The only real design parameter for the Vintaj challenges is that your piece showcases a good percentage of Vintaj Natural Brass Co. findings and embellishments. Vintaj makes a wide variety of products in brass, copper, and arte metal (a blackened color) so there's plenty to choose from in the creative process. Each month they award a prize of Vintaj goodies to the designer who gets the most votes and also to an editor's pick winner. I've got my fingers crossed that someday I will be chosen!
I really didn't think that I had time to do another challenge piece this month with all my preparations for the Artsy Market sale, but I figured if I could make something I was willing to part with, then it wasn't really diverting my energies away from the show.
I looked through my supply of focals and art beads and came across this great enamelled copper pendant by Becka Beads that I had bought from her back when she was still selling at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The swirling blues and greens over the copper were just perfect for a misty sunrise...now to figure out how to incorporate enough Vintaj peices to make it elligble!
|Close up of pendant and my initial design idea.|
|Thinking out my design.|
In the end I decided to do a mix of copper and brass elements (the darkened edges of the pendant have a color that's similar to to the natural brass). I added some amazonite beads (both nuggets and rounds), as well as some pale green gemstones from a mixed strand, along with some other little pops of copper. I liked the way the chunkier nuggets balanced out the ivy connector for some nice asymmetry.
|The finished product!|
If you want to see the rest of this month's challenge entries and vote (hopefully for me!), check out the blog here. Mine is number 9.
I think I'm drawn to these challenges because they often force me out of my comfort zone and make me think about my beads and findings in a totally different way. I think our brains all need that on a regular basis to keep us sharp and nimble.
As a P.S. to this post, I sold this necklace at the Artsy Market! It was one of my more expensive items (due to the art bead and other materials used) so I was thrilled at making such a big sale!