Welcome to the 1st ever Art Jewelry Elements Themed Challenge! We decided to take a little break from our monthly component challenge and add a quarterly theme that wouldn't necessarily entail using a specific component in a piece of jewelry or other handmade item, but actually encourage and inspire the creation of art based on that theme. This first challenge was chosen by our talented team mate, Jenny Davies-Reazor...the March hare! She wrote a great post, here, sharing her inspiration behind her choice!
I wasn't sure how I would participate in this one...I could always purchase one of the gorgeous pieces my team mates created, and make a piece of jewelry. I decided, though, that I would create some art components myself to add to my Melismatic Morsel repertoire. I decided to go with mixed-media, resin-filled components.
I found some sweet little digital "inchies" of bunnies and hares on Etsy...check out the shop here! I set out to create some bezels to add the images and resin to.
I started with copper sheet, and decided to cut flower shapes, but they are also very cloud-like! I flooded the copper with lead-free plumber's solder, similar to my molten morsels, then embedded bezels I formed from copper bezel wire. After layering the images, I filled them in with ICE resin. These need another layer of resin so they dome a bit better, but I am a bit behind. I left connector holes off, so they can be punched or drilled where ever you wish!
I thought this was it, but a few days ago, I got a wild hare (sorry!) and thought I would try a couple with polymer clay...I love Jenny's cool mixed-media pieces with resin and polymer and asked her if I could try, and she said "go for it"!
I did about 4 of them, but these are the 2 that I felt really worked. They still need a bit of clean-up and maybe some more color. The hare images are just sitting in these. Will add the resin later.
Go and see all the other hares and bunnies jumping around the internets! Thanks, Jenny, for the inspiration!
Aural - Woodland Bay Native
Heather - Hidden Ridge Studio
Karin Grosset Grange - Ginko et Coquelicot
Michelle McEnroe ( 4 pieces pinned on the AJE Pinterest page)