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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BEACH Style December Week 5 SRAJD Jewelry Challenge

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Our themes for December were chosen by the SRAJD members. This week’s challenge theme is “The Beach”.

Neva Murtha of Spiral River Designs
This one is inspired by the ocean, but not just any ocean - the Pacific ocean, the ocean of Peace. And Pacific beaches are the most divine for me. This is created with 8mm amazonite and 6mm aventurine matte finished beads with 2mm sterling silver nugget highlights.

Linda Tenney of Heart of One Creations
I used a mix of aquamarine and citrine chips to emulate sand and sea, freshwater pearls and mini shells, various types of bright aqua-hued glass beads, and silver-plated spacers. All elements bring out the color mix in the cute ceramic starfish charm!

Jo Pound of Jewelry by Jolane
I made a necklace that has several hundred shell pieces adorning it. They are black, grey, silver and cream in color. The shell pieces are tumbled smooth and are on a copper and silver lacy base. It does weigh quite a bit but once you have it on the weight is distributed evenly and is comfortable.

Annie Laughton of Unique Rabbit Jewellery
Just a simple piece - gorgeous seascape colours. A cloisonne shell embellishes this bracelet. Gold embellished crystal and Swarovski glass pearls and gold crystal rondelles are the main materials. (I have a much more detailed entry but due to a computer upgrade, I can't access my pictures yet - only the latest ones. Thought I'd chuck it in anyway. Cheers

Audrey Allen of Wrapped Up In Magic
This very unique pendant is a sand dollar wire wrapped in bright copper parawire. It has a very beautiful photo decal of an underwater scene which was taken by my son, who is an avid scuba diver. It measures approximately 2-1/8" X 2-3/4". It comes with a very pretty 20" tie dyed silk ribbon with a toggle clasp.

Kay Lancashire of Kay’s Artycles
This is a little collection of shell, glass beads made to look like sea glass (I etched them) ceramic fish, and a tiny glass bottle with a message 'help' all knotted onto s-lon cord. one of the strands has been made to look a bit like fishing net with knotting. It is quite a long necklace and it was a lot of fun.

Maxine Booth of Perfectly Practical
The blue green layered cultured seaglass slab lent itself beautifully to this bracelet and this theme. The blue ceramic beads worked nicely here, whereas they had never worked well in the past for other projects. I just love the water shades and sense of movement.

Maxine Booth of Perfectly Practical
This bracelet feels so light and airy, the openness of the linked rings combines with the natural lines and shapes of the blue shaded shells. I love that the word message to FEEL GOOD is not blingy but does stand out in shiny silver.

Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard
Sea turtles nest on sandy beaches. The turtle pendant on this "beach" theme necklace is suspended on rustic silver connectors with wire-wrapped blue millefiori marbles that sparkle like tropical waters. The necklace is finished with oxidized silver plated rolo chain and a textured lobster clasp.

Sherri Jones of SenoJ Designs 
This piece could be worn to dinner after a long day at the Beach. Designed with Shells, Brown Pearls & Agate with a large Fossil pendant.

Laura Bracken of Bracken Designs Studio Art Jewelry
Domed copper cut outs, kiln enameled then filled with resin and sea life.

Laura Harrison Bosch of Multibeadia Designs
The challenge for me was to not use my go to colors-blues & greens- that for me are the beach. The big amazonite is the ocean, the orange for the sunset. My happy beach place is the Outer Banks around Corolla off-season when it's relatively empty.

Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard
This beach theme necklace has hand-painted polymer clay sea urchin, star fish, and sand dollar components connected to antique copper finish chain. The beaded links have blue and green seed bead accents.

Carol (Britt) Clay of Wires N Pliers
This necklace features Paua blades and an ammonite in niobium. The Paua blades have been cut directly from the shell, each one in the natural curved shaping that has grown over the years. Each blade is individual in its curve.
The unique color of the ammonite has been achieved by electroplating, a treatment of applying titanium and other metals over various objects like quartz, hematite crystals and in this case an ammonite. Titanium Aura is the trade name applied to this type of treatment over crystals and other artistic items. It allows items that might not be of sound quality to be used in art in a new and colorful way. Niobium links in black and anodized colors have been matched up to create a double link chain. The clasp is handmade from anodized niobium wire. With niobium anodizing the color comes from an electricity-driven method of engineered oxidation causing certain metals to ‘oxidize’ (in vivid colors) in a controlled fashion (usually aluminum, titanium, and niobium). A beautiful black matte handmade lampwork bead made by Dave Rasner of Royal Oaks Acres has been added to the ammonite pendant to illustrate three different textured finishes to this necklace.

Laura Bailey of Natures Wrapture
This whispered for a beach themed setting with it's gentle blues and greens. It reminded me of water gently lapping in the shallows. I chose a wave and a very simple setting so as not to distract from the colors.

Jackie Locantore of Morning Star Sanctuary Studio
I was inspired by the blue "wave" beads to make a bracelet showing the beach, with waves breaking on the sand, and the flotsam and jetsam you might see tossed up on the beach. I thought the fossil coral ovals were especially appropriate!

Marybeth Rich of Forest of Jewels
I love the beach, living in Florida gives me the opportunity to see the Gulf often. But, when I saw JLynn Jewels lovely art piece of a beach in NJ with snow, I knew I had to design a necklace around it. I used lots of Czech glass and crystal in lovely aqua shades to highlight the beach in the photo she used.

JeriEllyn Holt Ross of Images By Jer
This is a glass tile that I added a starfish image to and then wrapped. It is very 3-D looking!

Laurie Salinas of Kottage Creations
I've used an oval 1" silver disc and dripped hot silver solder (using my torch), naturally forming a shape to replicate that of riptides of the ocean. I wasn't planning anything in particular when I made this, but after I was finished creating the disc, my inspiration came to me! So, I melted up the solder again, placing a real starfish in the molten silver, forming the starfish into the solder. I then stamped the words "sandy toes & salty kisses", and added a wire wrapped freshwater pearl. I used sari silk in beautiful hand died hues of blues and greens to compliment the theme here. I've added two fancy rings of a soft gunmetal on each side of the bracelet component to accentuate the overall color theme and design of the bracelet component. A truly unique one-of-a-kind work of art! Hand dyed silk ribbon wrap ~ wrap around your wrist, tie, tuck in the ends, and you are ready to go! This wrap also makes a great anklet or necklace. This hand dyed silk ribbon wrap has hues of blue and teal with a hit of green colors and measures 36 inches long x 1/2 inch wide. Fits any size wrist.

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