Friday, December 03, 2010

The Challenge of Color Blog Hop

Erin Prais-Hintz of Treasures Found had a wonderful idea of using paint chips as a way to spark the imagination of beaders to create jewelry in harmonious colors.


For this particular challenge, I let Erin choose a color palette for me -- this has been my year of pushing myself to create outside my normal favorites of pink and purple.  This is the chip she sent me:


Bauhaus Gold, Blue Navy, Sweet Champagne, and Emerging Bud.  My son Zachary promptly told me these are the colors he wants his playroom painted.  


If you've looked at my jewelry, you can tell -- these are NOT my colors.  I tend towards the bright and colorful, or, if I move towards the earthy, they don't usually fall into this color scheme.  But far be if for me to shrink from a challenge!


I made two pieces.  The first is a piece using a polymer clay magnolia made by Sharon Palac.  Right now, her polymer clay pieces are moving to a new shop, but if you contact her, you might be able to sweet-talk her into parting early with some of her stash!


Here it is ... "Emerging Buds Over a Sweet Magnolia".



I tried to use all four colors of the paint chip.  There's Sweet Champagne in the magnolia, Navy Blue (although translucent) in the large leaves, Emerging Bud in the smaller leaves, and Bauhaus Gold in the center of the Magnolia as well as the smaller yellow beads peeking out beneath the leaves.  The pendant dangle from a sterling silver chain -- very sweet and Southern, don't you think.


The next piece took a LOT of time.  I wired dozens and DOZENS of tiny dyed Emerging Bud green keshi pearls to make little charms.  We're talking I went through two episodes of CSI while wrapping these little things.  I then added some vintage beads in a matte finish -- a perfect color to match the Sweet Champagne -- and added it to handmade lampwork beads by Dawn White.  Her beads had ALL the colors of the paint chip within.  Ready for this?


Totally my STYLE of bracelet, just not my normal choice of colors -- at all.


I call this one "The Bauhaus Meets The Navy".

So which is your favorite?  Do you think I worked in the spirit of the paint chip and got The Challenge of the Color?

I enjoyed the challenge. I like being pushed outside my box (that box is getting mighty lonely lately) and I'm always eager to see how my customers respond to these pieces.  The inspiration?  A stroll through my copious bead collection.  I took out beads I'd bought in the distant past but hadn't figure out what to do with them yet.  Perhaps I need more challenges?

Thanks to Erin for the concept -- you can see the original post by clicking here.

Please visit the other participants -- (to the other participants -- I'm out of town but PROMISE to visit you when I get back!)



Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

39 comments:

  1. Both gorgeous designs, and they express the color combination beautifully. I've used paint chips often for inspiration. They help me think outside my usual palette. Sometimes I like the results, sometimes I don't.

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  2. I'm such a sucker for keshis - so "The Bauhaus Meets The Navy" is officially my new favorite piece!

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  3. I LOVE the bracelet and can totally tell it took a long time to make - that just makes it mroe special.

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  4. Lori, they are both beautiful, but there was somethhing in the necklace that captured me.

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  5. these are beautiful peices..i love the dark blue and green together.
    lovely

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  6. I love them both. Do I think you worked it the spirit of the color palette? Honey, I think you worked in, around, under, over and through it!

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  7. Great job, Lori! Both pieces look wonderful. I am partial the the bracelet though. Going to have to check out Dawn's beads.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

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  8. I think you nailed it! Good for you, for daring to go beyond your comfort zone :) They are both gorgeous pieces and I love Sharon's Magnolia, but that bracelet is simply yummmmmmy!

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  9. Lori, you can sure take ANY color palette and make it yours - beautifully. Both the pendant and bracelet are just so goreous. I can appreciate how long it must have taken to make the dangles for the bracelet - ooooh, just love those pearls and lampwork beads by Dawn White. And Sharon's focal - I love florals and it is one beautiful bead as well. I bet these will sell this weekend super fast at the show, if you still have them.
    Looking forward to seeing you tonight! :-)

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  10. Goodness, Lori, what beautiful pieces! I can't imagine wire-wrapping all those keishi pearls...but it's so worth it. You can definately tell that's a Lori bracelet, even if it's in different colors. That's my favorite.

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  11. Both are lovely creation but the bracelet is really awesome.

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  12. I love the focal in the first but the second one really sings. I adore those keshi pearls because they remind me of little bouquets of flowers. There is also something very meditative about all that wire wrapping! They are both beautiful!!!

