Friday, November 30, 2012

Earth as Art

Welcome to the Challenge of Color 2012 Blog Hop!

The Challenge

Hosted by Erin of Treasures Found in collaboration with Brandi of Brandy Girl Blog. The pictures Erin chose are from satellite photos of various places on the earth. Please go to Erin's wonderful post explaining these images. Brandi then created color palettes for each image. Participants were given two of the images/palettes to use as inspiration to create a piece of jewelry.

Of course, I did not start the project until the 11th hour. Fortunately, it wasn't from just pure procrastination. I also had to take an unexpected flight to see my family. This threw my schedule way off. It did, however, give me a chance to let my ideas percolate. Due to time issues I only used one of the palettes.

The Inspiration

Pinacate Volcano Field
  December 5, 2002
  • The pockmarked terrain of Pinacate National Park in Mexico's Sonora Province is evidence of a violent past. Among hundreds of volcanic vents and cinder cones are rare maar craters, formed when rising magma met underground water to create pockets of steam that blew nearly circular holes in the overlying crust.
Amazing isn't it! There was something about these colors that completely drew me in. The other image had colors that were more in my comfort zone, but I really wanted to challenge myself. I also chose to use only what I could find in my stash to create. This meant absolutely no purchasing of anything new ~ those of you that know me know how hard this is for me. I had to get really creative to get the yellow colors into my design. I didn't have one yellow bead. ~ Originally I had plans to get the torch fired up and create something out of glass. Alas, this did not come to pass. ~ I also have a very limited supply of yellow metals ~ brass and gold. I did however have an abundance of ammo casings. (Thanks to my trip this month!)

The Result

The components I used, listed in the same color order as the palette:

      *brass bullet casings
              ~ for the end caps and disks
              ~ I cut some casings up and punched the resulting
                 miniature sheets into tiny disks.
      *gold chain
      *lava beads
             ~seemed very fitting due to the location of the satellite
             ~my 5 yr old son actually picked these out for himself
               last month when I dragged him along to the store...
               What luck!
      *amethyst beads
            ~ for a pop of color and contrast at the
               top not an exact match but it was close ;)
      *sterling silver with a LOS patina




  Please leave a comment telling me what you think!

Thanks for visiting!

~Michelle :)

Here are links to all of the challenge participants. 
Happy hopping!

Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker ---> you are here!
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams


  1. Wow! These are beautiful! I love that you recycled ammo!

  2. Weren't the Challenge of Color palettes just beautiful? I was so happy with the ones I got. You made such gorgeous pieces with yours! You did a fantastic job on this challenge!

  3. What great earrings!!! Love the shell casings. Your definately did your palette justice!

  4. Yes, these surely match your pallette! Just beautiful!

  5. yay for the lava beads - love it! I bet those would be a real blast (ah that relly wasn't inteneded) to wear. I love earrings full of movement

  6. I am in love with these earrings. I love how you translated the mood of the pallet.

  7. bullet casings and lava beads!!!! These earrings are awesome and look perfect with your palette! Nice job!

  8. OK - LOVE the bullet casings in your design - and you really picked up on the colors and feel to your Color Palette - totally am in love with these earrings...very unique! JLynn

  9. These are beautiful, just lovely. Andrea

  10. I love what you did with this - spectacular!

  11. A very refreshing design and totally befitting the theme! Loved the use of lava beads!

  12. These are very kool and unique! Great use of the colour palette! Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

  13. Those are just stunning! I love how you captured the colors in the palette. I also love the bullet casings and lava rocks -- the earrings are fabulous from top to bottom.

  14. Your earrings look fun and fanciful. A unique design. You used your color palette well. I too used only supplies I had on hand.

  15. I'm really digging the bullet casings - I love seeing a touch of the unexpected, so that with the lava is awesome!

    Thanks so much for playing along!

  16. 'Love the lava beads, and what great upcycling of the bullet casings!!!

  17. Your earring are great , love the use of bullet casings.

  18. Love your conversion of the casings. The lava is perfect with them. Both pairs of earrings are stunning.

  19. Fantastic response to the challenge! I too decided to shop in my stash -- a double challenge for me too.

  20. The lava beads are perfect - love these!

  21. I love your earrings! It's as though pieces of the earth jumped off the color palette and onto some ear wires ... fantastic!

  22. I must find myself some bullet casings! (Will I have to go into a gun shop?) What you've created is just amazing...I LOVE it!

  23. Hello Miss Michelle! I am finishing up my tour of the world today with you! I love these earrings. Very edgy. They hint at danger, with the shell casings and the lava rocks. I think that you did an amazing job of translating that color palette into these earrings. I am so glad that you were still able to participate even if life was throwing you a curve. And with you own stash too! That IS a challenge ;-)
    Thank you for playing with me! Enjoy the day. Erin

  24. Very unusual earrings. Nice job. I too have some bullet casings I've been experimenting with. You did great with these.

  25. Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. This was so much fun!

  26. I'm COMPLETELY in love with these earrings you made! Not only are they wildly different with those gorgeous lava beads, but the brass bullet casings are right up my alley :)

    I love, love, LOVE them!!!