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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Inspired By Winter

Edit to add:  I've still got about ten or so more blogs to visit.  I'll get there later tonight and won't leave out anyone!

I'd like to give a big thank you to Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime for creating this Winter-themed design challenge/blog hop:  Inspired By Winter.  Her intention was to encourage everyone to get out of their design ruts by creating something inspired by the colors of Winter.  I imagine that this challenge was a bit easier for those who live in colder regions.  Our Gulf coast winter has been uncommonly mild so, I had to imagine a more stereotypical Winter scene as my inspiration.

I thought of a secret walled garden covered in snow with lichens growing on statuary.  Some of the lichens have bright red fruiting bodies providing the only "color" to the garden and the only hint at the beauty which will return with Spring.  My palette of colors are icy grayed blue, black with splashes of lichen green-gray, and red.  I used sterling silver and 1/10 silver-filled wire and the necklace was antiqued with liver of sulphur.  The skeleton key charm is antiqued pewter from Bad Girl Castings via Fallen Angel Brass.
 
Frozen English Garden
Frozen English Garden

Cladonia Forest

40 comments:

  1. Your necklace is a great interpretation of the winter photos.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  2. Love that red! My garden's under snow, too (though it hardly looks like the one you posted), and the nandina berries sure make winter more tolerable here in the frozen NE!

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    1. I really love the deep, dark reds. The bright ones--not so much. But, this necklace needed it to mimic the lichen.
      My mom's nandina hasn't had any berries this year. I'm guessing it's a result of a fairly brutal trimming that the lawn guy gave it last year. Grr.

      *stay warm!*

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  3. You have truly captured your image of winter from your photos in your gorgeous necklace! Love the key - but it is the red that is really making this necklace such a beauty!!

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    1. Thank you, Patti! I'm so glad that you like it.

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  4. Your inspiration is so reflected in your creation. Love the greys with the red.And who would not want to have a key to a secret garden

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    1. Thank you! I think we all need secret gardens to sneak off to when we need time to think; though, I'm not sure I would enjoy one blanketed with snow. We really are spoiled along the Gulf coast with our mild winters.

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  5. oh how beautiful! I LOVE the use of red fiber and rondelles in this necklace in amongst the greys ... truly stunning use of color. LOVE this necklace

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  6. Striking photo. Fabulously interpreted! The beautiful, somber grays really make the brilliant deep reds dance across your design. I've decided lichen is my new favorite color.

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    1. Thank you very much. :) I've always loved grays and tend to look for excuses to wear or use them!

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  7. Great interpretation of the picture! I too love seeing snow and ice covered branches and growths....and I love stone and lichen, very much!

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    1. Thank you, Staci! The natural world holds so much inspiration--more than we could use in many lifetimes.

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  8. Excellent work! I was just commenting on another blog how red seems to be the secondary dominant color! I really love your design and the key is a wonderful addition!

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    1. Thank you so very much!

      I, too, noticed that a lot of us chose red. Red berries, cardinals, etc. all fit into the winter theme quite well.

      I am really enjoying working with the pewter castings from Fallen Angel Brass. It's a pretty nice bang for the buck!

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  9. Even in the dead of winter there is color. Thank you for finding it and sharing it! I am very smitten with your skeleton key. There is a mystery and time etched in those swirls. Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. Thank you, Erin. I'm so glad that you like it. Be sure to check out the pewter castings (Fallen Angel Brass on Etsy). I'm having a lot of fun with them. One cool thing is that the color works well with both LOS-treated copper and silver.

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  10. Beautiful inspiration ... gorgeous interpretation!!! Love that necklace!

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    1. I really appreciate your kind words, Lola! :)

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  11. I love your piece, it's very beautiful.

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  12. Lovely necklace! I haven't seen British Soldier Lichen since my days growing up in NJ, thanks for the lil trip down memory lane :)

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    1. Thanks, Ali! I don't think it grows around here, either. I miss it from my days when I lived further north (though still firmly within the South!).

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  13. Wonderful!! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the old key!!! And how I would love to have my own walled, secret garden :)

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    1. Thank you, Mary! It be wonderful to have a garden like that; I can dream--right? ;)

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  14. Oh Susan I love your necklace! The muted tones of the grey with the perfect little accents of the red, GORGEOUS. I love how the key captures the eye, I've got a thing for keys, I love perusing flea markets for them. Your necklace is such a wonderful interpretation of the lichen! Thank you so much for participating in the hop!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sally. I've really enjoyed your challenge/blog hop. Thanks so much for sponsoring it!

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  15. I love it! Your necklace is beautiful and I love how you managed to capture not only the colors in the photo, but the spirit of it as well.

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    1. I appreciate your kind words, Tanya! I had a lot of fun with this and I'm glad that it shows. :)

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  16. I love that winter can look so different around the world! We would never get reds in the winter, but you've shown them off to great effect in the necklace!

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    1. Thank you, Karin. Seeing all the variety in everyone's color choices really has been an interesting view into Winter in areas other than our own.

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  17. Your piece invokes a feeling of warmth in winter. I love the metal beads with the red. It is beautiful.

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  18. Love this! The colors are so deep and rich, and the elements are just beautiful!

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  19. Sorry I am late!
    The necklace is enchanting, and so lovely. I adore the story you have created, a history and context for the piece. The reds make me think of berries, stark against the white snow as well...

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    1. You're not late; there is no rush!

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad that you like my necklace. I think that I must have accomplished my goal with the necklace because you understood it perfectly. Yay!

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  20. Wow - I love all the elements of this necklace - superb!! Love the photos and the necklace reminds me of winter in such a nice way!

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