Hello my friends and welcome to my little corner of the 3rd Annual Challenge of Colour. For those not familiar with the challenge here are the guidelines, choose your favourite palette from one of two original palettes created by Miss Brandi Hussey (I chose both). The pictures are from the Earth As Art exhibit which can be found at the United States Geological Service and have been taken from the Landsat 7 satellite. Using your chosen palette or palettes you create something…a piece of jewellery, or an accessory.
Stand by for a picture heavy post….
Colour Palette 1 – The Great Sandy Desert, Australia
Now, as an Aussie I couldn’t say no to this one!
Before we get into the beady goodies, would you like to know some interesting facts about the Great Sandy Desert?
- The Great Sandy Desert is one of ten deserts in Australia.
- It is the second largest desert in Australia (after the Great Victoria Desert) and covers 284,993km2 (110,038miles2).
- Kata Tjuta Uluru National Park (Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock) is located in the far south eastern corner of the desert.
- The average rainfall is 250mm (10 inches) but most is lost due to evaporation. With average temperatures of 42oC (108oF) it’s hardly surprising.
- The Great Sandy Desert is the subject of one of the largest, 10m x 8m (33ft x 26ft) Aboriginal artworks. Called The Ngurrara, it was painted by the traditional owners of the desert in 1997.
OK, enough education, on to the pretties!
I had originally intended to make a polymer clay bead around the key, but no matter what I did the clay kept cracking. so, instead I wrapped the key with sari silk and wired some extra key charms. The rhodonite heart and the swirl beads were from my stash.
Colour Palette 2 – Mississippi River Delta
I ranout of time to research some information about this one, so I’ll look forward to reading what other challenge participants have found out.
I fell in love with these lampwork beads by Angela Gensch and just had to use them for this bracelet. Milky Aquamarine czech beads were used for the kumihimo work. this piece will be given to a family member for her birthday (it’s OK she already knows).
This challenge has be a learning experience but also loads of fun. I’d like to thank Erin, for allowing me to take part, and Brandi for her gorgeous palettes.
Please visit Erin for the full list of participants.