Thursday, January 31, 2019

Art Elements - January Reveal

I am so thrilled to be a part of the official Art Elements Challenge reveal this month! (Unlike last month, where I was too late to join in... I blame making so many Christmas presents, heh.) 

The theme this month was the Moon--and what an inspiring, interesting theme that was. There are so many different ways to interpret it, after all. I personally ended up exploring two different possible interpretations. Overall, I made three things for this reveal: a pair of earrings, and two twin necklaces.

And, without further ado... Here's what I made!


Bright Summer Nights
Earrings


Those Czech glass coin beads are actually what inspired me to join in this challenge. I was organizing my stash when I found them. I have no memory of buying them, and there were only two of them... and, with their stars and crescent moons, they were perfect for this theme.

For the design, I wanted to make a simple pair of earrings that really showed off the beauty of the beads... Well, that, and I wanted an excuse to make more earwires. (I have been having so much fun learning how to make them! Woo!) To that end, all of the wire components--the headpins and the earwires--are made by me using copper wire.



I really love the bright combination of blue and copper. These make me think of bright summer nights--right after the sun has set and the moon has risen, but the sky is still light.


Light Side and Dark Side of the Moon
Twin Necklaces


For these necklaces, I took a much more literal approach to the moon theme. I absolutely love astronomy... As such, when I first think of the moon, I actually think of the physical sphere that is orbiting our planet. Its rock is barren and battered--not particularly glamorous in its own right, but gorgeous when it reflects the light of the sun.

Thinking of the light side and dark side of the moon is what inspired these necklaces. They are both made with the same type of stone, but one is made with bright silver while the other is made with dark bronze.




The stone itself was chosen because, like the moon, it is deceptive. Upon first appearance, it is simple and uninteresting. When the light hits it, though, its unique pattern emerges--and its irregularities become beautiful.


I am really thrilled with how these two necklaces turned out. I know I say that a lot, but it's true... It's so satisfying when I have an idea in my head, and I am able to make them a reality. I love how a different metal can make each one look so different, and yet obviously part of a whole. 

...And I really do love the way that the stone is so subtly interesting. 


So, there you go! These are pieces I made for this Art Elements theme challenge. I really enjoyed exploring this theme, and I'm thrilled to be able to share my creations with you.

Thank you so much for stopping by today to see what I made... Be sure to visit the other participants to see what beautiful things they created!

Thanks again, everyone. I hope you all have a lovely day! 

24 comments:

  1. Those pendant stones are truly beautiful when the light reflects off of them but I too love the combination of blue and copper. Lovely pieces you have made for this challenge.

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  2. I love the color of the Czech beads you used in the earrings - and they are a perfect match with the copper. Your two necklaces are amazing - I love how you used them to interpret the different sides of the moon. And you are right the stones are deceptive until you see them in the light and they are gorgeous!

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  3. Beautiful pieces and all of them so different!
    I love in particular what you did with the necklaces.

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  4. I love the earrings! The copper highlights the beads really well, and it's awesome that you've made the components yourself.
    As for the necklaces, I like the way you've represented the light and dark sides of the moon, and your decision and reasoning to use stone for them is just brilliant!

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  5. As soon as I saw these earrings I wondered if that was more of your wirework. It works great on those earrings. And, the stars on the stone are so subtle....
    Your twin moon necklaces! That stone is indeed deceptive. I couldn't even see the colors in them until your last photo. And, using the different wires to change their look was definitely inspired!

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  6. I'm glad your ideas came out the way you wanted! Love your ear wires! Necklaces are very pretty!

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  7. I love the necklaces but those earrings really speak to me and remind me of a beautiful summer night at the beach.

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  8. I love all your pieces! I love the whimsical feel of the ear-wires.

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  9. I love your earrings. I love copper and you did a great job on your wire work. Well done!

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  10. Beautiful designs, your wirework is lovely, especialy the ear wires!

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  11. The earrings and necklaces are lovely! I also especially love your ideas, the inspiration as well thought process behind! :)

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  12. What a lovely interpretation of the theme, I really like the colour of the earrings!

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  13. One of my favorite parts of the challenges is reading what each person's thought process is behind what they made. This is no exception. I love the twin necklace dark and light side of the moon concept, and that you chose stone that isn't at its best when not in optimally lit conditions. Brilliant! The earrings are like wearing the moon on each ear. I love the simplicity because I do not like to wear heavy complex earrings. Thanks for reading AE and for participating in the challenge! Hope to see you in future challenges.

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  14. Beautiful glass! And I'm another one who loves to see blue and copper together. What is the square stone, some sort of jasper, larvikite? It is stunning when the light hits it a certain way. Hope to see you for February's challenge. Will it be Hearts? Al.

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  15. You can't go wrong pairing copper with that shade of blue and I love the ear wires you created. The pendant necklaces are understated fabulousness. All very wearable pieces nicely done.

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  16. The holiday season got in the way of my plans for the December challenge too! Oh well, it's a new year, right? Your wirework is just enough to set off the complexity of the stones, and design on the Czech glass. I just confess, I have a few of the same beads in different colors in my own stash, some of them have been in my possession since I started beading! There is something entrancing about them, isn't there? I do hope your muses will continue to supply more inspiration and you will be able to play with us again soon!

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  17. I find the idea of showing the dark and light side of the moon by just using light and dark metal color so very creative! The blue beads are no doubt very beautiful and letting them shine alone in combination with copper was a good choice!

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  18. Hmm. Not sure if my comment went through? Love the geological spin!

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  19. Those bright blue coin beads are lovely... and perfect for the challenge. I couldn't see their pattern in the first pic, but when the light shows through them their heavenly theme shines! Nice job on your ear wires too. I need to try to do more of that. Your necklaces are simple and elegant... I love how your wire wrapping turned out.

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  20. I love your ear wires!! Everything looks lovely!

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  21. Beautiful creations! I love your creativity in using similar stone but different wires to get two entirely different-feeling necklaces. That stone is beautiful and definitely lunar looking. I always enjoy reading your blog posts!

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  22. What is this stone? the pattern on it is so interesting

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  23. Apologies for my late visit. I absolutely LOVE the jewelry you made, especially the interpretation of the light/dark sides of the moon. Looking forward to seeing more of your work in future challenges.

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  24. Lovely and sweet designs with an edge!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! :)