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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Contrasting Color Inspirations: CC7A March Reveal

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Welcome to my reveal for the March edition of our friendly monthly design challenge. This month, the Creative Continuum of Seven Artists (CC7A) is celebrating the beautiful components we received from Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime.

Since THIS is what I am seeing out my windows...


Back yard/front yard taken yesterday March 25 :(



 I was thrilled to get to play with THIS:




Sally sent each of us a collection of wonderful fire-polished Czech glass; mine are in these brilliant jewel tones, with cute superduos, accompanied by one of Kristi Bowman's amazingly detailed copperclay links. I was super busy and used almost every bead. Thank you so much, Sally!

Here ends the "talk" and what follows is the "walk" *TeeHee*



Bracelet


Enameled clasp from Kristen Varian, Bead Swede Supplies; dangles with artisan lampwork by Mona Sullivan, Mona's Lampwork, and Adinkra symbol headpins from Soul of Somanya.





Earring pairs


The first pair includes squared disc lampwork by Julie Burgard, Indian Creek Art Glass (Outwest). Flower components in #2 adapted from a tutorial by Claire Fabian (Saraccino). The third pair is my original experiment with 22g copper wire and super-duos. Two of these pairs will be part of my donation to Ears to You for the 100 Pairs 100 Days Challenge.



Necklace (95% finished... taken apart a dozen times... 
I'm still working out the lace!)


Handmade copperclay floral link by Kristi Bowman, Kristi Bowman Design, funky chicken lampwork focal by Linda Newnham, Earthshine Beads, and polymer clay beads by yours truly :)







As you can see, I went much "heavier" on the metals than I am accustomed... therein lies the beauty of a "challenge" :) Thank you, Alicia, for inviting all of us on this wonderful adventure. We'll do it again April 26th, yes? Loads more creating ahead of us!

Do check out what the other members of the Creative Continuum of Seven Artists have shared:



Christine... One Kiss Creations 
Cynthia... Antiquity Travelers 
Emma... A Polymer Penchant 
Sally... The Studio Sublime 
Therese... Therese's Treasures

29 comments:

  1. How very neat! I can't believe how many pieces you were able to create with your stash! Great use of the superduos!

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  2. Hi Monique,
    Wow I love the bracelet, earrings, and the necklace, they are awesome. You say you do not have vision with seed beads, well I say that you rocked the one and two hole beads it this challenge.
    Therese

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  3. Beautiful creations! I love all the colours. I'm especially drawn to turquoise for some reason. Winter is still hanging around here. Counting the days, minutes, seconds until I can get out in the garden...

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  4. Brilliant, Monique! All the pieces are awesome: I love how you mixed colours, media, techniques. The earrings are super-cute, while I love all of them, I am drawn to those pretty (and spring-calling) flowers. But what I love the most is seeing how beautifully you put together the bracelet: wire, lampwork, and enamel - yeah!

    I am so happy you (and not only you) are enjoying the challenge, and are taking your skills beyond the comfort zone, while having fun. That makes me feel so happy, since that was my intention, and it works!

    Yes, we'll go again next month, with Therese's choice of a theme :) That should produce interesting results! Thank you, my friend, for being part of the group and this special event: stay safe today (I hear you're not only battling snow, but a monster storm) and may this winter end soon!

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  5. Heavy Metal Funky Chicken is such a fun piece! The colors are fantastic ~ the beads you made go so well with the beads Sally sent you. The Earrings are gorgeous! Ears to You will certainly enjoy sharing them. And the bracelet is so pretty with the colors and the whimsical wire work. It looks like you had a Blast with this batch!

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  6. Monique, I LOVE the necklace, the funky little chicken and the way the yellow pops against the red and all the pretty mixed chain! Gorgeous! And the bracelet, the way the colors flow, it is such a beautiful, cheerful, fun piece. Oh, and the earrings, I think the first pair with the embroidery floss are my favorite! Beautiful work!

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  7. Wow! I love all your pieces - the colours are powerful. I never would have seen your finished pieces from the beads you started with. I especially love your necklace - I am a big fan of chain but usually do not incorporate it into my necklace - just add one or two with the necklace I am wearing --- this is a great idea. Thank you.

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  8. Oh my, that is one beautiful work of art!! I love the colors and the chain and your design is wonderful!

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  9. So beautiful, Monique! And so refreshing to see the colors. My favorite is the bracelet, I have to admit --it's just so happy.

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  10. What fun pieces! What a contrast to that crazy white landscape!

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  11. Wow look at you! That first bracelet had me do a double take, Monique? All these seed beads? I can't believe how perfect that clasp is with the czech. Indeed you are on some kind of esp/enamel wavelength. The earring each so different and charming. That necklace, wow! I bet it it just gorgeous on. Really wonderful work

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  12. Your jewelry is simply stunning. I'd feel pretty snazzy wearing it! Truly beautiful.

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  13. The bracelet is so fun, love the colors and also love all the earrings. The necklace looked like to was a challenge to create and definitely interesting to look at.

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  14. Monique your designs are very eclectic. Somehow you make everything work well together. Great job.

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  15. These are great designs but by far my favorite is the last one. It's so incredibly unique in it's color changes. Funky but DEAD ON. I love Linda's chicken and the polymer beads that go with it a just too cool. I'd just tie a single piece of the lace on it girlish kick and maybe put a strand of size 8 or bigger seed beads in a uniting color in it's place. It's a very cool piece.

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  16. OOOOO, maybe a lime green strand?

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  17. Wow .. all of those are gorgeous! You were super busy. I loved the bracelet and the earrings .. but wow . .that necklace is amazing!! Sally's theme of contrasting colors worked so well. You did a fantastic job.

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  18. oh my! so much amazing work here Monique! That bracelet is just so much fun and I LOVE those headpins .... this just screams spring (bring it already!) ... and those earrings - love how you worked the duos .... fantastic! and then that necklace .... fun and gorgeous with all those colors .... that chicken is awesome! as are your beads ... wow what a collection!

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  19. Wow, Monique! I love all your pieces. so bright, colourful and FULL OF LIFE! Such a wonderful greeting to Spring ( if it ever arrives!)

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  20. Wow...I truly love the bracelet....I love how the you have the chain going around it and the beads on the wire hooked in...excellent piece! Great job..Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Fantastic Monique - look at all your creations! AND, look at that snow....

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  22. Pretty bright colours, I like the bracelet best.

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  23. All of your pieces are lovely but that bracelet has a super special whimsical appeal. The wirework and the beads complement each other just perfectly!

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  24. LOVE that bracelet!! Got to share!

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  25. Love all the pieces! So colorful and uniquely designed! My favorite is the flower earrings! So elegant!

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  26. i love the face - gorgeous beads & bracelets. so fun & cheerful!! ( :

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  27. Beautiful!! The mix you received was definitely spring-inspired and you really let it sing. While all of your pieces are just great. I'm smitten with those two pairs of earrings that feature the super-duos (that's what they're called right?) Anyway. . .you really rocked this mix. I like the way you combined all the colors for such a 'fresh' feeling to all your pieces.

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  28. Your bead work is fantastic. Loved that bracelet.
    Wow your view outside is not so spring like.

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  29. what beautiful pieces! The first one in particular really caught my eye, gorgeous bright colours.

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