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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DOWNTON ABBEY EDWARDIAN STYLE October Week 1 Iconic Eras Theme SRAJD Jewelry Challenge

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Our theme for October is “Iconic Eras:Real and Fictional” and the entries for this week’s design challenge were inspired by the theme of “The Edwardian Era… or Downton Abbey Style".

Diane Perry of Catcophany Wearable Art
The initial design was for a friend who adores Downton Abbey-it was a hit with her and morphed into this representation- Swarovski pearls, filigree and copper. 

Maxine Booth of Perfectly Practical
Somehow the combination of antiqued brass in the front piece and dangling deep blue crystals, along with the gentle loop of brass chain suggest to me that one of the dowagers from Downton Abbey would have chosen this piece. They're not in this picture, but there are small cobalt blue crystal 'ear bobs' to match. 

Lori O’Heren of Clover Blue

Juanita Day of River’s Edge Creations
The love of old keys and the Downton Abbey style inspired this necklace. Beaded glass rosary chain makes a great combination with a vintage key from the early 1900's. Small crystals in a deep garnet shade are added to the smaller brass chain for additional sparkle. 

Mary E. Mallia of Jewels for Scheherazade
This opera length necklace was inspired by the jewelry worn by the Crawley women in Downton Abbey season 4 which took place in the early 1920s. The patterned beads are decoupage, handmade by the artist. 

Jo Pound of Jewelry by Jolane
The necklace is made up of seed beads and pearls. Those were used in jewelry with chains in most all of the jewelry including gems. The drops represent the look of chains and the overall look is airy and delicate. 

Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard
This lacy necklace was inspired by the understated ultra-feminine jewelry trends of the Edwardian era. In place of the traditional Edwardian materials of precious metals, pearls, and diamonds, I used luminous peachy-pink Czech glass and pink fire-polished crystals with silver-plated components. 

Carole Grant of CG Studio Jewelry
I found this Vintage fur clip and it called to me to be worn again! I've taken different beads, components, and antiqued lengths of chain to create this statement pendant necklace. The fur clip can be removed to wear it as a simple beaded necklace. 

Betony Maiden of A Fair Maiden Jewelry
This piece is titled Fall Royale. It was created using beautiful bronze matte glass pearls, Other glass pearls, bronze seed beads, copper metal twist beads, gold tone chain, and a gorgeous focal piece from Jesse James. I made this last fall. 

Karen Zmitrovitch of Nature’s Aesthetics
Past meets present in an asymmetrical design with contemporary wire work using a traditional combination of garnet and pearls. the multi-strand segment is a nod to the style of the Edwardian era, yet contrasted further with stone chips replacing shaped beads. The rigid and formal of the past is softened as it hangs relaxed by organza ribbon and silk cord,reflecting on how today's fashion can mix an eloquent top with denim or leggings. 

Pamela Hollis of Pebbles at My Feet
This is really a construction piece rather than full-on 100% handcrafted but the reproduction brass stampings really are what inspired me anyway. The necklace is in the festoon style - all that drapey chain or beadwork defines "festoon". Faceted amazonite gemstones and an azurite malachite (a vintage bead). I antiqued the brass wire used to set in the gemstone links as well as the filigree caps. The rest of the findings were already oxidized or "antique brass finished" as in the chain. 

Mary Rembach of Omi Silver
Lady Mary Crawley would wear this necklace because it's not too busy. She's a no nonsense type of woman who is more concerned with business than looking frilly. Necklace is strung with soft flex wire - 6-7mm white freshwater pearls, bali sterling beads, an ornate triangular locking box clasp which is at the side of the neck rather than the back and a silver plated connector suspended from the front with a white freshwater pearl on a sterling silver ornate headpin. Length is 18". 

Laura Harrison Bosch of Multibeadia Designs
I went for the drippy look. CZ's on GF chain. I never use these colors but I love how they all go so well together. Getting a good picture was harder than making the necklace! 

Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxee Styx
"Champagne & Caviar" 

Laura Bracken of Bracken Designs Studio Art Jewelry
I love the look of Edwardian style jewelry even though it’s WAY out of my comfort zone to make. This over-the-top necklace features sterling silver, fine silver, and Swarovski crystals. I’m not sure how practical it is, but maybe someday I’ll be Lady Mary Crawley for Halloween. :-)

October’s themes and deadlines: Iconic Eras, Real and Fictional
Oct 7: Downton Abbey or Edwardian style
Oct 14: Road Warrior or Post Apocalyptic style
Oct 21: Lord of the Rings or Elfish/Medieval style
Oct 28: THX 1138 or Futuristic Minimalistic style

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Kristi Taylor said...

Nice representations all around! Really lovely work, ladies!!

PyxeeStyx said...

So many fabulous entries this week. The group is really stepping up their game.