domingo, 10 de julio de 2011

Summer of colour - Sunny bracelet

Well, I thought I wouldn't make it, but I finished the bracelet for the Summer of colour event hosted by Twinkle, Twinkle. As they say, it is better late than never.

This week we had to work with yellow as the main colour and for a bonus we had to introduce metal in our work.


This week the bonus challenge was quite easy for me, as I mainly work with metal, not like last week, where we had to use wax on our pieces.

You will have to forgive me for the quality of the pictures but I wanted to post about this as soon as possible and I had to use a lamp to take the pictures as it was quite late in the afternoon when I took them.


When I read that this week's colour was going to be yellow I wrenched. I didn't think I had a single yellow bead in my stash, but to my surprise I had quite a few Czech  crystals, plus a couple of yellow MOP beads and also some cats eye beads.

Now, I don't think I have ever made a jewellery piece in yellow apart from those fantastic yellow earrings with Laura Sparlings Luminobeads. It is not a colour that I like in jewellery.
I love yellow in paintings, flowers, home decor and other stuff but not in jewellery or clothing. It might be that I am so pale that yellow is not a colour that suits me.

In fact I actually love the colour in itself, as it is a fun colour, always related to summer, warm weather and many good things in life. It is a colour that makes me smile.
My favourite flower since I can remember has been the sunflower. I even had quite a few of those on my wedding flower arrangements.
One of my loved artists used yellow as if it was the cheapest paint at the time, Van Gogh.
I love it when there are clear skies and you can feel the heat of the sun of your skin. I was raised in Seville, southern Spain, so I was so used to that feeling that when I moved abroad the sun was one of the things I missed the most!!

This week I made another bracelet. (What a surprise).

The focal piece is a Mother of pearl round and flat yellow lentil, to which I have added a swirl made with hammered and polished sterling silver wire.
For the chainmaille I have used a quite easy technique, that consists on simple jump rings and roses also made with jump rings, and to bring a dash of colour to it and make it more interesting I have added an orangy colour leather string on each side.
It has a Jasper charm and a hook type handmade clasp also made  by me.

I am quite glad with the result. This bracelet looks really nice when wearing it, and I believe that the pictures don't make it any justice so I will re do them before I list it on my Etsy shop.
So tell me, what do you think? I am really stretching myself within my possibilities as I am still working on building my stash and on my tools, as I don't have many yet. 

This challenge series is taking me out of my comfort zone, and that's always good.

And as for you, enjoy what is left of the weekend and do not forget to put sunblock on, because no matter how much we love the sun and its heat, it is quite dangerous to be exposed to it for long periods of time. And please, take special care with your children.

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Vaya, pensé que no lo coseguir'ia, pero he terminado la pulsera para el evento The Summer of colours que Twinkle, Twinkle ha preparado. Y como se suele decir, más vale tarde que nunca.

Esta semana tenemos que trabajar con amarillo como color principal y como añadido utilizar algo metálico en nuestro trabajo.


Esta semana el reto es bastante fácil para mi, ya que yo siempre trabajo con metal, y no como como la semana pasada en ala que tuvimos que incorporar cera.

Teneis que perdonarme por la mala calidad de las fotos, pero quería escribir este post lo antes posible y tuve que utilizar una lámpara, ya que cuando hice las fotos ya era bastante tarde.


Cuando leí que el color de esta semana iba a ser el amarillo, no me hizo gracia. No pensé que tenía ni una sola cuenta amarilla, pero para mi propia sorpresa tenía varios cristales checos, un par de piezas de nácar y algún que otro ojo de gato.

Creo que aparte de los pendientes que hice con las cuetas Luminobeads de Sparling. No es un color que me guste para mis joyas.
Me gusta el amarillo en las pinturas, las flores, la decoración y otras cosas pero no en joyería ni ropa. Puede que sea que al ser tan blanca es un color que no me va. 

De hecho el color en sí me encanta, ya que es un color lleno de vida, siempre relacionado con el verano, el buen tiempo y otras buenas cosas que hay en esta vida. Es un color que me hace sonreir.

