Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wheely Fun Jewelry Challenge Reveal

Last week I showed you the wooden wheel that Janet from Honey from the Bee sent to myself and several other adventurous designers.
When I received the wheel, I really had no idea what to do with a larger than expected wooden wheel. My hubs is awful handy though and suggested that I cut the wheel in some way. After checking with Janet, she said it was okay to alter the wheel. . . so cut away we he did. He also drilled some holes for me to string them.  (Handy husbands rock!) After that, I spray painted the wheel parts in a metallic black. Somehow I failed to get any good pictures of any of these processes. . oops. Here's a look at the color, drilled holes, and halved.

I also altered some brass blanks. First I banged on them with my texture hammer.
I then used Vintaj Patina in black to darken the metal.
After that, it was just a matter of linking everything together.


If you look at it in just the right way, it kinda looks like an owl. . .but maybe that's just Pat and me. The necklace is super lightweight and barely feels like it's on while you're wearing it. I think it ended up kinda steampunky. I know it's weird, but I really like it too.

I'm anxious to see what everyone else made with their wheels and I bet you are too. Here's the list of the other participants so you can see just how creative these amazing artists got.
You are here ----> CraftyHope

Thank you so much Janet for thinking of me for this Challenge. It was indeed a challenge, but I really do love thinking out of the box. It was a wheely good time!

I'm also linking this post to CoziNest's Thoughtful Thursday.

21 comments:

  1. I was looking forward to seeing what everyone made but when you posed the question a while back about taking it apart, I couldn't wait to see what you made! You never disappoint, Hope. This is too cool! I love the chain, the metal bars and those super cool owl eyes!

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  2. oh that is just so ....well .... crafty of you!! LOL I love it! I would never have thought to cut it in half, but it gives it such a 'ghost town' feel ... perfect for the season :D

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  3. HI hope,
    Your necklace is awesome! I never would have thought to cut the wheel in half, but what you and Pat did worked and the necklace turned out beautifully. I did not see an owl face, but I saw a ladder or a swing bridge, but whatever is seen when looking at your necklace just know it is an awesome creation.
    Therese

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  4. Hope!!! Gorgeous design! And it does look like an owl! :) I'm in love with the patinaed metal and the color of the wheel is the perfect compliment to the brass! Rustic steampunk, I like it!!!

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    1. Sally, Aw. . .thank you! I'm glad you see the owl too. That was the first thing Pat said when I finished my design and showed it to him. I think it's the big wheel-eyes that really make it look that way. I appreciate all your kind words about this. It was a tough, but fun challenge for sure. :)

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  5. I would have never thought to cut it in half. You see things in a fresh, unique way, that's what makes you such a good designer!

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  6. oh my goodness - this is amazing Hope! This is worthy of an art gallery piece... seriously! It is kind of Art Deco in feel. I could imagine a message behind the breaking of the wheel and the path that goes down the middle. I really love this!! You are a magician to create a piece of wearable jewelry!! Thank you so much for participating. I promise the next one won't be as tough... but you know you really hit a home run.

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    1. Janet, You are too sweet. Art Deco, I didn't consider that but I totally see it now. I'm so happy you like it and that you picked me to participate. It was definitely a challenge, but I really love thinking out of the box. This had me a good ways from the box. Loved it! Thank you.

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  7. Very cool how you rose to this challenge, Hope! I can't say I see an owl (though I totally get that!) but this is definitely an awesome and unique design :)

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  8. Dang girl you weren't kidding on the size! Great job on turning it into a unique and pretty piece of jewelry.

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  9. Oh yes - it is an owl! haha! That is such a creative use of that wheel! I am gobsmacked at your creativity! Nice job!

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    1. Patti, I'm pleased you see it too. I wouldn't have spotted it myself if my husband hadn't seen it first. Thank you so much for your generous compliments. I'm not sure I deserve them, but thank you! :)

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  10. Yup, definitely an owl! Love the idea you cut it in half - very ingenious; the necklace is incredibly awesome. A bit weird, you're right, but just the right amount to make it unique and spectacular and perfect for the season too. Awesome job!

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  11. This looks like one of your found objects jewelry that never stops to amaze me. You're so good at having visions for unlikely jewelry elements :)

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  12. So unique and creative. Inventive is the word that comes to mind when I look at it. Love it!

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    1. Marcia, Thank you so much! I think everyone in this challenge had to be a bit inventive and re-see the wheel as something else. I appreciate you hopping by! :)

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  13. I do see the owl! What a fun design. Love it.

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  14. To cool! You really rocked this one!

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    1. Veralynne, Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. :)

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  15. Hi Hope. your necklace is wonderful. It is very creative and unique. Good job girl.

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    1. Becky, thank you! It was a lot of fun working on this challenge. I do love me some unusual materials!

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