Saturday, February 2, 2013

Inspire Change: Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge

At the beginning of a new year, some bloggers adopt a word to inspire them for the year.  (You can see my word here and here.)

This year, Tracy Statler from Make Bracelets! posed a jewelry challenge:  choose an inspiration word or phrase and make a piece of jewelry using that word/phrase.

My word for the year is "will."  I chose it to remind myself that I have the power to make my goals happen.

One of my goals this year is to move away from patterns and work with my own ideas.  This challenge was a great place to start.

I wanted to make something I could see -- a constant reminder of my goals. To that end, I decided on a ring.  I was inspired by the idea of spinner rings, rings which have an inside base and an outside layer which spins.

I started beading a quick peyote ring in my favorite color of seed beads.


Then I stamped my word on a length of copper sheet.  I textured and aged the copper and formed it around the peyote ring.


I decided against letting the copper spin because I had this great idea for the back of the ring.


I am so happy with how this came out.  The copper adds a definite weight to the ring that a typical beaded ring does not have.


Tracy, thank you so much for starting this challenge.  It was a blast.

Please check out all the other participants to see their inspirational jewelry.

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26 comments:

  1. Tanya, I love everything about your ring! I've never seen anything like it - the addition of the stamped metal really rocks! And the stitching - what a great detail. I made one seedbead project in my entire life, and it was a peyote stitch ring. I really treasure it because I know I can never replicate it again! :-) I think you'd do a fantastic business with custom orders for rings like these!

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  2. Oh Tanya - you have combined your beautiful stitching in one of the most unique ways that I have ever seen! This is truly a One of A Kind Piece of Art! And there is nothing like have your WORD as a little reminder every day, right on your finger! Fantastic!

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  3. Tanya, this is truly unique and so very strong and beautiful! You put a lot of thought and detail into this stunner. I cannot wait to see where you go this year with your original designs :-)

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  4. Such a great idea combining the beaded ring with the copper! It's beautiful!!

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  5. Beautiful ring! and a very powerful word choice. Great job!

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  6. Tanya I am so glad you did a ring. I simply forgot to list it as an option because I don't really make them! It's so pretty and unique - and a great way to always see your word. The corset tie on the copper is awesome. Thanks so much for joining me in the challenge!

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  7. This is one cool ring for sure!! Love this design,...it's truly one of a kind and your word is so perfect!

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  8. The 1st ring I've seen on the challenge, love how you've beaded it, all very original.
    Like Tracy, I like the ties too.

    ** Kate **

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  9. what a great ring! it is strong, and portrays WILL for you .... but looks relaxed and comfortable!

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  10. Very nice creation! May all your dreams come true.

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  11. Love your design! Beading is something I want to do more of in my own jewelry designs. This challenge was wonderful, I have enjoyed seeing everyone's work!

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  12. This is a beautiful beaded design, a lovely wearable ring.

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  13. Tanya, what a beautiful ring. I can't wait to see where you go from here.

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  14. oh my gosh, your ring is so cool! I have never seen anything like this! How cool! Beautiful work! Wishing you the best with your word, will!

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  15. Tanya - this is so amazingly cool and creative and spectacular and wow! I don't have enough words for this. You are always blowing me away with your creative ingenuity!

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  16. I love your word and I totally agree with your design idea for the lacing on the back of the ring. It is very cool ( although I think spinner rings are pretty cool too)
    Best. Lisa
    http://lisayangjewelry.com

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  17. WOWZA! Your ring is gorgeous! Beautiful, beautiful work. I would love a ring like that!

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  18. Great design - very unique with the seedbead base and copper over.

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  19. That is so beautiful! I just love the back too! I know I would be moving that all the time I would not be able to ignore my word with it in that form. Great thinking. I just love that first photo too, so pretty

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  20. THAT is simply amazing. Innovative, creative, and beautiful. You really, really need to send that design in to Belle Armoire Jewelry or the like!

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  21. How incredibly clever this is! I would never in a million years think of something like this. You have a great start on your goal for the year and I am so happy to be a witness to your success! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  22. Your ring is beautiful! I love it!

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  23. What a cool ring! And I love your choice of word for the year too!

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