Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Michelle Mach's Fall Challenge Blog Hop ~ Reveal!

I was excited to get in just in time to receive my kit for Michelle's Challenge.....
Please visit Michelle's blog here.  It's very insightful and has so much to offer ~ 


Each of us received a kit including the same natural 
brass Vintaj pieces: 
Each kit also includes: 
* 1 vintage Lucite 14mm wine button
* 1 vintage Lucite teardrop carnelian Deco hoop 
* 2 Lucite orange 3mm heishi 
* 1 acorn bead cap
* 2 filigree diamond links
* 1 branch
* 1 leaf-shaped metal blank
* 2 vintage Czech glass bronze 4mm heishi
* 2 vintage Czech glass beige 2-hole discs
 plus a few surprize vintage pieces ~ 

Autumn is upon us here in Central PA....I just heard the Canadian geese flying over on their way to Maryland.  The days are getting colder. The leaves are beginning to change to spectacular colors and a Screech owl was eerily hooting last night...we all stopped to listen...they give a chill to listen to...and it was a crisp night here ~ 

As I was trying to come up with my design  ~ I thought about the owl we heard... Imagined him as a silhouette in a full moon, sitting on a branch here now that the leaves are starting to turn.  This is where I began.  A few hammerings to the Vintaj leaf and recoloring some of the bright leaves to be a little more to my liking....muted and deeper, richer colors....a bit of destash leather and some chunky copper link chain....   Add a little gilders' paste and Adirondack alcohol inks, I transformed a shell hoop into an Autumn moon in blue, green and black.  I had this wonderful owl available from my bead soup partner Maria Horvath...I've had this little guy on my bead table for weeks....just waiting for the perfect opportunity! This was it ~ 


My finished necklace ~ I am so excited to share ~ I really love this....it's just fun and elegant at the same time... 
It's a pleasant reminder of our fun night here this weekend...


Shell Hoop ~ with alcohol inks and gilders paste
brass tree branch &  acorn bead cap 


Rustic patina on brass leaf, ceramic bead with acorn cap... glass leaves 

Leather necklace  split with a copper end & purple vintage bead as button clasp 

Michelle H.
Firefly Visions



Thanks Michelle for including me in this wonderful challenge! 

28 comments:

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

L-O-V-E IT! It's wonderful!

Alice said...

I just love this piece. It definately represents the colors and feel of autumn. The owl is my favorite part, and I love how you transformed some of the components just with color and texturing.

bwheather said...

Oh wow, I just adore the addition of the owl. Love this. ;-)

horimarika said...

It is wonderful!!! You created something really unique and great. The composition, the colours.... and I knew that the owl will feel good at you! It's at the perfect place!

Cillaw said...

Very nice! The colors really pop!

Christine Altmiller said...

this is beautiful! i love the woodsy look and feel and the owl inside the hole in the tree is just fabulous! i can smell that crisp fall air when i see this.

pinkchapeau said...

I love it. The focal looks gorgeous...the colorization of the shell is perfect. The button clasp in the leather is a great idea, too. So creative!

TesoriTrovati said...

This is just such an awesome use of textures and components. LOVE the owl on the branch in the full moon. And the leather is so yummy. I want to reach out and touch all these pieces! Enjoy the day! Erin

Shirley said...

Oh , heck, can we trade? I just don't have words for how much I love this piece! The leather is awesome, and I love the owl/shell. This is truly an inspirational necklace.

Cynthia said...

I really like the way the owl is perched on the branch! I also like the addition of the leather. Great job!

maneki said...

Beautiful necklace -- I love the owl pendant! And I like how you used the red drop. The textured and coloured leaf looks so pretty.

Shel said...

Wow - I think this might be my favorite! I love how you used the botton as the clasp w/the hole in the leather - and that owl is fantastic. The pieces your altered really make this special! Beautifully done!

Bead Lola Bead said...

STUNNING! I think your necklace beautifully captures the essence of the Fall season . . . SO beautiful!

salla said...

love this! the owl before the moon is awesome!

Pearl and Pebble said...

This is so incredibly WONDERFUL there is absolutly nothing else to say!

Cyndi L said...

How beautiful! The owl is a perfect addition :-)

Lutka And Co. said...

Ooohhh... I love it! I want it :-)

Pixybug Designs said...

Awesome! I love the owl, and the application of the Guilder's paste to the leaf. I bought some but have been unsure on the use and sealing. After looking at your tutorial covering the sealing, I will give it a shot!

Chris said...

Oh my! I love everything about your design. Beautiful work! (Please don't look at mine, lol!)

Michelle Mach said...

Beautiful! The whole necklace works so well together--perfect for fall. I especially love the owl in the shell hoop with the branch. It's a stunning focal!

Hope to see you in another challenge!

uptwnsh said...

This piece is so professionally done! It is really a work of art!

laurelmoon said...

Absolutely fabulous! Such a great necklace--it's gorgeous and you used everything so creatively!

Firefly Visions said...

Absolutely stunning! The focal is beautiful.

Mary said...

Oh I absolutely love your necklace, it is awesome!!!!

Holly said...

Oh, goodness, this is such a gorgeous piece! That focal is stunning, I love how you altered that shell hoop. And that button clasp? *love*!

Tracy said...

Wow, this is a stunning piece, I absolutely love it..my fave of the hop so far!

Shaiha said...

Wow! I love the softness of the leather against the hardness of the metal. Striking and yet so comfortable to wear.

Marie Cramp said...

I just LOVE that necklace!! Gorgeous!

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