Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Inspired by Winter Challenge &
a Give~away!


“...the winter is kind and leaves red berries
on the boughs for hungry sparrows...”
~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

Winter Berries, necklace

Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime threw down a challenge in January because "winter was slowly seeping into her veins and sucking the creativity right out".
Her challenge:
To create a beautiful piece of jewelry inspired by winter.

Since winter in Massachusetts is cold and grey I knew my piece would be made from steel wire with a pop of color.  I've hand formed the wire, then wrapped, hammered, brush finished and waxed it to create winter twigs. Recycled red glass berries are "snow-capped" with silver plated bead caps.



Here in the Northeast we're behind on snow fall, but we've been told that we've got a doozy of a snow storm headed our way. I'm actually a little bit excited! Time to make homemade soup, bake something yummy and tuck in for this fabulous blog hop!

I hope you'll join me in visiting the participants of






And now for the give~away...


If you'd like a chance to win a pair of Winter Berry Earrings leave a comment to let me know.
One winner will be chosen via randomizer.org and will be announced next Thursday, February 14th!

The winner will receive one pair of Winter Berry Earrings with either handmade steel or silver earwires.

If you follow my blog, post, tweet, pin, etc. about the contest leave another comment for more chances to win! International readers are welcome too!



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22 comments:

Patti Van said...

Winterberries - it's a pattern on my Pfaltzgraf Christmas dinnerware that haul out of my basement every single year - that is what your necklace reminds me of. This is so very, very beautiful! I love your wire wrapping on this piece, and those red beads just POP against the steel! Beautiful...just beautiful!

Patti Van said...

I just started following your blog - you are too generous to offer these gems in a giveaway! Some lucky lady will be so happy to win these!

Gale said...

Love your twig links...and the little red berries.

AntiquityTravelers said...

I LOVE your wire work on these! and it really reminds me of winter with the holly berries we've got just outside the kitchen window. Really beautiful - both pieces

Mary K. McGraw said...

Your wire work is great. Love the quote and how your necklace and earring really depict what it says.

stacilouise said...

I absolutely love this! the silver and red really pop, and I think winter right away!

freshbakeddesigns said...

I immediately loved your winter berry earrings when I saw them on Artisan Whimsy, Pam...and now here's the stunning necklace to go with them! Your wire work in dark steel and pop of red is great together. Thanks for the op to win the sweet earrings, too.
Lynda

Micheladas said...

I love the way to made the berries and their branches... very creative and too adorable. Something I would def wear :)

Designed by Vera said...

Love the "Berries" I have noticed that even with the "icy" scenes, there always seems to be red.,..,.hmmmmm. Great piece!

re-maker said...

Vera, I think Mother Nature has her clever ways showing the birds were to find yummy things to eat in the winter!

Diane (Dewdrop Designs) said...

These are so beautiful (as is all of your work)I would be honored to win these!

BackstoryBeads said...

One of the best things about taking part in challenges, is discovering new (to me) artists! Your work is truly inspiring, and I'm happy to be a new follower of your blog.

Junksmith said...

Love the necklace and earrings, Pam! Just beautiful!

Sally Russick said...

Pam, I love your work! The necklace and earrings are GORGEOUS in there simplicity! I am in love with the mute tone of the steel wire against the bright pop of the berries!! Thank you so much for taking the time to get inspired by Winter!

P.S.Heck ya I would love to win a pair of these stunning earrings!!

MaryL said...

This came out so fantastic!! I love your technique and design!

Tanya said...

My first thought was winter berries when I saw the necklace. It's gorgeous! I am so amazed that you did all the wire work -- stunning. Count me in for the earrings. They are gorgeous as well.

Libellula Jewelry said...

The spare, simplicity of your necklace and earrings really elicit the bare branches and brilliant berries of Winter flora. They really are lovely.

Thank you for the chance to win your Winter berry earrings! (I now follow your blog using GFC)

Renetha said...

Your designs remind me of the hawthorn tree outside my studio window. Last fall there were several of the red berries on the bush as the leaves fell there was one berry hanging off a branch. It weathered storms, frost, ice, snow and freezing rain. But it was so pretty against all of these changes. The pop of red in your design reminds me of that berry amongst the branches.

Karin said...

Beautiful winter berries! You have created a stunning piece, and I'd love a chance at the earrings!

Lola said...

Ooooh, I saw these earrings on the AJE pinterest board and fell in love with them immediately! Love that dark steel and those bright beautiful berries!

Jennifer said...

!. Those links are brilliant!
2. I hope you arent buried under too much snow!
3. I would wear those earrings like mad!
4. Generally - gorgeous work. :D

Shel said...

What a great choice for this challenge - love it!! The steal wire against those 'winter berries' looks fabulous. Beautiful design!!