Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Muffin Tin Challenge!

In the spirit of getting her followers pumped up and creating in the new year, Heather Powers of Humblebeads fame has once again thrown down the beady gauntlet and challenged us to participate in her Muffin Tin Challenge!  Heather set the reveal date for January 16th but I'm traveling that day, so I'm posting a little early.  The good news is, you may still have time to join in if you wish!!


The idea is pretty simple... grab a muffin tin (or similar container with multiple compartments) and fill each well up with all you need to make one jewelry design.  Then sit down and power through some jewelry making with a goal of finishing at least 6 pieces.  You can read all the details on Heather's blog HERE.  Full disclosure:  I'm not always the best about making sure I've gotten absolutely everything needed in my little muffin cups.  I tend to go with just grabbing the core items and adding to them as I go... that's just how my brain tends to work.  My muffin tin projects include some VERY late Christmas presents for my sister and niece, an even more belated project for my extremely patient friend Kathleen, earrings that have been waiting to be made for varying lengths of time, projects for this month's Honey Do List challenge, and more!

My "muffins" ready to bake!

I started with the lowest hanging fruit... necklaces for my sister and niece that should have been done ages ago!  I found a broken strand of fun orange sodalite pieces at the last Dakota Stones showroom sale and snatched them up immediately.  Most of my family (including these two ladies) went to Auburn University whose colors happen to be orange and blue, so this was a very lucky find!


Next up, a pair of earrings meant to go with the necklace I made for the December Art Bead Scene challenge.  You can see that necklace HERE.  The earrings are the same as the flower dangle off the bottom of the pendant.  Sweet and fairly simple!


Next up, a couple of pairs of earrings that have been UFOs (UnFinished Objects) for quite some time.  I have more earrings that are partially thought out, but at least I've knocked out a couple of them!


Next, in a fit of art bead madness, I made two more long necklaces with Heather's seriously amazing new "Gilded Bramble" bird beads as the main event!  (She has a few of these in her Etsy shop HERE if you are now drooling for one of your own!)  For the coppery one I used a ceramic branch by Diane Hawkey and a ceramic leaf by Tracee Dock of The Classic Bead.  The blue one features a pendant by Gaea and enameled bead cap by C-Koop Beads.  I really couldn't be happier with how these necklaces turned out!


And finally, my 7th "muffin" and 8th project from this challenge: I finally made a bracelet with the beads I picked out to work on during Heather's Inspired by Nature Retreat.  I learned a lesson... I did NOT need to bring extra projects.  I kept plenty busy working on the fun things that Heather had planned for us!


Stop by Heather's blog HERE (starting January 16th) to see what everyone else "baked up" for this year's Muffin Tin Challenge!  Even if you missed out on the official challenge, I recommend this as a great way to get some concentrated creating done!  I didn't finish making everything in my tin yet, but I'm going to keep on trucking with these projects... at least some of them!

11 comments:

  1. All of your earrings are wonderful. I am amazed at how well the pair that you made for your ABS necklace go with the necklace. The bird necklaces you made are gorgeous as are all the components that you used in them. Personally, I am relieved that you didn't get 12 pieces done. I really struggled to get 6 done. No housework done until today!

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  2. Love your Birdie necklaces and the embossed/painted earrings.

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  3. Love the simplicity of the stone pendants and the colors of the green earrings. The bird necklaces are so beautiful!

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  4. All great pieces - I love your "extra bracelet" and how university necklaces out of perfectly colored stone!

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  5. I love how everything turned out. My favorite is the blue bird necklace.

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  6. Great designs! I am as always envious of your ease with earrings.

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  7. All great projects. Your 2 UFO earrings grabbed my eye. Lovely!
    Mona

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  8. Love your creations~! You picked the matching beads for the bird art beads very well, and I love all those earthy coppery tones—especially combined with the light blue of that last bracelet. I almost never ever use blue because it's a "cold" color to me, and I keep forgetting it actually makes such a nice contrast.

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  9. Beautiful - I love the the necklaces and the first set of earrings - but all are wonderful!

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  10. Love the colors! My favorite is the fish earrings!

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  11. How fun! You made some really cool pieces! I particularly love the bird focals you created with all the yummy art beads! Heather is amazing and I am so glad that she is inspiring people to keep crafting and stay motivated! I feel like I do the Muffin Tin Challenge everyday, but instead of a Muffin Tin, they're rooms in the house! LOL! Thanks for adding a little bit of loveliness to the day!

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