Saturday, April 14, 2012

Flap Your Wings



* Post edited on Tuesday, April 24th - now includes a new photo of the necklace, plus I've opened bidding.
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Judy Glende of ' Judith B. Designs' &  'Flap Your Wings'

This blog hop is a special tribute to Judy Glende , a fellow jewelry artisan and all round wonderful lady, who recently took wing and left us all behind. I personally did not have a chance to know her, but I adore her work, and have heard nothing but good about her. Moobie Grace Designs put together this blog hop in Judy's honor, and chose to name it after Judy's etsy shop.. which from the outpouring I've heard about, has no doubt been completely sold out.


Some of the participants of this Hop are offing their creations  either for sale or for auction, and will be donating the proceeds to the charity of their choice. I won't be auctioning my piece, however I am offering a small giveaway for everyone following along on the hop. If you've bid on any of the items being sold for this, it's worth two entries into my giveaway, so make sure to check that box ;)




THE PARTICIPANTS







(Amanda regretfully couldn't participant in the reveal but will be making a donation)

8. Kim Ballor 


You are HERE -> 10. Sandra McGriff 

11. Lana Kinney 























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So this is my contribution to the hop :) I'll apologize right off for the photos... I took these at night in less than ideal conditions.

 While I had several designs in mind for this challenge, two cemented themselves in my mind rather firmly, and in the end this one won out. Originally I had a rather large faceted Chinese Crystal to hang between the wings, but while raiding my stash for components for my last giveaway I came across this blue glass heart tucked away in a box and knew it had to be the center.  

 
wings flight angel heart crystal necklace adjustable choker

I had planned on offering this for auction, however I'm not happy with the end result quite yet. The winged portion has a hand made clasp on each end and hooks onto the chain at the height wanted, making it completely adjustable. 




wings necklace angel flap your wings take flight


I added a strand of pale blue satin cording, a strand of light blue faux suede cording, and a strand of light blue and crystal seed beads woven through out the large link chain to add a bit of color. I love how that part turned out, I'm just not happy with the ends just yet. I think I may fasten them all together rather then having them separate, or I may fasten them farther up the chain and let the ends dangle loose at the bottom.... 


I added light blue Chinese crystal rondelles, and some rose quartz chips. I'm not happy with how 'floppy' the wing section is if hung any lower than it is in the photo, so I may redo that part and make it more solid.

The heart pendant was just perfect for this... the sky blue colour as well as the symbol. 

* EDIT - here's a better picture ( I think, anyway :p you can certainly see the rose quartz better lol  )



Since no one else is bothered by the end fastenings, any one who wishes to bid on this is welcome to. I'll leave this running until next Tuesday, April 24th ( since I started it late). If anyone buys it, the money will be donated to whichever of Judy's chosen charities accepts online contributions. ( if they both do ( or neither do), the buyer can chose which one ). I do ask for a minimum bid of $5 CAD to cover shipping. Please leave your bids in the comment section where every one can see them and know where it stands :)


If no one bids, I promise not to be sad ;) lol



Here is what I'm offering up as a little giveaway for everyone visiting this hop list :) 

A pink turquoise butterfly pendant, an abalone cockatoo pendant, two Chinese crystal butterfly beads, and an assortment of metal butterflies, dragonflies and wings. Click on the rafflecopter widget below and chose your entry. I decided to let this run for a week and it's open worldwide :) ( if you can't see the green box directly below these words, then you're reading this on the blog page, and need to open the direct post. Click on the post title. )


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fly high, Judy :) Smile down on all your friends and family for as long as you can before you feel the need to go on to what ever adventures await you next.

  Don't forget to check out the Freebie Friday update!

~ Skye


35 comments:

  1. Sandra...I will come back and leave a loooooooong comment tomorrow. Promise! Got to go to work now (fearing your whip now!)

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  2. Sandra, I love the thought that you've put in to your necklace! The unique design that makes it adjustable is brilliant, and I'm sure you'll figure out the kinks! Thank you for joining me in the challenge!

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  3. Wonderful color. THe wings and heart make a striking focal, good job!

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    1. Thank you :) As soon as I heard about this challenge, I started to eye theses wings form my stash lol

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  4. I love your necklace! The way the pendant hangs between the chain is so unique and the fact that it is adjustable is very clever!

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    1. Thanks! To me, adjustable just seems like a must since everyone ( and every outfit ) has a different idea of the perfect length when it comes to necklaces :)

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    1. thanks :) I do love the look of it!

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  6. Very unique -- the wings are so special.

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    1. Heh heh... the wings are actually an accidental purchase. I had asked my mother to check a store in the town she works, and pick me up a package of little wing charms, thinking of a set I bought there a while back. Instead of the little ones I was thinking of, she got me a set of various sizes; these were in it. Since I wanted the little wings for earrings, these ones kinda had me stumped until this challenge hit ;)

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  7. Beautiful! The blue heart is perfect for it!

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    1. Thank you :) I had the other crystal all wired up and ready to attach when I came across the heart. Instant substitution :)

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  8. What a pretty piece! I love both the colors and the design

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    1. thank you :) The design took the longest to finalize in my head, and went through several variations... the putting together went quickly once I had it decided though :D

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  9. Stunning as is, but then we are always looking to bettter ourselves, just not sure how you can with this one!!!

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    1. As I said in my post, it was just the 'floppiness' of the center section that I wanted to try to firm up, but it hangs fine as is. And I got it in my head that the cording looped through chain might look nicer with the fastenings hidden farther up the chain so the ends could dangle loose... but I think now they'd only get tangled if I did that >.< lol

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  10. I really love what you've done with the piece so far. These colors are my favorites.

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    1. The colors are all due to the blue heart .. originally I was going to go with dark rose, and cream colored potato pearls.. then I found the heart and poof.. blue it is :D

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  11. I love your colours, so subtle but really striking, and the total adjustability is cool - this piece is beautiful, I don't think it needs changing at all!

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  12. So so pretty I love the focal - it's perfect - I don't think you need to change it either!

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  13. Awesome creation, Sandra! I love the design! I think it's perfect! =)

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    1. thank you:) I'm really proud of the overall design and look! Just have this urge to 'tweak it' a bit lol

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  14. Sandra, not sure why you want to change it! It is a very smart design (with the ability to adjust it this way), the focal is goregous, so is the colouring... I would say - perfect!

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    1. Thank you :) I think it's just that mindset we get into about our own work... no one else sees it the way we do. We see what didn't turn out as we'd envisioned... and everyone else sees what it IS ;)

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  15. Very pretty. I especially like the blue glass heart.

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    1. Thank you :) so glad I found it hidden in my stash in time to use it:)

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  16. It's really lovely. Silver and me don't get along or I would bid on it.

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    1. Thanks :) I'm not worried, if no one bids on it, I'll just fiddle with the wing set up until my picky side is happy and then if and when I do ever sell it, I'll donate the money to a local cancer drive. Or maybe I'll donate the necklace itself for silent auction :)

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  17. I'm not sure how I missed this piece the first time I went through the posts... think I stopped reading when I got to the list of participants! I do like silver... and will happily open the bidding at $40 Cad ... where do you live in Canada?

    Lynne (#21 on the list... I thought about auctioning mine but didn't realize other people where so didn't....)

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    1. Wow, awesome! Ty for the bid! I'm in South Western Ontario :)

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  18. Very very inspirational & beautiful piece!! A really incredible piece! Luv ur vibe!

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