Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Challenge of Color Blog Hop...Fruit Star

Per my usual modus operandi, I am late in finishing my challenge/blog hop posts, so if you stopped by earlier and didn't see anything, my apologies...hope it was worth the wait!

Erin Prais-Hintz, over at Treasures Found, founded this color palette - inspired hop/challenge to get herself out of a color rut, and let me tell you, it works!  We told her what color we wanted and she chose a palette especially for us from a wonderful site, Design Seeds.  I told her green...not sure why, I work with green all the time.  It is my "go to" color!  I think my thought process was that it would be a safe, easy color scheme for me to work with and I could create something in my sleep.  Not!

This is the green palette Erin chose....Fruit Star.  Umm, hello?  What do I do with this?  I sort of shut down.  I mean, chartreuse and gray?

 Until I started playing with my Czech glass...I found leaf beads in the perfect shade and decided to make one of my woven flowers.  When I stumbled onto the labradorite on my table I had put out for another project, the light bulb finally turned on!




After the flower, it seems to really come together.  The only issue was that blue color.  When I enameled that blue bead, I thought I had just the right amount of peacock and Elan gray to get that steely look, but on the monitor, it is not the right shade.  Oh well...close enough :)  All the enameled beads were made by me, and the beautiful lampwork is from JavaBead.  I decided to splurge and use sterling and oxidize everything.

Thanks, Erin, for taking my "safe" choice and throwing me a curve ball!  I had fun :)  Now, all of you that are reading, go look at what the other participants created using their own palettes!

18 Tari Kahrs ~ Orange ~ Citrus Tones
35 CJ Bauschka ~ Teal ~ Teal Air
41 Jenni Connolly ~ Gray ~ Paw Tones


46 comments:

  1. Gorgeous work! Love it.

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  2. stunning, what wonderful colours and love your star focal you've created

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  3. Oh my god - that is outstandig. Love it, love it, love it. All the details and that wrapped flower - so pretty!

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  4. Oh, you NAILED it! I would have balked at that palette as well. Excellent work!

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  5. It really came together! Love your flower!

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  6. High Five. Labradorite was a perfect choice. All pieces play nice together.

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  7. Wow, wow, wow!
    This wasn't an easy palette but you nailed it! Your enameled beads are great!

    Great job, I love your piece.

    Ambra

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  8. Absolutely beautiful! I love your woven flower.

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  9. Fun design. Nice wire work too.

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  10. So loving that flower! I can see how it was a challenging color palette, but you totally nailed it. Your gorgeous enameled beads, the wire work, everything makes this an awesome bracelet!!!

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  11. I think your bracelet is quite a success!! Love it!

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  12. I know that your palette would have totally stumped me but you pulled it all together. Your bracelet is a total stunner.

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  13. Things I love about this bracelet:
    1. your enamel beads
    2. your leafy flower
    3. the clasp

    great piece I love it!

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  14. :-)
    So funny that I could push you into the deep end of color even with your 'safe' choice! I love this palette and was sorely tempted to keep it for myself, but I am so glad that I didn't. That flower is perfect and even reflects the star fruit shape! You did a great job and I am so delighted that you chose to play with me!
    Thank you for taking on the challenge of color!
    Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  15. those colors would have thrown me too! But you managed to pull it all together, And what a beautiful bracelet came out of it! good work!

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  16. ack, Melissa, this is just an incredible piece! I love the flower, and those enameled beads, and that wire work...oh heavens ;)

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  17. The fruit star color palette is gorgeous and your design fantastic! I like the variety of beads and components used-well done. Really beautiful piece, very fun too!

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  18. Love your design...you totally nailed it.love your wire work...how you wrapped the flower and the paler yellow bead.fabulous.

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  19. That is just breathtaking, as usual!! That flower is fabulous!! All the elements you've combined are just perfect. I love this palette! And I actually rather like the blue way that bead looks in there.

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  20. Wow Melissa - this is simply stunning. I think that the color combo is so hip and fashionable, and you interpreted it beautifully in your piece. I am always inspired by your work, and this piece is no exception. Gorgeous!

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  21. Melissa, Your bracelet is very pretty I like how you used your color palette to create your piece and the flower you made with the green leaf beads is beautiful.
    Therese

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  22. Beautiful! Your woven flower was the heart that brought this to life. Great job!

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  23. This is so creative. I love your woven flower! Your colors look great!

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  24. I think the blue bead is great with it. Isn't it fun to see the palettes we ended up with and then challenge ourselves. Love it.

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  25. Melissa, I love the bracelet. What a gorgeous mix of color! Who would have thought... green... no a happy, shout from the roof top chartreuse!

    Great job! {Hugs!}

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  26. Ohhh, that is absolutely gorgeous, Melissa! I love the flower you made with the leaves! And you just played out your palette perfectly!

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  27. I am totally in love with your star!!! You really captured the palette and brought it together seamlessly.

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  28. Fabulous job you did with that fun palette. Love you flower cluster, enameled beads and how you put it all together.

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  29. wow love what you made. your flower looks like the star fruit.
    Beautiful,
    Shannon C

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  30. I have never been a big fan of chartreuse, but now I have to rethink that. Great job!

    Emanda

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  31. Oh Melissa! The colors and the wire detail is STUNNING!!! I just LOVE your beautiful bracelet!!

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  32. Just gorgeous! I'm so jealous of the flower and the torch-fired bead. Stunning!

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  33. Your doohickey is perfect! I loooove that palette and even though it may have caused you panic, you really made a melismatic piece!!!! I'm going to be headed north to Pa a few days before Christmas. If you're around, I'd love to take the Frederick route and meet up. Let's chat!

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  34. Ummm.... hello.... it is amazingly gorgeous!

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  35. That blue is definitely close enough. And, oh my!! What a beauty you've created! Your bracelet turned out wonderfully. Love it!

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  36. What a stunning bracelet!

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  37. Wow! You really met that challenge!

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  38. The wrapped flower is so very pretty! Beautiful colors and beautiful bracelet!

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  39. What an incredible, striking bracelet. So original. Love it!

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  40. Oh WOWZA do I love this!!!!!

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  41. I really love this! Especially the 'star' of leaves. So much fun and yet elegant too, lovely.

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  42. I am so in love with those colors, and your design is GORGEOUS!

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  43. That is absolutely splendid! Want. want.

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  44. Fab bracelet! Great work with a really tricky colour combo. Love the flower and the mix of shapes, sizes and textures in the design. A challenge well done!

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  45. And it turned out gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

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  46. Wow Melissa, you really rose to the challenge! That looks great, blue bead and all!

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