Moriah Betterly makes some lovely ceramic jewelry components. I actually won a pendant in a giveaway and then was hooked. When I saw the entries for the Round 1 Design Challenge I was really impressed, so when she posted a call for Round 2, I entered. You can visit Blu Mudd here on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BluMudd) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BluMudd). She sent us each a pendant from this assortment:
This is the point where I’m honest and say orange is not my favorite color so it should come as no surprise (LOL) I received this one:
I laughed because I had asked the Universe to learn new skills this year. I was really happy when I realized that orange is a favorite color for a friend of mine who is long over due for an awesome thank you present. Designing for a person in mind really helped me figure out what I wanted to do. My first idea didn’t work; I had some vision I was going to turn this into the body of an angel–I still think it’s a good idea for a blue pendant, but I wanted to use black brass and with the orange it was too “Halloween” for me! That first idea is what lead me to using the blue beads with the orange. I thought aqua, cobalt and orange would be good, but the pendant and the matching Czech glass swirled beads I found to match, already have two shades of orange so I felt that was too many colors. To echo the swirls in the design, I created the copper wire spirals, which are flattened and top-coated, and used them to “frame” the pendant and draw your eyes to it. I think the cobalt draws your eyes up the sides to the rest of the necklace. This necklace is 24 inches long. I let my husband pick the photo I entered into the design challenge, but here are the other choices so you can compare. My challenge these days is the photography–whether I like it or not, I really am going to have to get lighting and a new camera. Which photo do you like best?
Either way, if you like my necklace, please go VOTE for it! Here are all the entries: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.612160075462859.1073741853.272858342726369&type=3
Thank you for looking. Please feel free to vote once for as many necklaces as you like by leaving a comment on the individual pictures. Many of these talented ladies are my friends, so please let them know if you like their work.