Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Inspiration Room Challenge: Rococo Nouveau

So. There was this challenge photograph posted one balmy day by the brilliant Deryn Mentock. (All right, it was mostly hot and muggy here, but I'm taking artistic license here. Liberally.)

With the photograph was an immensely eye-opening and wonderful link on how to make a colour palette. Don't go there if you don't have time to spare. It's addictive, this colour palette business. I was supposed to just mosey over and look, but I wound up spending the rest of the hour working on the colour palette because it was so fascinating.

Which resulted in this:

...and, after some precious lessons on why it is not a good idea to start working on challenge pieces after midnight on a long day (crooked wire, bad wraps, even more crooked wraps which now litter half the finished work), THIS is the result:

And now onto better photographs when I'm -not- trying to wear a piece and take a picture. Details on colour scheme and various bits of the piece:

The pendant is half an earring that I bought and never used, so I recycled it.

Clasp detail at the back, the best I could do because I was lying on the floor at a really funny angle trying to take this!

The clasp proper. Ignore the crooked wrapped link, move along, nothing to see...

Originally I thought it looked Gothic. Then after I finished the piece, I realised it wasn't Gothic, nor Classical Gothic, it was Rococo. So Rococo Nouveau it is!

And now off to post the link because for once, I actually finished a challenge ON TIME. Amazing. I hope the new owner likes it as much as I do!


Deryn Mentock said...

Wow, Shuku! This is just a gorgeous piece! You've really incorporated all of the elements so nicely. Well done! I love the colors you pulled out for your palette, as well.

Alice said...

Beautiful!!! Your piece is delicate, while at the same time it makes quite a statement. So clever of you to upcycle an earring for this project.

Katalina Jewelry said...

Very unique and beautiful!

Michelle said...

Beautifully done and it looks gorgeous on!

sharon said...

Thanks for your visit Shuku! Your piece is amazing, creative and beautiful!

Shay Stone said...

That is such a cool piece Shuku! I love the focal earring piece - it reminds me of an ammonite which I'm really enamored with these days. I can't believe I get to have it!!

TesoriTrovati said...

Such a beautiful design! I especially love the focal from that old earring. Great upcycle! Enjoy the day!

Piper said...

So intriguing and loved hearing the story of your process. The earing focal works beautifully!