Mi flor favorita desde que tengo uso de razón es el girasol. Incluse tuve algunos en los arreglos florales de mi boda.
Uno de los pintores que más me gustan utlizaba el amarillo en sus pinturas como si se lo regalasen, Van Gogh.
Me encanta cuando los cielos estáan descubiertos y puedes sentir el sol en tu piel. Como me crié en Sevilla, sur de España, estaba tan acostumbrada a esa sensción que cuando me mudé al extranjero el sol era una de las cosas que más echaba de menos!!

Esta semana hice otra pulsera (menuda sorpresa)

La pieza central es una pieza de nacar redonda y plana en amarillo, a la que le he añadido un espiral hecho con alambre de plata que había aplastado y pulido previamente.
La cadena es una técnica muy sencilla, que consiste en srgollas y rosas hechas con argollas, y para darle un poco de color le he añadido unas tiras de cuero anaranjado.
Tiene un colgante de Jaspe y un cierre en gancho hecho por mí.

Estoy bastante contenta con el resultado finañ. Esta pulsera se ve mejor puesta y creedme que las fotos no le hacen justicia, así que antes de ponerla a la venta en mi tienda de Etsy.
¿Que os parece a vosotros?
Lo cierto es qu estoy haciendo malabares con las pocas herramientas y el poco material que tengo.

Este evento me está forzando a dar un paso más allá y eso es siempre bueno.

Y vosotros, a disfrutar lo que queda de fin de semana y no olvidaos el protector solar, porque no importa cuanto te guste el sol es peligroso abusar de él. Y por favor, tened un cuidado especial con los niños.

13 comentarios:

Liette alias Pixelle dijo...

it is fantastic jewel you have made for the yellow week...WOUAWWW...!!! I like it so much, I am sure it is very nice when your wear it...I like the real stone and you impress me to be able to create the chain and you say it is simple...not for me...you are amazing...!!!

Kindred Spirit dijo...

Thank you for the beautiful comments...they made my day! & your bracelet is absolutely stunning...the Mother of pearl is such a gorgeous colour of yellow, perfect for this challenge!

xo
Joanna

Sesenarts dijo...

I am really liking this piece. I do understand the reluctance to make a piece of apparel or jewelry in a colour that you wouldn't wear yourself. But this bracelet has turned out really well and there is going to be someone out there who loves yellow! Julie
I like the combo of textures!

Jen @Sadie Inspired dijo...

So pretty! I love it!

Cynthia Schelzig dijo...

What a gorgeous bracelet! I just had a quick scroll down and love all your art pieces. Wonderful work!
Thanks for coming by my blog!!!
Have a good week ahead.

joanna dijo...

Noemi, this piece you've created is sooo pretty!! I love the soft shade of yellow! it's just perfect. I don't wear yellow jewellery but would defenetly wear this one!

missy k dijo...

Your bracelet is amazing. I love it!

Kristin dijo...

Another amazing piece from you! I LOVE this bracelet - and know that it will be an amazing one to wear with all that bold color and central piece. Really, really special. Thank you once again for playing along. We are so lucky to have you, xo

JaN's ArTy JouRneY dijo...

Wow, what a gorgeous summery bracelet.. Love it!!
Jan x

creatingme dijo...

wow, gorgeous!

MVZ Diseño dijo...

Noemí, de veras que te muy bonito el brazalete. Sigue dando pasos que esto es muy bueno. Besos. Maruja

PaperPumpkin dijo...

While yellow has never been a favorite color of mine, and I was worried about art journaling with it even, I love the challenge. Your apprehension is understandable, but you also rose to the challenge with this bracelet! It's lovely...and interesting...and creative! Now, what will you do for Brown with a BOLD accent?!! ~kathy (PS. Thanks for the cupcake comment!!)

Alis Clair dijo...

How gorgeous is this! I love your bracelet, I love the textures in it.
xxx

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