Thursday, June 18, 2015

Splendid Procession Challenge Reveal...

Today is the day for the Splendid Procession Challenge!  Much gratitude goes out to all the participants!  I have been having a lot of fun looking at all the different pieces made with the kit!

The colors of the kit were inspired by watermelon tourmaline and I drew inspiration from some of the depictions of faerie processions.  This is what was included in the kit.

Each of the kits also included a Mystery Component made by me!  I made these polymer clay butterfly wings with colored resin embellishments.  It's a fake cloisonné look.  I also touched up each pendant with iridescent paints and pigments.

And without further ado.... here's the reveal:

This piece was made by Laurel Ross.  Here's what she said:  "The base of this necklace is made of hand-dyed silk ribbon.  I used waxed linen to tie on beads and add texture to the piece.  It can be worn as a necklace or a funky wrap bracelet."

This piece was made by Debbie Rogers.  Here's what she had to say about it:  "I call this necklace, "Splendid Whimsy".  It was a labor of love for the bead challenge.  One look at the beads and the ideas and inspiration just flowed.  My inspiration was the fairies and flowers of the forest.  Every step I took in making this piece was guided as if by magical forest creatures whispering in my ear, telling me exactly what to do next.  I imaged them gathering things and their tiny hands making it all come to life."

This necklace was made by Lisa Mendum.  Here's what she had to say about it:  "It was wonderful to work with this color palette.  The butterfly wing focal was the best!  After I opened the challenge kit, I went into my bead stash and found a magnetic clasp and some chain which I made into a multi-strand necklace.  I hope everyone likes it!"

This necklace was made by Kathleen.  Here's what she had to say about it:  "I just love this colorway!  I always think of red and green as Christmas, but that mindset has been forever changed.  I wanted all the colors to be visualized, so I made a simple multi-strand necklace."

This necklace was made by me.  One of the techniques that I fall back on is embellishing chain with wire-wrapped dangles.  I think it gives pieces an opulent look and has a lot of movement.  It's also a great way to use up seemingly random assortments and makes them work together.  I think the necklace has a very lush look, almost like a magical garden!  I used a bronze toggle from Saki Silver and I think it goes with the piece perfectly!  The other nice thing is that the decorative clasp can be worn in the front, in the back, or off to the side depending on which beads you want to highlight.

But wait... there's even more to see! Check out what these participants made for the Splendid Procession Challenge:

Up next is the Endless Sky Challenge!  I hope you'll join us on the reveal date.  It's scheduled for Thursday, July 16th!


Shaiha said...

What incredible eye candy! All of the designs are so lush and dreamlike.

Anonymous said...

This was a wonderful challenge and kit. The inspiration was perfect, and I loved the whole feel of what everyone made.

Laurel: I love your ribbon necklace/wrap bracelet! I had thought about using ribbon like this. I have a strand that I bought because it is the colors of watermelon tourmaline, which I love. But I didn't have a good idea. What you have done here is perfect!

Debbie: Your necklace is beautiful. There are so many little treasures! I love the wire tendrils. It looks straight out of one of the pictures Andrew shared on his blog. I'm in love with the tassel.

Lisa: Your necklace is gorgeous. There is so much pretty there I could keep looking at it and looking at it. I love how you use the wing and flower.

Kathleen: I love your necklace. Beautiful multistrand balance and use of the pendant. I always worry about green/red/christmasy too, but this really helped me with that as well! (I also have an issue with green and gold because of our football team here!)

Andrew: Your necklace does look opulent and lush. My favorite look! The colors are perfectly balanced. It's really lovely. Thanks for another wonderful challenge.

Inner Muse Jewelry Design said...

Laurel: I love the pretty, silk ribbon. It gives the necklace a vibrant flair. It's great that it can serve a dual function as necklace or wrap bracelet. Very cool!!

Debbie: Your inspiration really took you to fantastic places with this design! I love the wire and beads and the tassel is so pretty. It looks exactly like something a fairy princess would wear.

Lisa: Gorgeous and richly colored necklace! I love how you nestled the butterfly wing into the flower. It looks like a butterfly that is drinking up nectar in a beautiful flower garden.

Kathleen: I agree! The red/green palette has now taken on new meaning for me as well. I love your dense and garden-inspired necklace design. Great job!!

Andrew: Your wire-wrapped necklace is a feast for the eyes! I love the density and color variation and I can imagine the kinetics of the components add visual interest to design. Lovely work as always!!

Marybeth said...

Beautiful pieces everyone! I love how every piece captures the faerie theme in such a different way!

Lisa Mendum said...

So many beautiful things created by such talented people!

Alison Herrington said...

Laurel! I love it, it's right up my alley! I like that you weighted the ends with the cones, thats such a great idea!
Debbie, I can see the fairys in my mind just looking at your necklace! I am especially fond of the green wire spirals that you did!
Lisa, great way to use the wing AND the flower as one focal! Love it!
Kathleen, it's definitely not simple LOOKING, it's gorgeous! great job!
Andrew, your wire wrapping skills are amazing! Beautiful bracelet! Thanks for hosting! As always... a blast!