October 27, 2013

Octoberfest 2013 Celebration of Autumn - Reveal and Blog Hop

  Today Rita of Toltec Jewels is hosting the Second Annual October fest:A Home & Hearth Blog Hop Celebrating Autumn's Splendor with Beads, Jewelry, Home Decor, Food, Friends & Family! 


  As you have probably noticed already, autumn colors are absolutely my favorites - I love all the different shades from yellow to orange and red!!! And how could I let go a challenge that celebrates these colors??!! No way!!! :-D

  I love the color of the leaves in autumn and I love the khaki fruit (persimmon) - it's one of my absolutely favorite food. I love the warm autumn temperatures, a little less the shortening of the days ...

  The first idea for my Octoberfest necklace was a big leaf pendant. I had no idea about the whole piece, I just knew I want to create a polymer clay leaf. I was playing a little bit with the clay, but my hands almost immediately had a pretty clear idea what they wanted to do, so I've let them do ...

   I usually like simple designs, so I was thinking about a simple beaded rope and I've taken out my seed beads, and put some different sequences on a beading wire to chose the one I like most. However, in my immagination the leaf had to be alive, on a tree playing in the wind, with some little branches around ... so I've used many more copper seed beads to build a net of branches.

 And this is the whole picture:

   I know you don't see the clasp ... it has to be added and then I'l show you the whole piece. I'm currently visiting my relatives and I've forgotten it home :-$

  I've played a little with some different backgrounds to show you how the colors of the pendant change ...  

The leaf pendant on dark wood ...

... on the green grass ..

... and on my hand. Well, I have to warn you, my hands are quite big so the dimensions are not the standard ones ;-)

If you have some time or if you'd like to see how the autumn inspires other artists, you're more than welcome to take a virtual trip and  hop to the following blogs:

Toltec Jewels (Rita, our hostess)  www.JewelSchoolFriends.com  
Caroline                                       http:// Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick-Zenith                     http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Dolores Raml                               http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Karla Morgan                               http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Susie Harris                                 http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Susan                                          http://libellulajewelry.com
Mischelle                                      http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Billi                                               http://billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson                           http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Jean Yates                                  http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hosford Patterson               http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer                           http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Liz E                                            http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel                              http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Christie Murrow                           www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jodie Marshall                             http://marshalljodie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Trank                              http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dini Bruinsma                              http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Elsie Deliz Fonseca                     http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Pepita                                         www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com   <--You are HERE!
Karla Morgan                              http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathleen                                     http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Vera Lynn                                   http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/
Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Catherine King                           http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com/
Lily Vincent                                 http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/
Janice Hidey (Janimar)               http://drawingthelinesomewhere.com/
Cory Tompkins                           http://TealwaterDesigns.blogspot.com
Candida Castleberry                  www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Cynthia Kent Machata                http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                         http://www.allprettythings.ca
Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Leah Curtis                                 http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)              http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed                                 http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti                        www.tjewellicious.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge                                  http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/
Ingrid A.                                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Judy Turner                                www.silver-rains.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett                               http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Nelly May                                    www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
Tanya McGuire                           http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Ahowin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Sonya Stille                                 http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Pam                                            http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Carol D.                                      http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Asri Wahyuningsih                      http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/
Ginger Bishop                             http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Janine                                         http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Shaiha Williams                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Be happy,


Kathy Lindemer said...

I love your beaded rope and leaves! Well done!

asri wahyuningsih said...

Your Pendant is awesome...i am new to Polymer clay too...but i think i became addicted to polymer clay..

AntiquityTravelers said...

what a pretty piece Alenka! I love your deep yellows that you use, and the simple chain is perfect for this focal - so pretty!

Christine Altmiller said...

Alenka, this is one of the most beautiful leaves I have ever seen. Gorgeous! And the weaving you did supports it beautifully without distracting from it. What a wonderful necklace!

Alicia said...

Beautiful leaf! you've done a gorgeous job: with the design, as well as the detailed colouring! Love it. The 'branched' rope is perfectly complementing it - just beautiful.

Jean said...

Alenka! my heart lept up when I saw your piece! xox jean

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

The wonderful leaf design looks so fresh in your original design, Alenka!

Shaiha said...

I just love the leaf! I have never seen another one like it.

Charis Designs said...

That leaf pendant is fantastic! You've featured it beautifully with the seed bead design. Christie

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of the leaf being on the branches. The top of the focal and how you beaded your "bail" is very nice.

Ginger Bishop said...

I knew I would be amazed Alenka. I love the necklace. I think the beaded chain compliments the clay leaf beautifully.

Nelly May said...

Gorgeous. The netted seedbeads look beautiful with your autumn leaf. I love your work xxxx

Ann Schroeder said...

I'm doubly impressed because you made your focal and also the seed bead design. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful pendant! Love the color of the beads in the neckline.
Ingrid A.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Alenka,
I love your polymer clay leaf very pretty and wow I love the necklace you made to display your leaf awesome fall colors.

KayzKreationz said...

What a beautiful leaf and necklace. I love the web of branches for the necklace and the colors. The seed beads really set off the leaf pendant. Very pretty.

Dolores Raml said...

Love your beautiful leaf pendant and you did a great job of making bead branches to display it on. Awesome colors too.

Kathleen said...

What a great simple piece with the perfect polymer clay leaf. A wonderful ooak piece of art.

Leah Curtis said...

Great pendant! I like the slight infinity shape it has.

Designed by Vera said...

Very beautiful! I love the simplicity! Great job.

Liz E said...

What a lovely leaf on a perfect chain.

Dini Bruinsma said...

Hi Pepita,

What a lovely combination! The beautiful leaf pendant and the necklace. Very refined♥ and great colours...

Ahowin said...

Absolutely beautiful leaf pendant, perfect necklace design.

Jen Ren said...

Very elegant!

Amy S. said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the leaf focal and the seed bead netting is wonderful!

Tanya McGuire said...

Beautiful, I really like how you told us your process. I also like that the leaf is not just flat. Great focal.

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Wow, your art is always stunning! Your leaf has the most beautiful movement, the lines and color make it indeed come alive, dancing in the wind. Exquisite. And your netted necklace is beautiful as well. I adore autumn, and like you, the shades of orange and red and yellow and woodland motifs -- I'd wear your necklace in a heartbeat, with great joy! Beautiful!

Thank you Alenka for creating and reflecting October's majesty in art -- your talents are a gift, offering us the magic of the season always and warming us with nature's wonder.

Happy Autumn!
Love xx Rita