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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ARTEMIS May Week 2 Greek Gods and Goddesses Theme SRAJD Jewelry Challenge

Our theme for May is “Greek Gods/Goddesses” and the entries for this week’s design challenge were inspired by the theme of “Arteis: goddess of hunting, wilderness, wild animals, childbirth, and the moon”.

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Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard
A pair of gilded faux leather archer's wrist cuffs, fit for a goddess who hunts with a bow. Made from polymer clay, since I don't work with leather.

Nohline L'Ecuyer of Nohline L'Ecuyer
Fold form earrings to represent the moon and seeds for the harvest.  Sterling silver and gold foil.  I really struggled with this one. I wanted to try anticlastic forming, but I need many months of practice or some lessons to figure it out.

I focused on the moon aspect of Artemis by making some kiln-fired enamel components that I added a sterling silver chain to.

Jo Pound of Jewelry by Jolane

My earrings represent Artemis, god of hunting and the moon because of the arrowhead shapes and the silvery color of the moon.

Kristine Peshek  of Grey Feather Designs
The title of the piece is "Ariarrhod" and she is rather the Welsh equivalent of Artemis. She's a moon goddess, the bard's muse, and Queen of the Summer Stars. The Romans in Britain equated her with Diana, whom they also equated with Artemis in Greece.
The silver side focal seed is double sided. One sides shows the Goddess's face, with her hair blown and disarrayed by the wind from the stars. The other side shows her sitting natural and naked among a field of flowers. The three strands of the necklace are made up of Czech glass in dark and pale blue shades, opalite glass and moonstone slices, silver star spacers, and square dark AB crystals, I wanted to use all those shades of blue to show her as Queen of Air and Darkness. Since the silver focal is meant to be word to one side, it is counterbalanced by a Swarovski crystal AB square element, and dramatized by a double length of siver-toned chain.
Right now, Arianrhod is not listed on my Etsy page, as she has been kind of my personal muse.

Christine Kelley of Artisans of Old
One of the symbols for Artemis is the stag.
My piece is a circlet, which can also be worn as a necklace...with antique bronze stag centerpiece and Chinese knots and olivine crystals accents.

Ley Holloway of Vintage Beadery
This piece reflects the connection with wine and fertility, the deep reds of wine, also associated with lust and passion. It's a bit lopsided too,which is how most of us feel after drinking.
It's made using sea glass and bead weaving using vintage and modern beads.

Check the previous blog posts to see all the weekly challenge designs to date.   And keep an eye out for the upcoming challenges.

May Theme: Greek Gods and Goddesses
Weekly theme deadlines
May 5th Apollo, god of the sun, light, and healing
May 12th Artemis, goddess of hunting, wilderness, wild animals, childbirth, and the moon
May 19th Dionysus, god of wine, parties, madness, and ecstasy
May 26th Chronos, god of time

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