Industrial Chic Reader Challenge

First, before I blah blah blah about the challenge, I want to thank everyone for stopping by and commenting on my Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal. I know I was #84, the last on the list for day 7. It is time consuming (but totally worth it!) to visit every single blog. There is still another day of soup reveals, so please go to the master list and hit everyone on the list starting at #85. If you haven't looked at any before #85, go back and look!Also, if you haven't commented on my bead soup reveal post yet, I am giving away a pair of earrings I made with leftover components for the necklace. You just have to follow my blog and leave a comment. That's it! No tweeting or facebooking, etc...unless, of course, you WANT to ;o)I am curious...is anyone else having issues with Flickr and getting photos onto Blogger? I have been struggling for a couple weeks now and it's very frustrating to say the least! They don't show up or are itty bitty barely able to be seen photos. Ugh!The Objects and Elements blog held a Reader Challenge. All you had to do was use one or more components of the Industrial Chic line by Susan Lenart Kazmer in a piece of jewelry. In case you've been living under a rock (OK, I am totally kidding! I would never tell me wonderful readers they live under rocks. That's just rude!) Michaels craft store is carrying this Industrial Chic line developed by Susan Lenart Kazmer. Every "package" is priced at $5.99 whether it has one thing or 20.Anyway, I saw the challenge, wanted to play with some of the components anyway and BONUS(!) they happened to be on sale. When the sales clerk rang me up, he said they had just gotten the Industrial Chic line in and on display the night before. So, I was probably the first customer to buy Industrial Chic at "my" Michaels. Because I am cool like that (bwahahaha!).Ok, so back to the challenge. One of my main goals when I create jewelry is to somehow use some of my glasswork. After all, that's my true passion and is how I chose the name of my business. If I don't use my glasswork in every single piece, I feel like I am cheating somehow and it makes design more challenging at times. Trust me on this one.I loved everything I picked up from Michaels. It all seems very well made, heavy duty like it can take abuse. I admit I am concerned about the materials used in the components. Nowhere does it say what anything is made of (lead free pewter? aluminum? who knows for sure?).Anyway, I played with the various components, arranged them, tried to come up with a "theme" but was at a loss. So I just picked up the bracelet blank, wrapped some chain around it, got copper wire and started wiring stuff on. After a few things, a theme came to mind...Davy Jones' Locker.If a sailor were lost at sea, what might he have on his person? Talismans? Objects from the ship? Things settling on him after he's been in the ocean a while? Who knows for sure.On this side: a game piece (surely they play board games during a long voyage at sea?), a captain's wheel looking charm, skulls (bone carved), ammonites or nautilus, pearls, a cage looking thing (I kind of thought of it as a "locker" but my dad says it could be a lobster cage), a lampwork disc bead made of Terra, one of my favorite glass colors of all time.

Davy Jones' Locker

On this side you have a compass, more pearls, ammonites (nautilus shells), another wheel looking charm, a lampwork shell bead.

Davy Jones' Locker

And on this side, you see an octopus, more shells and pearls, a mermaid from Green Girl Studios, and the book pendant represents a captain's log to me.

Davy Jones' Locker

I had a LOT of fun putting this together and it made me think outside the box (something I seem to be doing a lot of lately). What do you think of it?

Comments

Nicki

Wow - that looks heavy - can you still lift your arm when you are wearing it? Where did you get all those cool things from? Really impressive.

Jennifer Cameron

It is actually surprisingly lightweight. The bracelet blank is thick and heavy duty, but not heavy. Most of the things came from Michaels craft store as part of the Industrial Chic line. I used some of my lampwork beads, some copper wire, some sterling silver dipped ceramic washers, and some bone carved skulls from Happy Mango Beads. Oh, and the mermaid charm is from Green Girls Studio.

Kristen

Very unique! I love what you did with it, and I love that you stayed true to yourself and included your lampwork beads. I know exactly what you mean about feeling like you are cheating when you don't use glass. I don't make my own yet but I don't like to stray from my favorite designing components. My pieces feel naked without them! Great job again!! :)

Jennifer Cameron

Kristen, you need to come visit me here in Indiana and I will teach you to make beads. We have a spare bedroom with it's own bathroom.

Kristen

I may take you up on that!! It sounds like a plan! Let's discuss it more, because I would LOVE for you to teach me! And that sounds like a nice vacation from things here! :)

Barbara

Nice bracelet! I've bought a ton of Industrial Chic so far, but not the bracelet blanks(yet). Now you have me thinking.... I love that octopus charm, where did you find it?

Jennifer Cameron

I just went through my etsy purchases because I couldn't remember where I got them. I found it way on the first page of my purchases http://www.etsy.com/shop/Tulle

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