with the copper..a really great look. You nailed it.
    Jenni

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  21. Your palette has my very favorite meal, but would be a tough palette for me to work with. You did a fabulous job incorporating it into your beautiful designs. I love those matte lampwork beads in the earrings, and the focal in the second necklace was simply perfect to compliment the other beads you chose. Great job!

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  22. Lovely jewellery and great interpretation of the palette! My fave is the earrings: love the simplicity and clean lines in the design and like you I find matte glass just gorgeous. Great job!

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  23. What a great palette. I love that necklace and all the color in it. Those matte lampwork beads are so pretty, too. Nice job.

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  24. Great earrings! I could see those being worn with many different outfits! That was a challenging palette and you did a great job with the jewelry you designed!
    {Hugs!}

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  25. Cynthia, you totally nailed that palette. I love your pieces! The earrings and the first necklace are my favorites, I would totally wear either :)

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  26. I also find yellow to be a bit of a challenge. I like what you did with your yellow piece . Really love teh earrings.

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  27. I like your palette and all the pieces you made are beautiful.
    Shannon C

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  28. Oh I love this palette too! Those lantern earring are just perfect.I love these warm comforting colors - you did a beautiful job!

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  29. Great interpretation of the palette! Wow! Love the warmth of your piece.

    Emanda

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  30. The earrings are awesome! Simply but stunning!

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  31. Lovely, all of them. My favorite the earrings!

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  32. Cynthia, All three of your pieces are very pretty, my favorite are the earrings.
    Therese

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  33. YUM! Both your palette and your creations are simply yummy. That necklace with the yellow speaks to me the most though. I think it's the yellow. I do like my bright colors! Well done.

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  34. Your creations are beautiful!

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  35. Great pieces - the last necklace is really cool!

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  36. I also find yellow to be a challenge. You really hit a home run with all of your pieces!

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  37. You really did a great job with your color palette! I especially love the earrings (o-o-o, those matte beads!) and the last necklace!

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  38. What lovely warm pieces! Perfect for these crisp days and a spot on interpretation of 'Autumn Comfort'. I love how friendly they all are!

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  39. Your pieces go with the palette perfectly! I LOVE those first earrings especially. (and now i want to eat grilled cheese with soup :)

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  40. You did a fantastic job! And I'm in awe of all the pieces you made!

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  41. OMG I love those earrings!

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