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Sunday, January 15, 2017

November-December 2016 Design Challenge Theme: Jewelry from Found Objects

Here are the entries from members of the SRAJD Organization for the following theme challenge:"Create a piece of jewelry using found objects" (think of this as the "unconventional materials" challenge).

Click on any artist's name to see their website and more of the awesome jewelry they've made.

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Karen Nelmes of Karen J Designs 
This bracelet is centered around a beautiful Bronze button made from a mold of a group of barnacles that I found at a flea market. As an artist I am constantly searching for new and interesting textures. Textures draw me in and the textures of nature are most often my inspiration 

Regina Croteau of Fused Glass Rocks
Vintage Sterling Silver Silverware Bell Pendant with Fan Design on 18 inch Sterling Silver Bead Chain. This is a vintage knife end cut and shaped to enhance the design and sound. The bell has a light melodic tinkle sound. The bell is approximately 1" long x 3/4" wide and 3/8" deep. This makes a fabulous bridesmaid gift and truly for any special person in your life including yourself.

Darlene Orlowski of The Irish Lassie Shop
I used coins from Mexico as my challenge. I made riveted bead caps for the coins then strung the beads for an asymmetrical look. 

Helen Gonet of Gonet Jewelry Design
"Bah Humbug"  These are some pieces that I can't describe other than some are crystal or glass and 925 sterling beads and tubes. I can't sell them because I really don't know what they are. Most were sent as free gifts from distributors that I purchase my beads and supplies from. :-)

Michele C. Dodge of Lava Jewelry
This necklace is made from tin cans I dug out of my recycling bin. The chain is one I salvaged from a pile of my great grandmother's costume jewelry.

Wanda Haworth of Wanda Haworth Designs
We have a long driveway (almost 2 miles all gravel) had a load of gravel delivered in Oct. so l did some driveway mining (as my hubby calls it) and found this beautiful piece of raw blue quartz so l paired it with a castoff piece of blue kyanite to create a unique pendant necklace wire wrapped with gold anodized copper wire strung on a 18 inch gold 10 kt chain.

Kim Forrer of Wild Rain Designs
I found the copper and steel washers years ago while on a walk and had them in my "found objects" box. I found the little metal gear last year but misplaced it. I really wanted to use it in something and finally found it this morning while looking for something else. Thought it would be appropriate to use in this repurposed leather cuff assemblage of mostly found objects.

Tammie T Everly of TTE Designs
Much of my work is made from 'found objects. I get a lot of satisfaction from taking something considered trash and reconfiguring it into something lovely and useful. This ocean themed necklace and earring set was made using a vintage tin container in a black. I hand cut the components and then emboss, sand, file and form them into a lightweight and interesting conversation piece.

Thank you to all the SRAJD members who took part in this design challenge!

The next monthly theme is "unity". Make a piece of jewelry that tells a story of unity either visually, thematically, or through creative inspiration.  I look forward to sharing the stories at the beginning of March.

If you're an active SRAJD member, click here to submit something you create for the next January-February design challenge.

And if you like a piece of jewelry you see here, please leave a comment for the artist and/or check out their shop (click on their name)!