Thursday, August 13, 2015
Dreaming Tree Challenge Reveal...
Dreaming Tree Challenge. Before we get rolling, I wanted to express my gratitude to everyone who purchased a kit! Thank you! It's really exciting to see what people make. These lovely projects encourage us to keep doing what we're doing!
Each of the kits also included a Mystery Component! It's a surprise piece made by me. I forgot to reveal it this past month, so here it is! It's polymer clay and depicts and tree with star blossoms. I'm really drawn to this image, of a tree twinkling with starlight.
And without further ado... here's the reveal:
Nancy Noyes-Ward made these pieces. Here's what she had to say about them: "I love Andrew's pendant and the luxe bead mix was swoon-worthy! I worked up a prayer lariat in honor of my sister. It was a very cathartic piece to make. I saw the hibiscus beads and knew immediately that I wanted to use points with them to highlight the orange in the bead and the exact color of the hibiscus tree gift from my children. I am on the road and don't have the ear-wires I would like to use with these, but will add them when I return home. I have so many more earrings in mind! Thank you for a great challenge!"
Laurel Ross made these pieces. Here's what she had to say about them: "This challenge was sort of threefold for me. The waxed linen was a mistake. A BIG one! Instead of trimming it into the 2 meter lengths that are sold in the store, I trimmed an entire spool into 1 meter pieces. Whoops! So I had a lot of linen to play with. Here's another funny fact... I can't stand the feeling of it on my hands. So Challenge #1 – Use up the linen. My first piece was for the Pretty Palettes Challenge for July. I used 24 strands of linen and the inspiration was the Aurora Borealis. The star button closure is from Green Girl Studios."
"My other personal challenge (#2) was to get over my distaste for stones in chip form. Andrew had gotten in these beauties and as a tribute to my aunt, whose mantra was "if you like it, buy it in every color", I bought every strand of fluorite in the shop. Needless to say, after all the rest ringing and knotting, I only have two full strands of the original twelve left. My last challenge was to get this done in time! And I just barely made it. Once I determine how to finish the ends, I will have a pretty awesome fluorite collection to wear!"
These pieces were made by Cheryl Lee Tucker. Here's what she had to say about them: "I made a necklace and earring set using some lavender pearls with the nuggets. The lavender color is a subtle compliment to the cool green shades of the stones. I like the smooth sheen of the pearls offset by the earthy, chunky nuggets."
Cheryl Lee Tucker also made these pieces. Here's what she had to say about them: "For the wrap bracelet/necklace and matching earrings, I followed that same mixed up texture path. I had the stones in my collection and used the lovely Dreaming Tree component as a focal. The nubbly linen cord shows through and around the polished stones. I used gold findings to highlight and the gold branches of the Mystery Component. Hope you all like them!"
Dawn Berkebile made these pieces. Here's what she had to say about them: "So I chose this for my first challenge because of the color combination. It reminded me of the quilt squares I made with my mother while she was still alive. The set is shown with a couple of the squares. That was my inspiration."
Melissa Wynne made these pieces. Here's what she had to say about them: "I loved the colors and the great selection of beads. It's so soothing to sort them out. It's easy to get lost in the colors and textures. I used to work almost exclusively with seed beads and delicas, but due to my older eyes, I've gotten away from them. The glass flower beads I selected for earrings "wanted" me to try to them again and it was nice to find out that I could still work with the tiny beads. The stones for the necklace were challenging to string, but to my surprise, I was able to work with them too! The wrap bracelet can be worn as a necklace. I used a magnetic clasp to make it a snap to put on and take off."
These pieces were made by Valerie Tilghman. Here's what she had to say about them: "I love fluorite! It's a soft stone but has such an amazing display of color. Such a wonderful gift from Mother Earth! Being that it is such a soft stone, using fluorite in a necklace lowers the risk of damage to the stone and allows everyone to see up close how beautiful they are. I used the lovely artwork made with the loving hands of Andrew as a focal for a bracelet. Being able to see it on the wrist will always remind us of how strong we are as a tree and all of the twists and turns that life brings are the branches. Last, but not least, the earrings! The center beads with the burst of color just screamed earrings! Paired with the lavender and hematite accents I look forward to wearing my favorite colors."
These pieces were made of Donna Hoblit of VeraDonna Treasures. Here's what she had to say about them: "The set on the left are my favorite style of jewelry with a bit of whimsy in the earrings. The pieces feature lampwork by Jill Symons and Julie Burgard. The fine pewter Grow Strong tree is from Green Girl Studios. The set on the right pushed me out of my comfort zone. I used smaller beads and with the lampwork glass by Julie Burgard and the glass bauble capsule by Green Girl Studios. I put the smallest of the beads in the capsule."
This ring was made by me! I've been on a kick making rings and after playing around with the components didn't want to stop! So I found a way to work them into a ring.
Since I made this ring for the Dreaming Tree challenge, I didn't want to have a plain band. So I twisted, hammered and soldered wire together and created a band that's supposed to be stylized roots.
You might be wondering how I worked beads from the kit into the ring. It's simple! I smashed them! I made a mold of a stone, mixed the pulverized fluorite bits with resin. Once it was cured, I dyed the resin with alcohol inks to make it look more like a solid piece of fluorite. Once that was ready, I bezel set it.
But wait... there's more! Check out what these participants made for the Dreaming Tree Challenge! Make sure to hop around and comment on all the amazing creations! Everyone did such a wonderful job!
Andrew Thornton, Nancy Noyes-Ward, Laurel Ross, Cheryl Lee Tucker, Dawn Berkebile, Melissa Wynne, Valerie Tilghman and Donna Hoblit
Up next is the Warrior Stone Challenge! I hope you'll swing by and see what everyone made for it! The reveal date is scheduled for Thursday, September 10th.
The next kit goes on SALE TOMORROW! The new kit is called, Brave Angel. It's a Special Challenge and is breast cancer awareness-themed.