Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mostly Metal Challenge

Metal Love Jewelry Collection
Hi Everyone! Today is reveal day for Michelle Mach's Mostly Metal Challenge. We had 3 challenge kits to choose from with mostly metal components in them. Each kit had a theme and a metal color of either antique brass, gold filigree or gunmetal. Aside from all the metal parts, each kit also came with a few beads and some luscious fibers, which was my favorite part! You know me, throw some ribbon or cord in there and I'm all about it. 
 I chose the Gunmetal Love kit shown above. (Red cord and beads not shown.) 

I liked the overall look of this kit and I had a few ideas for some of the components as soon as I saw them. I ended up using 4 items from the kit: the black metal key ring, the large heart pendant, the red cording and the two ornate bead caps. 
I decided that I wanted to create a collection of pieces that looked chic together as a grouping. Each design in itself is very simple, but they enhance each other put together. I really enjoyed mixing the metal finishes in each piece. Each piece of jewelry has a combination of copper and silver metals. 

Peace Made with Love Charm Necklace
The large split ring/key ring and red cord were from the kit. I made them into a simple charm necklace. I'm such a sucker for charm necklace. Always have been. What I love about this is the large key ring is perfect for making a necklace like this. The charms can easily be taken on and off the split ring without the use of any tools. These charms can be switched out anytime for other charms for a different look. How cool is that? It seems so simple and obvious, but I don't think I've thought of doing this before. I WILL be on the look out for more key rings like this one to make more charm necklaces! Can't help myself.

Our Hearts Beat as One Chain Necklace
Very simple design, but I like the simplicity and symbolism. "Two hearts beating as one." The heart pendant was from the kit. I added the Miss Fickle Media antiqued copper ball chain and the two heart charms. One in copper, one in silver. 

Teal Tassel Earrings
How fun are these? The ornate bead caps were from the kit. I used them as "Cone" findings and made these cool tassel earrings with some teal colored embroidery floss. These earrings are super lightweight and add lots of drama to any outfit.
I hope you enjoyed my challenge pieces! Now, have fun hopping around to see what the others created with their kits.

Here's the list of the participating jewelry designers:
Antique Brass Romantic
Filigree Fun
Gunmetal Love

21 comments:

  1. Great idea on the charm necklace! I love the tassel earrings. I'm going to have to try that trick with the bead cap. Great projects. Very inspiring!

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  2. Erin you are Queen Of Cord! Cord of all types. The simplicity of these designs are so appealing to me. Those earrings, WOW!

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  3. so hip and so fun! I love what you made!

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  4. I love those tassel earrings! Great color and they look like they'd be fun to wear. They would have been great in a certain upcoming book I know about. :)

    I'm so glad you used the big key ring. I honestly had no idea how to use those--and that's why I threw them into the challenge. I knew someone would come up with a brilliant idea!

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  5. Wow - those tassel earrings are soooooo pretty!

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  6. Erin ~ I love your jewelry ensemble and how each piece complements the other. Lovely!

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  7. Erin, You are creative! I especially love the tassled earrings! How fun it would be to wear them :-)

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  8. Just Beautiful! The Tassle earrings are awesome!

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  9. Erin, I'm a total sucker for charm necklaces, so your Peace necklace is my favorite! Using the tassles for earrings was brilliant :-)

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  10. I love the idea of using tiny jump rings to make the little heart charms stay suspended on the ball chain! So clever.

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  11. Cute earrings and necklaces!

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  12. So clean and pretty! I love your designs!

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  13. I now know why everyone is talking about the tassel earrings, they are so fun. All of your ideas are fun and wearable, that's what makes them so special.

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  14. Great job on all of them. I love the charm necklace. I have that black split ring, and I was wondering what I would do with it...this is great!

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  15. Simply stunning! You did a fantastic job! All your pieces look great! You've create a little collection! The best part is that they could all be worn together. Nice!

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  16. Fantastic pieces. I just adore the simplicity of the set, especially the earrings. ;-)

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  17. Those charm necklaces are great, but I think my favorite are the tassel earrings, what a fun idea!

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  18. I love those earrings. I never would have thought of using embroidery floss for that.

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  19. I have some of those big key rings too. Now I know what to make with it on a cold and snowy day!
    Love the tassel earrings too.

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  20. Very clever to make a bunch of pieces that can be worn together or separately. I like them all.

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