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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Shadow Box Challenge Reveal and Blog Hop

I think Lorelei herself best describe this challenge and what it is about:

"Last month, I held a contest for participants to recieve one of these beautiful enameled Shadow boxes from C Koop Beads. I picked 23 participants randomly, and send each of them one of the boxes. The challenge was to create something with the shadow box and reveal it on their blogs today! A big hug and THANK YOU to Sara for donating these for this challenge! I hope you all enjoy seeing all of the results!"

Boy was I happy when I received this deep blood red one. Oh yes, I think of blood. Beautiful life giving rich and healthy blood. Nothing scary or macabre. The color is absolutely magnificent!

I have had so many ideas ever since the first day, on what to do with it. I even woke up the next morning with a new idea directly there. Must have spent all night dreaming of it. Below you can see some of them.


Another theme that has been there in lot of my ideas has been the use of cord. Preferably waxed linen. I've been thinking of ways to use many strings of it in different colors and work with knots. All along this has been my favourite concept. But I have not done any. Not yet that is. I wish to play around loads more with these bezels and I hope Sara will be interested in making a few more for me, according to a few of my special wishes. But that will be another chapter. Today we are here. And this is what I have done:

Necklace number one:
I wanted to make a simple piece where the bezel would be a very important part of the design without the role of playing solo. It needed some company, a teamwork. I am very pleased with how this turned one turned out. Three colors and three materials that all enhance each other and cooperate beautifully being equally important for the whole.


Necklace number two:
A present maybe? I don't know. I just like how it turned out when I wrapped the wire around the bezel like that. And then adding the dangles. Drops of blood maybe? The super nice lamp worked red mini glass nuggets on a white core are made by Boulder Glass Monkey. The four lamp worked glass head pins by Gardanne.



As I was heading out on the veranda earlier today to take the photos of the second necklace I walked past this cushion in our living room. I love that cushion. It really brightens up which ever piece of furniture it happens to rest in. I don't know about you. But I can see some connection there, with the colors in the necklace ...

22 comments:

Alice said...

Malin, they're both lovely, but I like the second one best. There's something about those colors that seem like they were meant to be together.

So which one did you end up with?

FryeStyle said...

Malin! You gave us two for one! You over-achiever! LOL I like your modern approach to design. A very minimalistic style, but a very dramatic presence. You're very in tune with the juxtaposition of shape, line, form, and color.

Lorelei Eurto said...

Very funky! I love the second one, the glass heads are perfect with the red enamel- wonderful thought process too! Thank you so much for participating!
Feel free to add your pics to the Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/1740275@N20/

graygirlstudios said...

very nice! I like the green and orange and red. nice colors together.

Suzette said...

I love the 2nd one Malin! Very cool and trendy!

Dale said...

Oh, that simple beauty! I love the little dark thoughts after... maybe it's blood... adds intrigue!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Snygga och Maliniga båda två!! friska färger och snygga linjer !! great job // XO

Gardanne said...

I like them both, and two totally different looks. A glass headpin is definitely not just a headpin anymore, keep those ideas coming.

Prządka said...

Hi Malin, I'm impressed! Both of your necklaces are great! How do you take these cool ideas? I think I envy you:) And by the way: I like reading your posts, they are so nice and humorous (especially lessons of Swedish language:) If you let me, I will follow your blog from now on. Regards,
Małgosia Brzezińska (Prządka)

Andrew Thornton said...

Thank you for sharing your design ideas that went into the making of this piece. Simply stunning. Love how the enameled box really plays an important role as a design element and takes advantage of it's shape and dimension. Very cool!

Jenny said...

Sweet and simple - both very effective designs! Hats off to you!

Lucid Moon Studio said...

I loved seeing your design process! I like both necklaces, but I really like the colors in the second one. And the pillow is cool too :) Great job!!

Chrizette said...

I agree with everyone - love the second one. Those boxes look like a wonderful "finding"!!

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Pretty Things said...

That's really cool how you showed two styles! LOVE!

sara said...

I really like the second one. Very simple but yet intersting.

Pixybug Designs said...

I love both designs, and they are very different! The first very casual, the second very artistic! Nice work!

Steph said...

Wow loving all your designs! The one you are modeling looks great on you.

Steph said...

Duh you're modeling both of them...well they both look great on you!

steufel said...

Oh Malin, both desgins are unique and look sooooo cool on you! Can't decide on a fav.

Shay Stone said...

Very cool! I'm with everyone else in loving how you made two different designs and I think both totally work. And what a gorgeous box to play with! Well done :) :)

TesoriTrovati said...

Such great looks! I love that you live with that pattern and it showed up in your work. I like the first one best, on that pop of green leather. I need to get some of that. Lovely!
Enjoy the day, Miss Malin!
Erin

stacilouise said...

I love how you picked up the colors of the cushion without realizing it. I think we are continually inspired by everything we see, and sometimes don't even realize where that inpsiration comes from! Love your bold use of color.