Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Very Vintage Challenge Reveal!

I've never participated in a beading challenge before, but when I saw the name Very Vintage Challenge I was immediately hooked! You all know how I like vintage, so this was a win-win situation. The challenge is hosted by Michelle Mach and I ordered my kit from her, thinking that this might be a lot of fun.

Fall Challenge Button

When I received the kit, I was intrigued. I've never used lucite before, and I've only used Vintaj components once or twice, so I knew this would be a true challenge for me.

I knew I didn't have a lot in my stash that would match, so I bought a smattering of Vintaj and antiqued brass components and chain. I went through my stash and began to pull out semiprecious stone that I thought might coordinate, like fossil coral and carnelian.

I laid things out and began trying to put things together. The first thing I decided was that I liked the Vintaj branch. A lot. I contemplated how to use it in the necklace, and realized that it could be a great centerpiece if I punched holes in it. I pulled out my two-hole punch and went to work.

After I'd modified the Vintaj component, I remembered the ceramic owl beads I just bought, and I thought that it would be a perfect focal bead. I also found some large fossilized wood cylinders, and when I put the beadcap from the kit on top, it looked like an acorn, so I incorporated that as well.

After that, I experimented with different links and textures, and here's the final result:

Hope you have time to stop by the other blogs and see what everyone did with their kits!

Andrew: The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Cat: Boo Beads

Chris: beadjewelry.net

Cilla: Tell Your Girlfriends

Cyndi: Beading Arts

Cynthia: Cynth's Blog

Dawn: Morning Glory Beading

Donetta: Simply Gorgeous

Heather: As I Bead It

Holly: SilverRose Designs

Kate: We Can Make That at Home

Kristina: Wild Roses and Blackberries

Linda: Lutka & Co

Lisa: Lucid Mood Studio

Lola: Bead Lola Bead

Mary: MLH Jewelry

Melinda: Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs

Michelle : Beads & Books

Michelle H.: Firefly Visions

Salla: Blog by Salla

Shannon: Falling into the Sky

Shay: Shaiha's Ramblings

Shel: MiShel Designs

Shirley: Beads and Bread

Stephanie: Pixybug Designs

Tari: Pearl and Pebbles

Terry: Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry

Tracy: The Bead Junkie


TesoriTrovati said...

So ding dang cute! I love the little owlie. I have been creating more owlets tonight. Such a great color palette for fall too. Can't wait to see what everyone else cooks up!
Enjoy the day!

Anonymous said...

I love it. Piercing the branch was a great idea...it looks terrific as the focal,and the owl is perfect. Your acorn is nicer than mine, too!!

Melinda Orr said...

Beautiful necklace...love your owl with the leaves dangling!

Kate said...

Darling! The branch is the perfect centerpiece for those dangles. And of course, I love that owl bead, too.

bwheather said...

Ah, so lovely. Those links in the chain are so lovely with the beads you've added. Gorgeous. ;-)

Cillaw said...

Great piece. You had me on looking at your extra bead stash!Very creative without looking cluttered.

Shirley said...

Totally jealous you have a punch, I could have really used that for the branch!! :) Great chain you picked out, goes perfect with the components. That owl is just adorable!

Shel said...

wow - I love this!! What a fantastic design - this is co cool!! I too love the owl!

Pearl and Pebble said...

OOOOOHHHHH LOVE IT!!! That owl is awesome! I'll say you went out and picked up a few things to add to your stash! I'm dooling......

Anonymous said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE. Love the owl.

salla said...

lovely! I am so totally obsessed with owls at the moment! I have got to go buy me some.

Firefly Visions said...

I love the focal piece. The addition of the owl with the dangling leaves is wonderful. The owl brightens it up while still creating the autumnal tone.

Bead Lola Bead said...

Beautiful necklace! I really love how you turned that branch into a perfectly balanced focal. Just lovely!

Cyndi L said...

What a treasure trove you pulled out for the challenge! Great job :-)

Lutka And Co. said...

Love it! The owl is too precious!

Chris said...

Love love love love the owl!!!

Very nice. :)

uptwnsh said...

What a great owly focal placement! This just rocks!

Cynthia said...

Love your owl focal - so cute. The necklace is stunning! great job!

Holly said...

What a great necklace! I love that owl - just lovely! Wasn't this a fun challenge?

Mary said...

It is such a cute necklace that owl just brings it all together!

Michelle Mach said...

So cute! I like the way your necklace turned out.

It's funny that a few people used owls in their designs. I really wanted to include an owl in the kit, but I just couldn't decide which one to get. Now I'm glad that I didn't include one. I love seeing the different owl personalities!

Hope to see you in a future challenge!

Tracy said...

Just gorgeous, how cute is that owl?

Shaiha said...

Oh I just love the owl! I just knew that branch needed one.