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.

Erin
Prais-Hintz    http://treasures-found.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Rebecca
Anderson    http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Kris Auderer    http://strandedinthecity.wordpress.com
Chrizette Bayman  
 http://beadsoupmix.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud    http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Courtney Breul    http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com/
Lynsey Brooks    http://yellowunicorncreations.blogspot.co.uk
Stephanie
Buss    http://maxandlucie.blogspot.com
Iveth Caruso    http://www.creativeatelier.net/
Shannon Chomanczuk    http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com
Lisa Cone    http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/
Cece Cormier    http://thebeadingyogini.com
Lori Dorrington    http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com
Dawn Doucette    http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com
Jeannie Dukic    http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/
Kim Dworak    http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Beth Emery    http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Janice Everett  
 http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.com
Pam Farren    http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington    http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Gloria Ferrer  
 http://judetaama.blogspot.com.es/
Cherrie Fick    http://designsinthelight.co
Therese Frank    http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Patty
Gasparino    http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com
Tanya Goodwin    http://pixiloo.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Ambra
Gostoli    http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/3rd-challenge-of-color
Jess
Green    http://tabbiekoshka.blogspot.co.uk/
Denielle Hagerman    http://somebeadsandotherthings.com
Mary Harding    www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Karla Hartzog  
 http://www.karlakrafts.com
Kim Hora    http://www.kimmykats.com
Brandi Hussey    http://brandigirlblog.com
Emanda Johnson    http://ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com
Jennifer Justman    http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy    http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Ema Kilroy    http://emakaye.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman    http://Stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Linda Landig    http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com
Kirsi Luostarinen    http://kirsiluokorut.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machata    http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache  
 http://www.allprettythings.ca
Beth McCord    http://www.ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com
Mary K McGraw  
 http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Karen Mitchell    http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Cheri Mitchell-Reed    http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Aimee Moisa  
 http://threecatsdancing.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan    http://www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Penny Neville    http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake    http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Kashmira
Patel    http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Alice Peterson    http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Kayla Potega    http://www.teejewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Price    http://greenshoot.blogspot.co.uk
Bobbie Rafferty    http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Caron Reid    http://caronmichelle.blogspot.com.au/
Nicole Rennell    http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Cynthia Riggs    http://cynthsblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Andrea
Ross    http://silvermapledesigns.blogspot.com/
Sally Russick    http://thestudiosublime.com
Annie Scherz    http://www.studioluma.ca
Pam Sears    http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Renetha
Stanziano    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Sandra Stein    http://sannipanni.wordpress.com
Kristen Stevens    http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman  
 http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com (had to bow out due to a
wrist injury)
Sherri Stokey    http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/2012/11/challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Lola
Survillo    http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Jo Tinley    http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Emma Todd  
 http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Cory Tompkins    http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Pam Traub    http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger    http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Michelle Tucker    http://michellescreativemusings.blogspot.com/
Shelley
Graham Turner    http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Monique
Urquhart    http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/
Rachel Van-Walsk  
 http://balancedcrafts.com/blog
Patti Vanderbloemen    http://www.myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com
Lesley
Watt    http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Lynn White    http://lynnwhitejewelry.com/Lynn_White_Jewelry/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog.html
Joan
Williams    http://www.lilrubyjewelry.com

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. 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.

  7. 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™‚

  8. 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!

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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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