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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

KINTSUGI August Week 1 CONCEPTS Theme SRAJD Jewelry Challenge

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Our theme for August is “CONCEPTS” and the entries for this week’s design challenge were inspired by the theme of “Kintsugi”. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. 

Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard
This polymer clay bead was in my boo-boo box after I accidentally drilled a hole in the wrong place, and then made it worse by trying to drill another. For this challenge, I glued a gold seed bead in the accidental exit hole on the front and dressed up the other holes with beaded tassels and things.

Cheryl KauhaaPo of Jungle Beads
My quest was to find something that would mirror the veins of gold in the pottery. The design in the square 24k vermeil bead gave me that feeling. 24k findings with garnet beads and 14k ear wires, measuring 2 1/4" long.

Jo Pound of Jewelry by Jolane
I did a Cellini spiral bracelet with a bronze center bead to represent the Kintsugi concept that the crack is now the design in the pottery. 

Laura Harrison Bosch of Multibeadia Designs
I bought several of these 70mm/3" Yellow Turquoise Donuts my very first trip to Tucson in 2003. I've kept this broken one waiting for the perfect plan. Putting it back together using the break as part of the design is such a brilliant idea. Lots of seed beads & turquoise chips fill the center & path on both side.

Laura Bracken of Bracken Designs Studio Art Jewelry
To embrace the concept of this challenge, I took a broken item from my box of unusable jewelry components. This particular piece was a hollow donut shape pendant that “exploded” in the kiln, ripping the seam in two areas. To breathe new life into it, I filled the gaping wounds with polymer clay then a resin and gold powder mixture.

Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxee Styx
"May The Wings Of The Butterfly Kiss The Sun" I actually did the metal work on this piece a while ago and finally finished the necklace for this challenge. I thought this was a perfect example of turning a flaw into a design element. The butterfly was originally one piece. I over worked the metal, and cracked it in half. To salvage it, I made my first hinge, and now the butterfly flaps his wings.

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

August’s themes and deadlines: Concepts
August 4th Kintsugi
August 11th Recycling
August 18th Opposites
August 25th Communication

September’s themes and deadlines: Fairy Tales
Sept 1: Sleeping Beauty
Sept 8: Little Red Riding Hood
Sept 15: Rumpelstiltskin
Sept 22: Beauty and the Beast
Sept 29: Rapunzel 

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