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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Alice In Wonderland Design Challenge & Blog Hop!

Today's the big day to reveal our Alice In Wonderland-inspired creations.  Thank you Staci & Genea for thinking of such a fun design challenge.

My first piece of jewelry was an obvious choice as it is inspired by the Queen of Hearts.  Rather than using bright red, I chose to use a more subdued garnet red.  I  made a two-layered heart pendant from PMC and attached a chain that I made by rosary wrapping tiny translucent garnet colored Czech glass beads and Thai Hill Tribe beads with 20 gauge sterling silver wire.  The chain was finished with a simple clasp that I formed from 16 gauge wire.  The smaller heart may appear to have been enameled but is instead, painted with Pebeo porcelain paint in the color "Etruscan". That paint is cured by baking it in the oven rather than a kiln.

PMC fine silver heart
Ready to wear to a tea party, perhaps?

Simple Clasp

PMC fine silver heart
My second piece of jewelry was a bit more involved.  I'm a cat lover and was determined to make a Cheshire Cat necklace so, I looked for public domain art that I could use and found some 1916 images.  The cat illustration was cleaned up a bit and turned into a negative mirror image with Photoshop.  I then printed it onto PNP (press and peel) film and ironed it onto a sheet of 18 gauge brass.  I etched it electrolytically using D cell batteries and a saltwater bath.  That etched sheet of brass became my texture plate and I made a PMC pendant.

etched brass Cheshire cat
 Cheshire Cat Etched Onto 18 g Brass

PMC fine silver Cheshire cat necklace
Cheshire Cat Necklace

PMC fine silver Cheshire cat necklace
 Pendant

I decided to use cantaloupe and yellow beads to suggest the colors of a ginger tabby rather than the usual hot pink.  I've always had a soft spot for ginger kitties so, I'm sure that is part of my motivation in using those colors.  The necklace was finished with a handmade clasp and short lengths of chain that I made by soldering together various sizes of 16 gauge sterling silver jump rings.  I am not sure whether I'll list the Cheshire Cat necklace; I'm leaning toward keeping this one!

Handmade Copper Findings Giveaway!
I carry some handmade copper findings in libellulajewelry.etsy.com. I've been considering adding a few more items beyond my current offerings so, I've put together a small sampler that includes hammered copper circle links and hammered copper clasps.  You can win this sampler by following this blog and leaving a comment with your contact information so that I may email you if you win.  This giveaway is open to both domestic and international  participants.  Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, June 11th.  Good luck to everyone!

handmade copper findings
Assortment of Copper Ear Wires, Headpins, Clasps, & Links



Please visit all the other participants:


Ginger Bishop

www.lilmummylikes.blogspot.com

Staci Louise Originals

www.stacilouise.blogspot.com

Genea Beads

www.geneabeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor

www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Heidi Post

www.expostfactojewelry.blogspot.com

Donna Bradley

www.strandedbeads.blogspot.com

Linda Hanes
www.craftygallindadesigns.blogspot.com

Birgitta Lejonklou

www.lejonklou.blogspot.com

Libellula Jewelry & Cicada Silver

www.libellulajewelry.com

Linda Florian

www.lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com

Dyanne Cantrell

www.deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com

Nicole Valentine Rimmel

www.nvalentine.blogspot.com

Jo in Wonderland

www.joyblonde.blogspot.it

Fresh Baked Designs
http://freshbakeddesigns.wordpress.com/

53 comments:

  1. oh, I love your style!! the etched pendant is great, good work!
    I'm Jò , the italien partecipant, I had so much fun partecipating!

    I follow your blog, I really like your jewels!
    I partecipate to your giveaway and I hope to be lucky

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  2. I love the simplicity of your design in the first piece. Awesome job on the etching. Those pendants are gorgeous.

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad it wasn't too simple. I was worried that it might be a bit boring.
      Thanks for your sweet compliments!

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  3. Thanks for showing the process of etching your stamp for your pmc. Your cheshire cat is just wonderful!
    Thanks for participating.

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    1. Thanks, Staci! Many thanks to you and Genea for coming up with such a fun challenge/hop :)

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  4. I love how you curled the cat into your oval after etching! I'd keep that one for sure!

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    1. Thank you and I *did* decide to keep it! It's my first design challenge/hop so, I sort of had to keep it.

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  5. I love love love the PMC piece. That heart is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. What fabulous piece you made! I love the pmc heart, and I love your etched pieces. I can see why you might not want to part with the cheshire cat!

    I'm jealous of your expert rosary chain skills!

    I just became a new follower.

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    1. Thanks, Alice!
      "Expert"--you just made my day! Thank you so much. I love my Wubbers pliers. They make it so much easier for me because I have larger hands and most pliers are too small for comfort but these actually fit.

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  7. I love the cat piece, LOVE it! Really unique and a bit fun too! I had so much fun with this challenge, now I've found a new blog to follow I really love your work!

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    1. Thank you! I love the beads that you made--especially the mushroom. As a child of the 70s, I'll always love mushrooms.

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  8. All I can say is WOW!!! Incredible!!! This was my first challenge. It was fun!

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    1. Thank you, Dyanne. It was a lot of fun, wasn't it?

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  9. Holy guacamole! I LOVE the etching. The heart is to die for. these are awesome pieces!

