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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

DIONYSUS May Week 3 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 “Dionysus, god of wine, parties, madness, and ecstasy”.

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JeriEllyn Leggieri of Images By Jer

Sandra Allen of BlissWorks Studio
Bead woven & embroidered brooch/pendant features a wine swirled vintage Italian cabochon, beads reminiscent of grapes, matte black spikes, and cultured freshwater pearls like drops of wine.

Jo Pound of Jewelry by Jolane
The earrings are ready for a party, with a deep purple for the grapes that the wine starts with!

Rosemarie Cahall of Artistic Creations by Rose
My piece is representing Dionysus, god of wine & parties.  Whimsical Custom Created and carefully sculpted with Sterling Silver Plate and Burgundy glass beads representing grape, my "One of a kind" Piece!

Kim Forrer of Kim Forrer Designs
I envision Dionysus (the God of wine) wearing this cuff of sterling silver grape vines, juicy red Garnet and luscious purple Amethyst grapes.....

Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard
I used gold artistic wire, Czech glass leaves, and Swarovski pearls to create this wild vineyard wire crochet necklace to celebrate the god of wine.

Tammie Everly of TTE Designs
A bit of a stretch as its beer and not wine, but I thought they were pretty clever. 'Beer-rings' certainly make a statement.

Meri "Roo" Garrett-Perez of Fire and Sand Studio
I made this large lampwork pendant using several layers of glass in various colors to give the bead depth and included dichro, which is what makes it sparkle. 
The grapes, leaves and vines are all made from my own recipes of hand pulled cane, which is to say that I swiped hot glass onto other colors of glass, then pulled it into tiny rods of glass about the size of a pencil lead or smaller in order to create the dimensions of color in the grapes or the different colors in the leaves. 
This is the best theme ever since I'm pretty sure Dionysys is my Patron Saint. I love wine. I love vineyards and grapevines. I love how grapes have such a pleasing shape on the vine ...they always look so relaxed just hanging out in the sun. And I must say I was very surprised at just how difficult it was to make grape colors in glass. The green grapes were actually easier to make than mixing the purples. I've never had to work so hard at making a bead before!

Nohline L'Ecuyer of Nohline L'Ecuyer
Dionysus, Greek God of Wine - PMC, fine silver, sterling silver and cultured fresh water pearls. This was the 4th idea I had for this challenge. The heat kept me out of the studio to do what I had originally planned. I do like how this came out.

Nohline L'Ecuyer of Nohline L'Ecuyer
Dionysys, Greek God of Wine, Necklace of PMC, sterling and fine silver, cultured fresh water pearls. 
The part I am most proud of is the clasp which is made of PMC for the leaf. The grapes are fine silver which was melted into small balls and then fused together. First time I have done any type of granulation.

Kelly Hosford Patterson of PyxeeStyx
"Night at the Acropolis" - The wine flowed, the music played, and the Gods danced all night long. 
A lute sculpted in copper. Ten separate pieces soldered together, and then the strings were wired on to create the three dimensional instrument. Wrapped in a sea of twirling grape vines, with ruby Jade grape clusters. Centered between two wire wrapped Lyre, and two sections of Laurel leaf wreath. A laurel wreath is traditionally made with twelve sets of leaves to represent each of the twelve Gods of Mt. Olympus. I used just twelve leaves due to space constraints. One leaf for each God rather than a set. The leaves are wrapped in Merlot sari silk. Finishing off the back with the sari silk for a comfortable wear. 
I am really proud of how this piece turned out. I mentioned that it was ambitious, but that was a bit of an understatement. This instrument is so far beyond my skill level. I'm completely blown away that I was able to pull this off. Soldering is one of the skills I still greatly struggle with. I was completely winging it. Not to mention I didn't even know about this challenge until Saturday night. This might be one of the coolest things I've ever made. 

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

And start preparing for June’s themes:  Exotic Landmarks
June 2nd Kyoto, Japan
June 9th Deadvlei, Namibia
June 16th Antelope Canyon, USA
June 23rd Angkor wat, Cambodia
June 30th Marble Caves, Chile
(Google of Bing these places and click on IMAGES for inspiration)

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Nohline said...

Wow, just look at this creativity flow like wine! Great photos as well!

Carol Briody said...

Each piece is so unique and amazingly crafted! Congratulations to all for representing this theme so wonderfully!

touch of silver said...

Love seeing all these creations...so unique and pleasing!

Pamela Hollis said...

Well, at least we know what inspires SRAJD - WINE. Absolutely great designs and execution on the Dionysus Challenge, all!