Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The creative continuum of 7 artists–reveal three!

Here we are, end of March almost and it’s time to bring you another installment of the CC7A.  As a reminder here is the gang, brought together by Alicia to have a grand old time.

Here’s the team:
Monique of A Half-Baked Notion
Christine of One Kiss Creations
Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers
Sally of The Studio Sublime
Therese of Therese's Treasures
Alicia of All The Pretty Things
and me makes 7

This month Sally sent us all a spark of Contrasting Colors.  I forgot to take a photo of all the lovely beads all mixed together so please follow that last link for a peek.  As pretty as the beads are all together I immediately separated them – what a difference! This palette that I received was so intriguing and outside my regular "colour operandi" that it was a complete joy.  There was bead shopping done, bead making done and lots of time spinning ideas around.

Oh the tension of the contrast! The pinky oranges and greens, would they all play nice? From this little peek I’m not so sure.

cc7a mar necklace

Stepping back a bit for the full look I’m a bit more convinced.  I began the project by wire wrapping all the little mottled green glass rounds, at that point unsure of what I would create.  It was the three holes of the beautiful copper focal that had me full of inspiration and doubt all at once.


I created some little polymer disks in a translucent orange-pink and gave the edge a sweep of gold mica to keep the orange tones of the little facetted rondelles going.  This lead to me wanting to create some polymer connectors along the same lines, using the image of lily of the valley as a fitting spring tie in.

necklace on

In the end it is quite long and I may remove some sections at the back to have it come up a bit – or not.
I was a little sad that none of the bracelet ideas I had came together with this focal since I simply wanted to incorporate too many pieces.  Then it occurred to that this year's BOC charm swap included a heart from Kristi Bowman Design.

cc7a mar bracelet

I’m pleased with this kind of coordinating pieces without being matchy-match.  I would have never dreamed up this bracelet if not for Sally’s beautiful mix of beads to start from.

bracelet close up
I did say I made a bunch of beads right? Yup, I even made a cabochon (that's like a little fib since it is more of a pendant without a hole drilled, but I thought hey - options!) I must have been channeling my talented CC7A bead embroidery friends.  Similar polymer connectors will soon be making their way into the A Polymer Penchant etsy shop in the coming days.

I’m so excited to see what all those other beautiful contrasting colours grew up to be.  Thanks ladies for such a fun journey.  I'm just going to have those links here at the end too - get hopping!

Here’s the team:
Monique of A Half-Baked Notion
Christine of One Kiss Creations
Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers
Sally of The Studio Sublime
Therese of Therese's Treasures
Alicia of All The Pretty Things
and me makes 7


  1. Ah, the focal, it got me stumped for a while too :) I love what you created, Emma, it is a beautiful palette, contrasting in a very subtle way. The pink / gold / copper combination is extremely elegant, and your connectors are simply delicious! The bracelet is gorgeous too - love how it matches the necklace in general, without being a smaller copy of it, that's hard to achieve, and you did it perfectly.
    I am so glad you're getting so inspired by this event (a cab! inquiring minds want to see it!), that was what I hoped it will happen when I started it... and to see it happening with other artists in the group, not only myself, is truly precious. Thank you!

  2. I love how the precise colour scheme you developed really "fools the eye", so that I am unsure of the exact colour and the various tones change along the length. LOVE the translucent PC work, which adds an extra sparkle :) Can't wait to see the extras... love when that happens... I also got to use beads I made for other projects way back when :)

  3. Such lovely pieces, love the warm colours together!

  4. Hi Emma,
    I love the necklace it is gorgeous and just the perfect length. I too was a little stumped on how I was going to use Kristie's copper connector, but I think we all found the perfect way to use it. The bracelet is beautiful and simplistic. The fiber band will give a little added warmth to the wrist in this very cold Spring weather.

  5. I love the necklace that you made. The colors work!

  6. oh Emma ~ this is Gorgeous! Feminine, Springtime, Flow, Movement, Fringe ~ just a gorgeous necklace all around. The polymer is such a nice added touch too. And the subtle colors of the bracelet are lovely too.

  7. I would love to see this in person...I think it is beautiful and love your use of colors.

  8. Emma, you guys are really blowing me away with such fabulous work! I am in awe of how well the simple addition of the yellow thread against the pink and muted grey and tans pulls the design as a whole together so well. And the touch of polymer with the sari ribbon to create the bracelet is lovely! BEAUTIFUL!!!

  9. Both piece are so beautiful Emma!! What a lovely surprise to see my heart in your post as well as the challenge piece. I love what you created!

  10. That necklace, with all those colors, turned out absolutely lovely! A gorgeous piece :-)

  11. I think they both turned out wonderful. I really like the length of your necklace. The colors are right up my alley.

  12. I really like both of your pieces. I think the orange and green look great together in your necklace.

  13. Emma, what an incredibly beautiful necklace - love all of the design elements as well as the length = perfect! The bracelet is just gorgeous too!!

  14. Oh, wow, those do play nice together! I love the necklace and how you used fiber. That is always a challenge for me. I keep going back to the necklace and seeing something new. The bracelet is also gorgeous.

  15. oh my, where to start? The necklace is just pure elegance and gorgeousness! It has such depth and flow to it - it's just beautiful! and I laughed at your comment about being outside your color operandi ... me too! but it sure worked for you. And that bracelet has such great boho flair!

  16. I love the pieces...I think ALL of you had to step outside your box and create this time...but I truly love the bracelet...excellent job!


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