Monday, June 14, 2010

Inukshuk Bracelet and Ring Fourteen

Ice Cube Ring by The Sage's Cupboard
Ring # 14 - Ice Cube

Is there anything more exciting than a craft challenge? They’re a great way to get out of a creative slump, and can provide plenty of new inspiration. Challenges are also a fun way to meet other crafters, try new techniques, and of course, show off your skills.

This month, the Oh Canada Etsy Team is having it’s first ever creative challenge. All members - handmade and vintage alike - have been invited to create a listing with a distinct Canadian look, to help provide some great eye-candy for the team banner.

The Inspiration:

As the creator of the contest, I had a long debate about whether or not to enter a piece into the challenge. In the end, I decided to go for it, to encourage more entries and help promote the team. I had a tough time thinking of a unique Canadian design. I didn’t want to go with the obvious red and white color combo - mostly because I don’t have that many white beads to work with.

Although I am not a fan of the misconception that Canada is entirely and constantly covered with snow, I couldn’t help going with a very Northern theme for my creation.

Ice Cube Beads

The Beads:

It was the beads themselves that inspired my snowy challenge entry. I’ve had these blue, turquoise and white Toho cubes for a while. The colors look so great together, I always thought it would be a shame to break them up. So, when it came time to make something that looked Canadian, I knew their time had come. I combined them with some shimmery silver-lined crystal 6/o seed beads for a winter wonderland palette.

The Beadwork:

I am not a fan of patterned beadwork. When I sit down to bead, I like to just dive into the work. Looking up and checking a pattern every few stitches seems to put a kink in my creativity. But for this bracelet, I bit the bullet and created a fun Inukshuk pattern. I used the blue and white cubes for the background, to create a horizon of sky and snow. The turquoise beads became the stones for the figure, standing majestically in the bright Northern sun.

Ice Floe Bracelet by The Sage's Cupboard
Ice Floe Inukshuk Bracelet

I made today’s Ring a Day design to match the bracelet, replacing the white cube beads with cat’s eye cubes for a little extra texture. I used two separate ladder stitch panels to make the focal section, then stitched everything together and added a simple band with silver-lined crystal 11/o’s to match.

Voting opens for the Oh Canada Team banner contest on June 17th. The top designs will be featured in the blog banner for the remainder of 2010. Stop by the Oh Canada Blog before June 28th to see all of the beautiful Canadian entries and vote for your favorite!

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