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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pepita 1st Blogoversary

It is reveal day for this fun and challenging blog hop. Back in June Alenka over at Pepita handmade post about her 1st blogoversary. To celebrate she invited fellow bloggers to sign up for a creative challenge. She would send us one of her amazing handmade components and we would have until August 11 to make something with it.
amazing components sent to fellow beaders
I received this wonderful component.
Curved turquoise coloured component
After many days of just looking at it and thinking about design ideas. I was inspired by my mobile from a few years ago. It now sits on the book shelf next to my beading table. The combination of copper and turquoise is a favourite.
During a trip to beadfx I picked up some interesting turquoise and coppers beads, copper findings, wire and chain.
The before picture
As I started to play with these beads I found that I still needed a few more things. More chain, eyepins (instead of headpins) and a closure.

Here is my design idea sketch I did on my ipad.
This finished necklace is like nothing I have made before. It is 102 cm (40 in.) long and is an asymetrical design.
The after picture
After finishing the necklace the challenge has been to photograph it. The above photo shows the over all length and design, but not the detail. Arranged over and around this small hand carved wooden bowl you can see more details.
Artistically arranged
Close up of Pepita Component
This was a challenge that had me asking myself "what if" as I played with the makeup of each of the bead connections and their placement in the design. I also got to use my new 1-step looper tool (love it!)

Here are the participants:

Thanks once again to Alenka for the chance to celebrate with you.

Happy Blogoversary!!!

24 comments:

  1. Jo-Ann, it is a beautiful necklace and I like very much how you incorporated my piece in it!
    Thank you very much for participating in my blogoversary celebration!
    Alenka

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    1. Thanks Alenka! It was an inspiring challenge. Happy Blogoversary!!

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  2. What a lovely playful and colourful necklace design! I do love♥ asymmetry too! Have fun when wearing it!

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    1. wore it to work yesterday, got a few compliments!

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  3. Turquoise is a favorite color of mine. It looks great with the copper you chose. Kudos for making something that is not your usual style.

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    1. Thanks. But it is back to delicas and seedbeads for next few projects.

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  4. I love the color combination of the turquoise and copper - great piece!

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    1. Thanks, I have some chain left and some other turquoise nuggets will look to make a bracelet to go with it.

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  5. I haven't worked with copper much lately, Jo-Ann, so this design is even more inspiring to me. The turquoise is such a beautiful pairing with Alenka's focal piece, isn't it? Your necklace looks like it would be equally at home dressed up or casual, it is simply elegant!

    PS I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your looper, Jo-Ann I haven't used mine much yet :)

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    1. Looper takes some practise to get just right. This was a great project for it.

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  6. Copper and turquoise is a great colour combination and you've designed a beautiful and modern necklace. I'm a follower to your blog now. Enjoy the day, Ana

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    1. Thanks Ana. I am folllowing your blog now too!

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  7. Hi Jo-Ann,
    Your long copper and turquoise necklace is beautiful I like how you used your component from Alenka in the necklace. Long necklaces can be worn so many different ways they are very versatile.
    Therese

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    1. I have only worn it twice. The component kept flipping, but it looked great.

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  8. Love what you have done, copper and turquoise stunning. You showcased Alenka's component brilliantly.

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    1. Thanks, copper and turquoise are a fav!

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  9. Oh, how lovely! I have such a hard time with asymmetry, and you make it look so natural. And what a lovely color combination, too... Wonderful work!

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    1. Thanks, I had difficulty with it too. Doing the drawing before hand helped.

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  10. What a beautiful selection of components and colours. They complement each other perfectly and really look gorgeous with Alenka's lovely component. I just love the shapes and finishes of her components.

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  11. Gorgeous necklace, love the asymmetry of it. You will have several options for wearing it too.

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  12. Jo-Ann - I love what you did here with Alenka's component! I am totally LOVING the mobile too..what a clever idea!

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  13. Very beautiful creations!!!!Nice job!!!Kisses!!!
    Sophie from Greece!!!

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  14. Wow, I am starting to love long necklaces. This one is stunning. I love how you used the piece.

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