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! Your comments have really brightened my day :)

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  10. Your work is lovely. Its that simple! The heart is refreshing that is isn't too pink or red, and the text element referencing the book - I love. That was quite a bit of work - but a worthwhile investment in the etched copper. You can keep that one, and do others if you choose!

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    1. Hi Jenny,
      Thanks for the kind words. I really had a lot of fun with this challenge!

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  11. Two great pieces!! Love the two layered heart pendant & I do cat rescue, so I definitely love the Cheshire Cat piece! Orange kitties are some of the sweetest!! I follow your blog & would love to win! alicia coats jewelry (at) g mail (dot) com.

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    1. Hi Alicia! Big hugs to a fellow cat person :)
      Best of luck in winning!

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  12. Susan your work is unbelievable! You're definitely making me want to learn to work with PMC now :) What a process to make the cat - I would definitely keep him if I were you. Besides now that you have your texture plate, you can always make another one if you so choose. You know I already started following your blog earlier this week ;) Congratulations on creating the most gorgeous necklaces.

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    1. Hey Heidi! We can definitely get together and work on PMC. You are going to have so much fun. And, I know you will totally love electrolytic etching--no acid!
      Best of luck in winning the findings sampler.

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  13. Oh I just LOVE the heart! I love that you took the queen of hearts idea and toned down the red to garnet. The heart is so spectacular with its layers and color!

    I absolutely ADORE the cheshire cat pendant you created as he is my favorite character! I love the chain and clasps you created as well!

    What beautiful pieces with such creativity!

    Thanks so much for participating!

    xo Genea (eyedoglass@hotmail.com)

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    1. Hi Genea! Your beads are so pretty! Thanks for the kind words about my necklaces. I'm so glad that you like my Cheshire cat--it means a lot coming from someone who loves him so.
      Best of luck in winning the sampler :)

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  14. Oh I just love your designs, The way you created the pmc cat pendant is fabulous, what a great idea! My email is mlgovaar@pacbell.net

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    1. Thanks, Mary and good luck on winning the findings sampler!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad that the fun I had while making them is evident in the finished products.

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  16. What great ideas for both of these pieces. I like the simplicity of your chains. It helps ensure that your beautiful pendants are really the focal to the pieces! I'm a follower and my e-mail is CradtyHope at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Hope! Thank you so much and good luck on the giveaway :)
      Isn't the rain awful today? Ugh; I finally got some inspiration and I'm working on a bracelet. We'll see how that goes...

      Our PMC classes in Jackson got postponed until September or October :(

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  17. Love both of these necklaces, but my favorite has to be the Cheshire Cat! And your handmade chains are just lovely compliments to the pendants.
    Lynda

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynda! I did decide to keep him. Not sure why but I feel kind of greedy keeping the necklace for me.

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  18. Thank you so much for offering your sampler components as a give-away. Do you know of any good books about PMC-I received everything I need to start-but am a little afraid to begin.You can reach me at nancy.saccoccio@gmail.com

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    1. You're welcome, Nancy & good luck.
      I don't have a lot of PMC books but I'll email you tomorrow with some info.

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  19. Love both these necklaces, especially the Cheshire cat! His grin makes me grin! Your work is outstanding - truly "wearable art"!

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  20. Forgot to say that I follow your blog!

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    1. Hi Susan
      I did not have time to post a lot Yesterday but now Im here..
      I must say You made TWO gorgeous pieces of art!
      the queen of heart is wonderful and the cat is artistic and playful ...I wish i could make metal follow my dreams like that ..You are so skilled !! and You know I love to use Your gorgeous supply :) (and that cat is a keeper for sure)

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    2. Hi Birgitta!
      You are a sweetie. I love your roses bracelet--so feminine.
      Good luck in the findings contest!
      I'll email you later today...

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  21. And this is why I love blog hops: I always find an artist who blows me away that I would otherwise never known about. This time it's you. WOW is so not enough. I love your pieces. One question though what are the words on the heart pendant? Oh and I'm now a follower too.

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    1. Hi Ginger! Thanks for following and good luck. Your compliments are incredibly kind; it's hard to believe that they are being said about *me*.
      The texture mat is widely available. It's written really small but I believe that it is written in Latin but I can't make out what it says. I'm guessing that it is intentionally ambiguous.

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  22. I've added your blog to mine. Would love to win your components.

    I love the way you make your wraps for the rosary chain. They truly impress me. What size beads did you use? The chain on the Cheshire cat is just the epitome of artistry. It's just right blend of beads, chain and clasp! I enjoyed the way you explained how you etched the brass. A lot of people aren't as generous in sharing their techniques.

    I agree with Ginger. These blog hops have led me to find people I would not have found otherwise! --Diane V. cambriaz"at"roadrunner"dot"com

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    1. You are too kind! The glass beads are the size 6/0 kind which are 4 mm. They are also called Pony or E-beads.

      I am really free with information because I don't do anything revolutionary or new. I've not invented any methods so, there isn't anything that I could share with anyone that they couldn't find on their own. I might as well share the method or teach someone!

      Thanks!

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  23. Wow! I'd want to keep them both- awesome pieces, love, love, love!

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    1. Thank you so much! As much as I might want to keep a few pieces, I usually can't because materials add up quickly--too quickly. Gotta sell some more to buy more PMC ;)

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  24. And am now following your blog!
    email creationsbykari1@yahoo.com
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some of you amazing metal pieces :)

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