Monday, January 16, 2012

let the COLOR on METAL challenge voting begin!!!!

Late last year we were given the challenge of adding color to metal....and not just using Liver Of Sulfer to darken it. Here is what some of our members came up with. Pick your favorite...I know, it's hard...and vote for them on the right sidebar!!  The winner gets to pick what we do for the next time around!!!  Best of luck to everyone!
Voting will end on Thursday don't delay on your choice!

Juliette of Art In the Redwoods brings us this lovely flame painted leaf necklace.

December ASM Challenge
Fire Painted Copper (another view of the previous) necklace - copper, mookaite beads, ceramic beads, polymer clay beads.

Viki of Lorie Lynn Designs brings us a glass enamled heart necklace. And it's one of her first attempts at enamel....pretty neat huh?

Valorie from VCArtisanOriginals brings us a lovely necklace that I'm sure her mom loved.

"My mom's gift: a rustic textured, blue patina'd copper bezel and a blue and red Sonoran Sunset cabochon that I purchased from Cabbingrough (Laura). The cab was so gorgeous I pierced out the backplate so you can see the reds in the back.
The blue is from ammonia fumes. This has been scrubbed with a wire brush, polished and tumbled. ...the cat hair on the bottom of the piece is annoying me to death!!! Argh!"

Elizabeth from ResurrectionSilver made this amazing dreamy!!

My challenge piece this month is created with Prismacolor on copper. I've been itching to try this technique for over a year and this challenge was the perfect push. It's a long necklace on an oxidized copper chain with glass and copper bead embellishments. The focal piece is just under 3" square and is like a mini copper framed painting inspired by my favorite artist - VanGogh. In fact, I have had a huge 4x3' canvas for about 3 years just waiting for me to paint this design on it and hang it in my living room.

Gloria from Hemlock Hollow Creations, who gave us this challenge, brings us a necklace ready for your Valentine.
"Color achieved by using prismacolor pencils, then brushed with turpentine, colored again using, brown, red, blue pencils, brushed again. Sprayed with clear acrylic. Line across heart was done by form folding and left copper color"

Esme from Silverblueberry made these neat earrings...can't tell she's a scientist, can you?

Dengue virus earrings. Etched pattern, color is glass paint.


Cindy from  Devine Designs made this wonderful cuff bracelet with a heat patina.

"heat patina cuff.  copper cuff with heat patina, line folds, and reverse dapping"

Angela from A&J Jewelry Designs brings us a pretty cool take on a dog tag.

Remember the etched lips? Well, I always wanted to do something with them, and the December challenge was just the thing to get me to pull them out again. The lips are mine, etched with ferric chloride into copper, and then the color is Sharpie marker colored on, and then slightly rubbed back off with steel wool. I haven't clear coated it yet because I wanted to get the picture, but I will use a Rustoleum clear coat to seal the color in. 

Anne from Metalworks Jewelry gives us these pretty earrings.....the bright blue is great!
Since I'm still recovering, these are something I played around with this fall. (I didn't want Gloria to think we didn't like her challenge!) These are copper earrings with multiple layers of Miracle Grow sprayed on them, and finished with Krylon Clear Satin Finish.

Sam from Copper Sunsets entered this amazing fish!!

"Flame painted Salmon, December challenge piece.This Salmon's colors were acheived using only heat. By applying pinpoint heat to the copper all these beautiful colors are possible."


  1. Wow, I'm going to have a tuff time deciding... These are all so great!

  2. They are all great! You've inspired me to try something new!