Saturday, February 28, 2015

Reveal Day for AJA Blog Hop Challenge

I was chosen to be a guest participant for this months Art Jewelry Elements blog hop challenge. Each month one member of the AJE team  makes components to share for a blog hop challenge. They also choose guest participants and I am SO happy to have been chosen to receive a gorgeous copper sunflower made with precious metal clay  by Melissa Meman. Just look at these!


She also made these which were sent to the other participants. All gorgeous!!



So, I have had my beautiful flower for a few weeks but didn't know the exact date of the reveal. Silly me and also too many hours at the day job. But I had started designing it and finished the necklace tonight. Well, to start with I have misplaced my favorite needle nose pliers. I used a file to score one side of it  so I can be sure to make loops all the same size when making a piece of jewelry. Shoot! It's ok though, I have another pair but not scored.  So, I decided to use this lovely ceramic bird

 made by Gaea Handmade . I had been totally stumped as to what to use it for but I paired it with the copper sunflower, a copper circle with leaves wrapping around it  and I love them together. I added some wound copper wire to make it look nesty which I also used to connect all the components.

I then needed the necklace part. I wanted to use chain and I chose an oval link chain from my stash  but I didn't feel that it was enough by itself. So I  picked out some African turquoise heishi. I  LOVE African turquoise.  And some larger bronzite heishi as I felt they complimented each other and blended with the colors of the other components. I made a beaded chain linked together with 20 gauge antiqued copper wire. I used 5 turquoise heishi in each section. For the bronzite I felt three was too much and two pieces too little so I did three then two so it wouldn't overwhelm the turquoise.I think I will antique the clasp still.


And this is the final result. I hope you like it.



Thank you, Melissa,  for choosing me to participate. I absolutely love this sunflower pendant and will treasure it.
Below is the list of the artists in this months challenge. Be sure to check them out. :o)

18 comments:

  1. Really pretty necklace. I love the colors and design.

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  2. Lovely! I love the play of green and copper, and all the textures you have going on. Thanks for playing along with us this month!

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  3. looks fantastic - very rustic and earthy

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  4. I adore the earthiness of your necklace! And Gaea's bird looks great with Melissa's pendant! The wire wrapped ring is a great touch of texture and whimsy and a clever way to bring the two elements together. I adore the color and texture you have going on throughout. Gorgeous!

    Thank you for participating in the design challenge and for reading AJE!

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  5. I love the colors you chose to use with the metal --gorgeous!

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  6. Patty, thank you so much for participating in the challenge! What a gorgeous design...I love the addition of the sweet bird and circular vining component. Beaded chains are a favorite of mine as well and yours is perfect with your focal. Absolutely stunning!

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  7. Thank you for all the wonderful comments. And thanks again Melissa for letting me play this month. I will comment later as I have been up all night. I have really enjoyed this.

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  8. My favorite thing in this necklace is use of chain. It looks very different and unsophisticated with turquoise. Really nice!

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  9. Wow - I love how you used Gaea's bird bead with the focal. And the chain design is stunning. Well done!

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  10. Oh wow such a beautiful necklace, I love the colours you chose and the little bird goes so well with Melissa's focal a really great design!

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  11. I absolutely love what you did with Melissa's beautiful component! The bird is beautiful and what you did with the chain is amazing. Beautiful job!!!

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  12. Thank you Prakruti, Karen, Niky and Kristi! I treasure comments from such renowned artists! I loved participating this month. I hope to do it again. <3
    Patty

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  13. Stunning necklace; lovely colours, beautiful pieces, everything match so well together. :)

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  14. Hi Patty, thank you for joining us this month! I love how the copper round mimics a nest for the bird, and love how you highlighted Melissa's component!

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  15. Thanks Suntsa and Sue. I wondered if anyone go t the circle mimicking a nest. :o) I did want Melissa's component to be the star of the show. Thanks for having me. I loved it.

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  16. Gorgeous! I love the muted colours, they work perfectly together.

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  17. Oh, thank you, Caroline.I really appreciate you commenting. you are one of my fav artists! <3

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  18. Greens and coppers are always lovely together! I like the pendant as a floral element paired with the ceramic bird.

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