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!