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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RECYCLING August Week 2 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 “RECYCLING”.

Sherri Jones of SenoJ Designs
My first thought was what can I do with dominoes. Well, this is what I came up with. I double drilled about twenty dominoes before I got it right. Here is my finished product a stretchable Dominoe Bracelet with small wooden spacers in between.

Jo Pound of Jewelry by Jolane
I was given this very old shoe decoration to fix and I decided to use it for the recycling challenge. So I did a bead embroidery bracelet with a recycled shoe ornament.

Linda Knight of Knightsparkle Jewelry
I was taken by the beauty of this vintage Victorian belt buckle and chose to create an uncluttered design that would allow the piece to conjure images of its elegant past.

Jamie Thompson of SUMERTHYME
It was great when I realized "recycle" was a challenge! I had salvaged an old copper bracelet to make this suite. I love copper and especially with turquoise! I think this worked up well!

Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard
I placed images cut from pages of a catalog inside bottle caps and sealed with resin to make these earrings.

Kerry Collett of CeltCraft Designs
This is an empty wine bottle slumped into a mold that turns it into a candle holder. 

Kim Forrer of Kim Forrer Designs
I found this old belt at a barn sale for a quarter. It had a big stain on it but the leather is really soft and flexible so I cut off the bad part, added some rivets and a snap and turned it into a cuff.

Caroline de Rijke of CaroBijoux
I had lots of ideas for this theme but this one is totally recycled! The three ornaments I used for this necklace, were thrown away by someone....I found bits and pieces, so I don't know what it was in its origin. The materials are metal/silver and I like the texture very much!

Susan Estrada of cserpent Designs
My hubby started doing target practice and brought back a big bucket of bullet shells. I saw some cool (and sparkly!) rhinestone chain in brass and decided to see what jewelry design I could make with bullet shells. This one happens to be a 9mm Luger shell. I drilled a hole in the top of each shell, added the rhinestone chain and some vintage Swarovski turquoise opal rhinestones that I set in brass and topped it off with angelite.

Laura Bracken of Bracken Designs Studio Art Jewelry
For my first recycled piece, I took pennies (who uses pennies anymore?!) and torch enameled some basic geometric designs in bold colors. I then linked them to an old bit of chain I found while out walking one day.

Laura Bracken of Bracken Designs Studio Art Jewelry 
For my second recycled design, I revisited my entry for a previous challenge but decided to expand the color palette this time. These are all vintage Bingo game chips. I punched holes in them then added sterling jumprings and earwires. Super fun, super lightweight, and super recycled.

Laura Bracken of Bracken Designs Studio Art Jewelry
For my final recycled pieces, I decided to go with something near and dear to my heart. I personally stopped wearing a watch about 20 years ago. These are some of my old watches that I’ve taken the mechanics out of (to use in other recycled projects). I’ve filled the old watch works with important messages about time. The first one is a Gandhi quote (There is more to life than increasing its speed), the middle one is a Jane Austen quote (I cannot be dictated to by a watch), and the third one is an affirmation (Time is elastic to my needs). 

Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxee Styx
"The Shape of My Heart" - two large battered Baroque Pearls have been fastened together into a sutured heart. Now mended, it must be treated with care. Pages from an encyclopedia, tout "How To" instructions, such as "Grace", "Guard", and "Growth", wrapped around empty thread spools. A collection of vintage mother of pearl buttons, from my grandmother's button jar, were used as links, as well as part of the clasp. The figure 8 links were made of annealed steal wire scraps from a hatstand project, hence the irregular sizes. A vintage key, wire wrapped with peacock luster fresh water pearls becomes part of the chain. Lots of sari silk snippets are worked in for texture. The back is finished off with a section of metallic rick-rack ribbon. A couple of Raku art beads by Star Spirit Studio, Tiaria glass Crystals from ZnetShows.com, and filligree pewter cage beads, have been thrown into the mix for a little sparkle, but this project consists mainly of recycled parts.  Theme music "The Shape of my Heart" by Noah and the Whale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Q2b2uTlHY

Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxee Styx
"Off The Cuff" - an accordion form-folded piece of aluminum, a scrap from another failed project, became the base form of this cuff bracelet. Wrapped in recycled sari silk ribbon. The worn cuff of my favorite blue jeans, chopped and fasted strategically. a bit of bright blue wool peeks through A star-burst bobby pin with Labradorite like center becomes a focal. Wire wrapped with Amazonite, and African Silverleaf gemstones and fresh water pearls, for a little bit of bling. 

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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1 comment:

PyxeeStyx said...

Wow! What awesome entries. Love the quotes used in the watches, and the shoe clip turned beaded cuff, Gorgeous! So bummed I missed this challenge. I pretty much could have submit anything I make, as I recycle everything, but I managed to sleep through the deadline. :(