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  13. WOW Lori! Your pieces are great. I too loved being moved out of my comfort zone. :) Your bracelet is drool-worthy. The pearls, the beads, MMMMMM.

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  14. Great work, Lori. Just goes to show - you don't have a problem working outside your comfort zone. I just love the bracelet -so you!

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  15. I really love that bracelet. You must be really fast at wire wrapping if it only took 2 CSI's.
    And while these colors might not be "you", the bracelet is totally "you". Very, very nice!!

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  16. Great googly moogly! You rose to the challenge that I threw down for you! I am most impressed when people chose to have me surprise them like you did because I purposely picked colors I knew would be a challenge for you! You have introduced me to someone new for lampwork. And those green pearls are so fluttery and feminine. I like the second one most of all (but I didn't realize that Sharon made things like that?!) I am so glad that you jumped in. It is so fun to play with friends.
    Thank you for sharing your color and inspiration with the world!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  17. the time spent wire wrapping the pearls was well worth it~'gorgamous'!( & I feel your pain, remember my blue bead swap bracelet,'bout 3 1/2 hours of just wrapping went into it!)You made these colours your own.

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  18. I have to say that the bracelet is my first and necklace is second but they are both OUTSTANDING and GORGEOUS! WOW!!!!

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  19. Oooh...I can't decide which I like best because they are both gorgeous. I love the palette she sent you AND what you did with it.

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  20. I would wear that bracelet every day! Gorgeous :)

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  21. Wow, I really love the bracelet. When I first looked at your paint chip I thought, how will she work the "emerging bud" in there? But wow, did you ever! All of those little green pearls look so pretty with the lampwork beads. Gorgeous!

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  22. this bracelet is wonderful. I love the beads and all the wire wrapped detail. sweet.

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  23. The bracelet is stunning, I love those keshi pearls. You did an excellent job keeping to the colour scheme:)

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  24. Oh, Lori, I think you nailed it perfectly. Talk about two home runs! But the one that grabs my attention and doesn't let it go is that bracelet - it's breathtaking!

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  25. Love them as always Lori - I'm never sure about keshi pearls but I adore them here! Not the colours we're used to seeing here, it is great to be challenged in a new direction, isn't it?

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  26. Lori you TOTALLY earned an A+ on this challenge! I JUST LOVE the bracelet! Your time was well spent because those clusters of pearls seem like the bracelet is blowing kisses to us! :)

    You've really expanded your horizons all year Lori, and I've been enjoying each new design you share!

    Have a fantastic weekend!

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  27. Lori, sorry, girlfriend, I can't choose a fave. They're BOTH gorgeous!!! It was definitely worth it to take the time to wire-wrap all of those keishi petals. They're perfect when married with the lampwork and vintage beads. I do love the magnolia pendant. You're right, it has a very southern feel, and you've implemented the palette beautifully. As always, I love your work!

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  28. Lori, I think I liked #1 the best. Those wouldn't be my choice of colors, either, but I think you did a great job!

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  29. Oh my goodness, Lori! I LOVE that necklace! And the bracelet is STUNNING! You totally got all the colors, and did great in this challenge! I'm absolutely amazed by your talent.

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  30. I love The Bauhaus Meets The Navy, love it! But I'm always drawn to lampwork, I love the pearl clusters with it. Both pieces are stunning!

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  31. I especially like the bracelet and think it uses all the colors well.

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  32. Lori I absolutely adore your bracelet and the wire wrap in ingenious.Be Blessed

    SandysColoringBox.blogspot.com

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  33. Love, love, love the bracelet. You have such patience to sit there and wire wrap all those pearls. I love the color combination!

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  34. WTG, Lori! If this is thinking outside the box for you, one would never guess it. These are just beautiful, both of them. Congrats! --SallyA

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  35. Gorgeous designs as always Lori. Such rich, bold colours. I think the bracelet is my favourite. Well done!

    Karyn
    Australia

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  36. What you did with those keshi pearls is sheer genius! Sometimes the work is worth it! The lampwork is gorgeous--I don't think I've ever seen those kinds of patterns in lampwork before. Love them with the ornate clasp.

    You coulda fooled me! I'd have thought you were a pastel pro!

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  37. They are both gorgeous and I love the colors but I think I like the bracelet better... of course I'm biased! :)

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  38. All that CSI watching was totally worth it. That's such a great, funky color combination--but still a pretty Lori thing. I'm off to go checkout the other chippers!

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  39. I would say the bracelet is my favorite but I'm a sucker for lampwork and keishi pearls :) Those two CSI episodes were worth all the wrapping on those.

    Both pieces are beautiful!

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