Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mostly Metal Challenge...

The summer has been packed with creative challenges! Michelle Mach kindly hosted the Mostly Metal Challenge! She created design kits from pieces purchased from B'Sue Boutiques and put together three different types of categories: Antique Brass Romantic, Filigree Fun, and Gunmetal Love. My kit was of the Filigree Fun variety.

I've been really pressed for time with the preparations for the opening of Allegory Gallery, assembling the Design Team, and coordinating the Fundraiser, but I still wanted to participate and create a piece from the Kit I received in the mail. My mystery components included two gold-tone, brass wings. I decided to focus my energy on these pieces. I riveted the wings onto an abstract copper focal piece that I made and drilled holes in the tips of the wings to be hung from. (Yes, all the parts move!) I then added a copper-colered Swarovski crystal bead with a filigree cap from Ezel Findings. I then added the vintage German crystal and the different kinds of chain and a few Swarovski crystal wire-wrapped links. All of the Swarovski crystals came from Fusion Beads. A bronze toggle from Saki Silver, that has both the bronze and copper colors in it, ties the piece together. It's a fairly simple piece, but I like all the little details and mixtures of metals and the winged focal I created with the Mystery Components.

I was able to have a lot of fun making this. Please take a few moments to check out what my fellow Mostly Metal Challengers created:


Antique Brass Romantic


Filigree Fun

Gunmetal Love

18 comments:

Stepha said...

This is absoutly stunning. I have enjoyed watching the designers post thier finished designs.

pinkchapeau said...

Andrew, the necklace is lovely. I love the subtle coloring.

Michelle Mach said...

I love how you used those wings! I knew you would do something wonderful with them. (Looking at how you've used them, I'm really glad I sent two--I almost sent only one.) Thanks for taking the time for this challenge. I know your plate is very full!

Alice said...

Andrew, what a wonderful piece! I love that all the parts move--how unique (but I'd be playing with the moving parts all day long if I wore it)!

Cyndi L said...

Love it! The wings are great, and I love how you used them to frame your own component!!

CraftyHope said...

Oh Andrew,
It's a beautiful piece. Pressed for time and stressed and you may be with everything else that's going on, you really did a great job! I'm so glad to hear you had some fun while creating it too.

Bead Lola Bead said...

Andrew ~ I love this necklace! Those wings are calling to me . . .

Lutka And Co. said...

Wow, that is a piece of art! Nice!

bwheather said...

I'm so intrigued that all the pieces move. How wonderful. Also love that you did some rivet work. Great end result, too. ;-)

JeannieK said...

OMG articulate pieces, how cool!

I'm suprised, but glad you had time to pull this off. Bravo!

There is just something about wings in jewelry I love. So ethereal. The vintage German crystal is booteefull!

GhastlyX said...
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Jean said...

Now i have it! This is lovely winged beauty! Wonderful work!

Pam Chesbro said...

You make something so difficult, look so easy! Love the wearable simplicity of this necklace. Love the movement!

Steph L. said...

So simple, yet so gorgeous! Great job!

SummersStudio said...

Love that focal!

Shyme said...

what a really beautiful necklace!!

TesoriTrovati said...

That is just gorgeous, Andrew!

Eileen Bergen said...

I love what you did with the wings and that all the parts move.

Best of luck with the gallery!