Challenge of Color Blog Hop

Erin Prais-Hintz, that wonderful woman, hosts quarterly challenges and November is the month for the Challege of Color!  I was lucky enough to be included in the hop, and I chose Algerian Abstract out of the two palettes she sent me.   The palettes came from the US Geological Service from their LandSat Project:
 “Our Earth as Art: A Landsat Perspective” is a collection of
spectacular satellite images acquired by the Landsat 7 satellite.  These
remarkable portraits of earth were selected for their aesthetic value.
The color enhanced satellite images show astonishing patterns and
abstractions of vivid colors and fantastic shapes. The collection was
originally developed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Landsat
program — the United States’ oldest land-surface observation satellite
system that captures remotely sensed images of the earth’s land surface
and surrounding coastal regions. A series of satellites have been
launched since 1972, with Landsat 5 and 7 currently in orbit. Landsat
is a dual-agency program between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.”

Here is how the US Geological Service describes this picture:

“What look like pale yellow paint streaks slashing through a mosaic of
mottled colors are ridges of wind-blown sand that make up Erg Iguidi, an
area of ever-shifting sand dunes extending from Algeria into Mauritania
in northwestern Africa. Erg Iguidi is one of several Saharan ergs, or
sand seas, where individual dunes often surpass 500 meters-nearly a
third of a mile-in both width and height”

You can actually buy a print of your picture, I think that’s pretty cool!  Algeria and Mauritania are areas I know very little about – they are considered an Arab Mahgreb country in West Africa.  They are mostly desert with great dunes, as mentioned above.

While the colorful culture of Western Africa is an inspiration, I decided to go with the color palette of the photo.  I immediately thought of the earthy colors of glass I have on hand, and decided I would make a long necklace and use sterling to connect the beads.  I also used liver-of-sulpher to patina the silver after the piece was completed.   Here’s a photo of the piece before everyone took a bath in the liver-of-sulpher and tumbled in the tumbler.

Here’s the finished piece:

I made my own ribbed barrel beads in the colors of the palette, and lined them up in the order of the palette as well.

 I made dozens of wrapped links!

It’s a very long necklace – it measures 32″!

I’m pretty happy with it.  I could be happier, I think, if I had a better color of brown.  This “brown” is really cinnamon, and it reacts in the flame and in the kiln, so it’s not quite a consistent color.  Also, I made some of my own wire wrapped links, but you can’t see them very well.  I should have made more – I like them!


Thank you Erin, for all the work you put into this challenge, and all of the other ones you host!  I know this is a tough job, and you do it so well!

Here’s a list of all the other participants – please take a look at what they made with their palettes.

Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Tanya Goodwin
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman (had to bow out due to a
wrist injury)
Sherri Stokey
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Graham Turner
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lynn White

40 thoughts on “Challenge of Color Blog Hop”

  1. OMG – your barrel beads….LOVE THEM! I would never have thought to combine these colors together – and they are fabulous! Love your wire-wrapped links! Since I attended Art Bliss in September, I have been using LOS on EVERYTHING – I NEVER thought that would happen! This is just gorgeous – and the length is so perfect!

  2. Love the long long necklace. They're my favorite type of necklace to wear. I have to disagree with you on the brown beads though,I think they're perfect – the uneven blend of browns is so pretty, and much more interesting than plain old brown.

  3. Your necklace is so earthy and looks like it has great flow and flexibility. Love those colors. I really like that you showed us what it looked like before and after the liver of sulfur bath and tumbling. I just love the patina version.

  4. I love your beads, Sue, the pattern reminds me of the waves on the sand dunes of the Ergs. And silver is the perfect choice; it is in all the traditional jewellery of the Kabyle people of Algeria. You did an awesome job honouring the inspiration picture!

  5. I love to see your beads! The fact that you get to create them to the exact color of the palette is just awesome. I love the wirework, and the fact that the bead color followed the palette color. These are wonderful palettes, and I'm going to do some discovering on that site.

  6. LOVE those beads, so chunky! How lucky you are to just be able to "whip up some beads" to match whatever palette in front of you. AND I like the necklace especially after it's bath! NICE work Lady! Happy Holidays.

  7. these colors are just perfect with that pallette! I do like these beads also and putting it through the liver of sulphur toned that silver down so it worked so well with them.

  8. That is just gorgeous. I love your beads and the sterling chain is a perfect compliment! I love longer necklaces because they are so versatile and you get more beady goodness. πŸ™‚

  9. Oh, those beads are fantastic! And actually, I kind of love that the brown is so unpredictable. I know, I know, not the best for a color challenge you're trying to match, but each of them turned out so wonderfully! Little happy surprises.

    Thanks for playing along today!

  10. OMG! Sue, I absolute love everything about the necklace you created!! I love long necklaces, there is just something romantic about them, and the shape and color (especially the brown) of your lampwork beads create such a wonderful flow and such great texture!!!

  11. Miss Sue, you are so sweet to me! Thank you for your kind words. It is only a success because of all the beauty that each of the participants creates and the dedication that you bring to this Challenge! I love that you created the beads for this challenge, a blessing in your profession! This is a beautiful necklace that I think would work with everything in my closet! Thanks for playing Miss Sue. Enjoy the day! Erin

  12. This is such a gorgeous palette and you really reflected that in your necklace. The patina on the silver definitely let the colors shine through rather than the silver. Wonderful work as always!

  13. A gorgeous necklace! I love your handmade barrel beads–the colors are just perfect for the inspiration photo. And all that wire-wrapping makes for a wonderful chain.

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