Saturday, 13 February 2010

Whispered words -- my entry for Vintaj's February challenge

Now the entries have been published over at the Vintaj blog so I will show a couple of pics of my entry for the February design challenge, "Lover's Bouquet".

I got this idea last minute, but oddly enough I didn't send in the entry the last minute. One day before deadline -- that must be some sort of record for me! Anyway, I guess it's a bit conventional, but adding more to it didn't feel like me. Besides, I'm already planning what to do for the next challenge so hopefully I'll have more time for that entry. I like these challenges for two reasons: a) I love working with brass and b) I have a chance to win brass jewelry parts. I'm such a brass junkie...

So... Back to the necklace and the voting. Here is how I described my piece (text can also be found in the challenge gallery):
I wanted to make something romantic and serene with a vintage touch. An uncomplicated bouquet of flowers, like a whispered word of love -- perhaps from a shy lover or admirer. For the focalpiece I cut and bent a lovely floral Deco Vines Filigree apart and attached a few czech pressed-glass flower beads in a soft amber and pink hue. To that I added an Ornate Chain for a princess length necklace, saving one link to suspend the bead drop at the bottom of the filigree. The shape of the finished necklace reminds me of a patinated jardiniere.

Please check out the Vintaj blog to cast your vote, either for me (aiding me in my brass addiction, that is a noble cause) or someone else's entry that you like. I won't vote -- feels a bit odd doing that when participating plus I wouldn't be able to choose just one entry. I've got at least three different favourites this month.

*UPDATE: My entry finished third with just 1 % fewer votes than the runner-up. Thank you all, who took the time to vote for me!*

*SECOND UPDATE: If you want to learn how I created the filigree focalpiece, see Manekis filigranstomme. Text in Swedish as I've not yet translated the tutorial, but the instructions include several photos.*

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