Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Studio Sublime Challenge Blog Hop

 
 
Black and white is one of my favorite combinations to work with, especially since polymer clay presents itself with so MANY possibilities. I have a ton of black and white canes, so when Sally of The Studio Sublime came up with this Challenge Hop, I was ready. LOL, I had the set I present to you done within the week, and have been patiently (NOT) waiting until today!
 
My jewelry loving granddaughter was over one day and helped me put every slice from the myriad of canes on these beads. She was soooo proud when she finished, she even asked to take some home with her. I found out later from mom, she gave everyone in the house one as a gift from her.

 


I had the idea to drill the largest oval both lengthwise and through the center so I could use it as a bail for the dangle I had in mind. After wire wrapping the sterling silver to it and then redoing the messy wraps several times so the beads I attached worked right, a final swirl was added to the center.


Then the stringing started and I realized I needed something to complete the necklace for around the neck, and after hunting through all my stash boxes realized it was time to make more plain black and white swirl beads for it. I finished it off with a cute pewter lock and key toggle.

For the earrings that went with this necklace, I used more of the small black candy swirl tube beads, one of which I used above the focal dangle, attached them to three different silver chains, and added white capped black beads to silver twisted connectors (was fun trying to get the head pins though them).


The design was to imitate the abstract feel of the pattern of the beads used in the necklace. The earrings hang almost three inches, so I added them to long tailed sterling silver ear wires to balance them out.




Here is the complete set.
 
Hope you have had as much fun with this Challenge as I did, and thank Sally Russick for hosting it.
Here are the other participants, and a linkup beneath the list if you want to add your blog post.

Sally Russick < Our Hostess
Marlene Cupo <You are here





20 comments:

  1. That is a wonderful necklace!

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  2. INteresting necklace! What does it look like on?

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  3. Black and white is just so dramatic no matter what the motif, Marlene... I love your clever bail assembly, and extra points for your design-by-committee approach... wish I had a grand-daughter to help!

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  4. Marlene! I can see why you were so excited to post for the challenge, BEAUTIFUL work! I can not wrap my mind around how to decorate the beads!The designs make me think of Zentangles! Thank you so much for participating in the challenge!

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  5. How fun that your granddaughter helped make those wonderful beads. And the result is a very lovely set.

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  6. Great job as usual Marlene! I love how your beads came out, and drilling that one bead in two directions...that is a great concept. I want to try my hand at clay....it looks like it would be great fun. Thanks for sharing.

    Vera
    http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/2013/07/black-white-jewelry-challenge.html

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  7. This is superb Marlene! What talent you have! These beads are gorgeous. What an outstanding set - love it! I also love that your granddaughter helped you and then gifted what she'd helped to create - how cool is that?!!

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  8. The best part of this story is the aide you received from your granddaughter -I love this! Sally said it best - it looks like Zentangles! Your beads are fantastic...such a beautiful job!

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  9. Beautiful beads, Miss Marlene! Very graphic. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  10. What beautiful beads! I love the bail bead~fantastic idea!!!

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  11. Oh, nice! I love that you made your own beads. (I also love the story about your granddaughter! How cute!) I think you did an excellent job on this. Thank you for sharing it.

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  12. Marlene, Your necklace and earrings are gorgeous! I must have been a fun day making the beads for this piece with your Granddaughter.
    Therese

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  13. Hi Marlene, I hope this isn't a duplicate post - I was having challenges getting online. First, I love your special little logo. And the fact that you made your beads is amazing. I especially like the dangle - it sure has personality. Great job!

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  14. You and your granddaughter do great work. Loved all the pieces!

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  15. Oh, so pretty! I bet you had a wonderful time with your granddaughter

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  16. Wow, amazing work, I love the earrings!

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  17. Your beads are beautiful! I love the story about your granddaughter too :-) The dangle on your necklace really caught my eye. It reminds me of a lovely curled up monarch butterfly caterpillar (except in strict black and white).

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  18. amazing! I love how you designs he beads!! and with a special helper ... I bet that was a great afternoon! Love the designs Marlene

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