Sunday, August 18, 2013

My Other Creations: Carnival Necklace

When I was little, I remember that my parents told me we were going to a home improvement show on my birthday.  I was so bummed, but tried my best to keep a stiff upper lip.  We walked to the convention center and SURPRISE!  It was not a home improvement show, but was in fact the Ice Capades!  Coolest birthday EVER!

Whether it be the ice capades or circuses or renaissance festivals or musicals, there's something awesome about being a spectator when people are putting on a show.  And so to pay homage to the feeling of the theatrical and over-the-top aspects of such shows, I made this big, bold, funky, fun necklace for this week's carnival theme for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. (Personally, I think there's no such thing as a necklace that's too big and bold!)

 

I tried to capture the sense of whimsicality and excess that surrounds the carnival/circus setting in particular.  I'm a major fan of mixed media/metal artist Susan Lenart Kazmer and used several of her pieces for my necklace (the "at" circle, the dice charm, the bear on the ball and the glitter-filled light bulb are all her masterpieces).

I also used several products from Simon Says Stamp to complete the piece.  I used Glossy Accents and patterned paper to liven up this bird charm and my husband helped me drill a hole through a plastic zebra (sorry, zebra, but you do look fab!)


I added a Tim Holtz lightbulb and some Tim Holtz swivel clasps to connect everything.  I used a Tim Holtz pocket watch and decorated it with a picture from one of my favorite artists ever: Richard Scarry (the adorable bunny balloon seller) and threw in a Tim Holtz bingo piece.


To complete the project, I made a Circus bottle cap charm using both a bottle cap and picture from Bottle Caps, Inc.


I love how crafting supplies can be used for more than just paper projects.  Here's a complete list of the Simon Says Stamp supplies that did double-duty for me even in the jewelry world:





As always, if you have a fantastic idea for one of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges (and I know you do), just upload your project and enter yourself to win $50 of shopping goodness at the store that has it all!

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16 comments:

  1. Oh.... Andrea, this is such a gorgeous necklace! Love how you combined these beautiful elements! Great design. :)

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  2. I absolutely love your whimsical, charming, gorgeous necklace! All the charms are delightful. A wonderful creation. Anne x

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  3. Wow Andrea!! I LOVE this necklace! So many fun elements and what a great idea for this week's challenge.

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  4. This is FABULOUS! I agree that there's no such thing as a necklace that's too big and bold! This necklace proves it. All of the elements here work so well together. Tell hubby he did a great a job helping the zebra. It's awesome! My favorite, however, is the balloon seller. :)

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  5. You are so talented and creative! I love this necklace! So many fun little "trinkets" that you've created to make such a fun piece! Love the bottle caps and the light bulb. No wait...maybe my favorite is the balloon seller or the zebra?! Oh...I can't decide! It's all fantastic! <3 Candy

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  6. This is fabulous!! I would wear it and I know my daughter would be wonkers over this wonderful and artsy necklace!!
    Sandy

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  7. Fantastic necklace such an eclectic mix which I love. I particularly like the balloon seller piece and the zebra, lightbulb and the bird. Wonderful way to,showcase the challenge. Tracy x

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  8. Oh my goodness Andrea! What a fantastic necklace! I love all the sweet charms and trinkets especially the little bunny selling balloons! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. SO glad I found you (via SSS) - your work is amazing!

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  10. Stunning necklace, Andrea! Love all the beautiful charms you hung on it. Fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

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  11. What a treat to look at Andrea! Love all the details here. Soooo much fun! The balloon seller in the pocket watch face is my favorite :) -- Mary Elizabeth

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  12. This necklace is amazing! It just makes me happy - Thank you!

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  13. I absolutely adore this necklace! I have quite a few things that you have used I can't wait to make one too!

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  14. Gorgeous work and super fun! Glad I saw this!!

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