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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

RUSTIC Style November Week 4 SRAJD Jewelry Challenge

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Our theme for November is “Basic Styles” and the entries for this week’s design challenge were inspired by the theme of “Rustic”.

Neva Murtha of Spiral River Designs
This is a 1 carat raw chocolate diamond set in 14k rose gold with prong settings. For me 'rustic' and 'raw', 'organic', 'nature inspired' and 'earthy' are all interchangeable...also similar to 'wabi sabi' (acceptance of transience and imperfection) and not pristinely or perfectly 'manufactured'. This ring is the epitome of this quality for me, because I got to create beauty out of rustic, earthy elements. 

Regina Croteau of Fused Glass Rocks
This whimsical flower garden has a lovely bouquet of flowers with a butterfly and lady bug on a white fused glass. The pendant measures approximately 1-1/2" long including bail by 1"" wide. The enamel flowers, butterfly and lady bug are permanently fired on the glass. This piece is stunning on and looks 3-D. This piece was created in my home studio using high quality glass, kiln fused and annealed to ensure quality and stability. 

Barbara Swinton of Touch of Silver
Love the feel of rustic jewelry...I don't know why I don't make more of it! For these, I used 24 gauge copper sheet and then went looking for my my meat tenderizer mallet to add a little "rustic" appeal. Shiny copper wasn't saying 'rustic' to me, so it had a LOS bath and then it felt just right. Added a few sterling rings, because I wanted to tie in the sterling earwires....which I prefer to the copper. Fun challenge :-)

Laurie Salinas of Kottage Creations
A stunning and sparkly 10 mm x 12 mm labradorite is surrounded by a royal filigree crown bezel setting. This lustrous labradorite stone sits atop a fancy floral sterling silver oxidized band shank.

Kim Forrer of Kim Forrer Designs
Sterling silver cuff with riveted eyelets in brass and copper. Oxidized to highlight the rustic textures. 

Paula Cotov of Twinkling of an Eye
I was thinking purely outdoors when I created this - to reflect everything in the woods surrounding me - sunflower matte finish Czech glass, topaz and iris beads and a wonderfully rustic bumble bee. I have recently discovered the beauty of using Picasso-finish tilas and they worked so well to keep to the rustic theme in this piece! :-) 

Paula Cotov of Twinkling of an Eye
I couldn't get any more rustic than this! I was thinking "enchanted forest", deep in the woods when I created this set! The lampwork mushrooms worked perfectly with the little gnome characters and the Czech pressed glass flower bead caps - a fun piece for the grown-up kid in each of us! :-) 

Elew Mompittseh of Pohakanten Studios
Etched Copper Cuff bracelet with a floral vine design. It is completely handcrafted beginning with copper sheet, which I cut, file, etch, hammer into shape, oxidize and polish. It is a long but very fun technique... This cuff is made to fit anywhere from a 6 1/2 inch, to an 8 inch wrist, and is 3/8 inch wide. 

Jo Pound of Jewelry by Jolane
These copper earrings are all copper with wire I coiled, textured copper balls and end caps. Copper usually appears more relaxed and a bit on the rustic side to me. 

Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard
Rustic fall flowers necklace made with distressed polymer clay beads and oxidized copper chain and accents. 

Lindsay Philipson of Precious Violet
A seasonal bracelet with a holly stoneware connector from BoHulleybeads, 6mm red jade beads copper wrapped and Vintaj rustic copper chain and knot toggle. 

Nohline L'Ecuyer of Nohline L'Ecuyer
This is a recycled rubber necklace. I added wooden African beads, handmade copper beadcaps and a hollow, etched lampwork bead, all tied together with waxed cotton thread. 

Donna Jo Wallace of Naturally Nickel Free
Niobium Wire Wrapped Ring with Simple Brown Jasper Stone. Size 7.

Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxee Styx
"Pirate's Booty" I just recently finished this set for a pirate themed challenge, and decided it was the perfect fit for "Rustic" as well. The earrings feature Raku doubloons by Wondrous Strange, framed in oxidized hammered copper rings, accented with twine. They dangle with Labradorite, Kyanite, Pyrite, bronze stick and creamy round pearls, sea shells, a carved bone skull, and a miniature skeleton key. The necklace features a dragon cabochon by Oscar Crow, framed in an oxidized hammered copper ring, accented with twine. It dangles with Labradorite, Kyanite, Pyrite, bronze stick and creamy round pearls, sea shells, a carved bone skull, one large and one miniature skeleton key, a pressed penny with skull and cross bones marked Pirate's Cove Long Beach, Ca. and a little tiny treasure chest, to store your booty in. It's hung on hand dyed sari silk with Labradorite, sea spine, and sea shell dangles. It closes with a silk loop and vintage brass button featuring a royal crest.  Here's the link to my blog post all about the challenge with more detailed photos. http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/2014/11/ahoy-me-hearties.html

Betony Maiden of A Fair Maiden Jewelry
The focal is artisan made lampwork by Rita Andrews Wilson and features a different design on both side, the orange beads are also artisan lampwork by Di Parsons , paired with African opal and gorgeous brass findings, this piece has a definite southwestern rustic look, its one of my favorite pieces that I have recently made, the color scheme is not one we see too often and orange is not a color many designers use now a days.

Laura Bracken of Bracken Designs Studio Art Jewelry
I had this idea to do some rustic colored copper spikes with enamel on them. My original thought had many more spikes per earring, but I did some editing so I wouldn’t end up with my traditional lobe-stretching style.

Carol (Britt) Clay of Wires N Pliers
Southwest is a 5 row beaded cuff featuring bronze Czech medallions, scenic jasper and turquoise firefly beads. The button is an authentic terra cotta beach stone, hand collected from the shores of Lake Michigan. I used three shades of leather: black, olive and brown and the button hole is double wrapped for strength.

Vivi Varvarande of Vivilima Silver Jewelry And Bijouterie
This is a hammered ring, double infinity.

December’s themes (as chosen by the SRAJD members):
Dec 2: Botanical
Dec 9: Whimsical
Dec 16: Winter/December themes
Dec 23: Bubbles
Dec 30: Beach

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Luci Myer said...

each and every entry is so lovely in their own right! beautiful job ladies.

Hope to see your entries for the botanical submission for 12/2/14.

Blessings and Peace

Mary Rembach said...

Love these - every one! So many talented artists in our group!!!