Monday, January 25, 2010

ETSYMETAL Jewelry Challenge: Project Runway Season 7.2 "Burlap!"

For those of you who are just stopping in for a peek, EtsyMetal is holding a fun freestyle Jewelry Challenge that is coinciding with Project Runway episodes. Every weekend we will post the video link of the latest PR challenge, then we will post all the submissions from the previous weeks challenge, and also give the next weeks "theme."

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WELCOME to the reveal of Episode 1 entries to the EtsyMetal Jewelry Challenge!
Below are our "twelve" EtsyMetal Team entries AND "three" guest submissions!
Last weeks TV challenge was a little vague to me. Tim Gunn asked the designers to run and grab as much Mood fabric they could in 3 minutes. then he said, "Now only pick 5 of them that you love, and make something that represents and speaks about you and your style."

So for this to be interpreted into a jewelry challenge and to spice it up a bit, I grasped on to the 5 statement and we asked you to incorporate the number 5 somehow, your interpretation of that.

Sara says, "I wanted to do a bracelet that used 5 different themes in my work to express my "style."

Shannon says, "Sandcast from a large vintage button. I then sawed out a portion of the center, shaped it and soldered it to the band. This ring features 5 flowers and 5 tube-set faceted stones (peridot, amethyst, citrine, white topaz and garnet). I really love the asymmetry of the piece."

Kathryn says, "This piece is much larger than I usually work, but I am happy with how it turned out."

VIctoria says, " I was kind of stumped by this weeks theme, so I went to the rudimentary basics of this challenge and literally made a 5.  I  fabricated a large hollow form made of Copper. I then oxidized it and left a soft warm finish."  *measurements: h 1.5/8" x w 7/8" x d 3/8".

Mark says, "Hamsa-Khamsa, hand of Fatima-hand of Mariam, it depends on your religion, but it also means FIVE, they all use the same word, so why can't they get along better? "
*materials: sterling silver, brass, turquoise.

Nina says, "loves me... loves me not... loves me... loves me not... loves me.
A game (French in origin) where a person alternately says, "He loves me." and "He loves me not." while pulling petals off a flower. The last petal/phrase is the truth about the object of ones affection.
This little keepsake box will hold flower petals, or tiny love notes.
For Project Runway, theme "Five"; there are five copper petals on the flower and five garnet beads on the chain. The back of the box has more stamped petals."

Materials:  Oxidized Sterling Silver

Materials: Sterling Silver with Pearls

Kira says, "Five shells from the beach here on Maui. "

Nina says, "These cage structures are an element I am introducing in my work so I wanted to explore them more here. Each cage has five "arms", for in silver, one in 18k gold. I had originally intended to do the entire necklace of them but I ran out of the 16 gauge wire and I also ran out of gas. Literally. And I just happened to have made five of them! So I ended up creating this asymmetrical look and I am really happy with how it turned out."

Materials: Oxidized Sterling Silver

Stacey says, "I chose to incorporate five elements that i love to use."
*flowers- cut outs and piercings
*cabochons-especially nongemmy with plenty of detail
*handmade chain
*oxidized silver
*monochromatic colors

NOW for our fabulous 3 GUEST Designer entries!!!
I just want to add that it is a pleasure to see and have you join in on this challenge, we love to meet new people and see wonderful new work, thank you for playing with us!

Inbar Bareket says, "My five is a huge pendant cut from fine silver, build from the Number 5, and it's divided to 5 areas, and each area was etched with different lace pattern, oxidized .... and I wanted to add pearls - but I've decided to stop here! Maybe one day !
The pendant is 44mm width X 74mm high (1.75" x 2.9").

Jo Hollingsworth says, "I fell in love with fontography and typography years ago in school. So even though we had the option to use five stones, or a pattern of five, I immediately went searching through fonts for a very cool number five. I wanted a modern look, and something that was wider at the ends, so I could put a thick ring around it and it couldn't escape. I love how architectural this is, and how it could be a 5, or an S, or a 2, or just a form. To give it a nice feeling of weight, I sawed it out of thick sterling silver sheet and sanded it to a nice satin finish. I'm looking forward to watching it develop a distressed look as it gets banged around every day on my wrist.

Kathryn Cole says, "I decided to make 5 different oval and circle shapes for my necklace. It is a simple interpretation of Five."

**guidelines for guest participants:**

Please read this every week as there may be small updates and changes. The pieces you submit must be pieces that are made specifically for that weeks challenge. Then post your links in this weeks comment area, I will retrieve them as they come in before the deadline.

*We only are accepting guest submissions from our blog comment area at this time, insert your links there. Then please cross-post this to your Blog, Flickr, Etsy, etc. And tag them with "Project Runway Season 7 Episode 2." Currently we will post your name with a link and a picture of your piece on our blog. Remember, the rigid deadline for submitting your link is always on Fridays, 12 noon, Pacific Standard Time. The new blog posts will go up the weekend after the new episode airs.

Episode 2 is all about the Burlap!
SO come one and come all and submit a piece that has incorporated this most basic of materials, the raw sweetness and purity of BURLAP!  This is so exciting, the possibilities are endless and the best part is seeing what YOU will create from this crazy stuff!
Have fun and we will see you next week, we are very much looking forward to seeing all your Burlapee' creations!
*click here to watch Episode 2: MyLifetime full video!


Anonymous said...

wonderful creations!

Anny Key said...

I work with wire. Can I join your project?

Beth Cyr said...

Anyone is welcome to join in the fun! You just have to follow the weekly guidelines, but often material is not metal (like this week's burlap) so its not just a metal challenge. :)

idreamicanfly said...

Can I just mention how hard it is to find burlap? Geesh. Two days of searching and still no luck. I've tried the whole produce distributor, the florist, and one local coffee shop...

Beth Cyr said...

oh no! i was hoping my fabric store would have some - I thought I remembered seeing it the last time I was there - I haven't had a chance to go look though!

Victoria Takahashi said...

hi you guys!

Anny Key, yes we would love for you to play with us too, wire is great too, it is a "jewelry" challnege :)

Jo H, if you cant find burlap, try using canvas or rough raw material of some sort? also an asian thai restarant may have old rice bag(burlappy) they might give you?
good luck! Im sure you will figure something out :)

idreamicanfly said...

My burlap piece is up!

I finally found some burlap at a local coffee shop. Apparently any place that roasts their own beans has burlap.

Victoria Takahashi said...

Thanks everyone so much for your interest and particiation!
The new blog post is up!

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