Thursday, November 25, 2010

November Challenge

Written by Bonnie from The FamiLee Jewels

November's challenge was one that encouraged us to stretch as artists by using colors that we did not like as the feature in a piece of jewelry.

Many of us already knew which colors we didn't like, some were quite passionate about it. Others had a hard time finding a "bad" color.

Take a look at the wonderful things we have created.

We learned that Cat hates the color library carpet green. The color is so bad (really! she provided photographic evidence) that no one dared make beads to match it.

Cat chose a similar shade of green and created a beautiful rain forest tree, an entry that set the bar high for the rest of us.

Camilla and Julie both dislike orange, but look what they can do with it.

Julie dressed up carnelian beads in oxidized sterling silver and now they are ready for a party.

Camilla shared one of her filigree stars that paired orange with purple in a whimsical and romantic style.

Dawn is a fan of all colors and she proved by using red and purple in close proximity. She showed us that the addition of copper wire makes them work together.

Bonnie has an unreasonable dislike of the color purple. Here she used it with her vintage brass wire and hardware to make a salvage necklace that celebrates purple without making her cringe.

It was a good challenge, one that made us stretch our minds and embrace something a little bit uncomfortable like all good dares should. Thank you to everyone who participated.

I am leaving you with the link to a video about making inspiration color boards so that you may enjoy exploring your own feeling about color.

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Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Etsy Starving Artists Jewelry team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current etsy shop owner members can be found at


mcstoneworks said...

Fantastic challenge pieces. They are all beautiful.

Cat said...

That was a fun challenge although I struggled with it for quite some time! ;-)

Cassie said...

"Bonnie has an unreasonable dislike of the color purple." How hysterical! I guess she knows how one of my friends feels about pink! lol! Anyway... everyone did a great job on their challenge pieces! I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite!

nicole Valentine-Rimmer said...

What a great challenge, wonderful pieces!

Bonnie said...

Oh Cassie if only you knew. I once was talked into knitting a sweater for my mother in law in her favorite color orchid. I hated every minute of it!

Ness said...

What great pieces. Well done everyone!
(I finally managed to sign in to my google account!!Yay!)

BeadSire said...

A fantastic challenge and its interesting to see how everyone perceives colour.