Clearly I would have been out weeks ago. (If I were the brave kind of person who'd try out for a reality show)
We've been watching, thinking and sketching. At the party store (episode 3 season 8) I would be going the direction the winner went. Paper! Though I'd be into the confetti too:
Making beads isn't something I've tried, but I'm an old hand with paper and adhesives. Laminating layers of color together would make a fun bead. Including confettin in the mix would give it the necessary bling factor.
Or I could use confetti as beads to sparkle things up. Our party store also had statuary and trinket gifts. Lots of fun just taken apart to be focal elements.
Episode 4's hats struck a real cord with me. I started making jewelry because of masks, and maskmaking and haberdashery are close cousins. There are so many fabulous hats to look at on the web. I found a stunning flock of butterflies -shall we pretend this hat is my choice?
I would look to the flowers. Milkweed. Dangling earrings or a necklace with a cluster of blossoms.
The last episode we worked on is the Team Challenge, Episode 5. A major exercize in collaboration. Each team was instructed to create a line of 6 looks that go together. It turned out that the teams had different levels of success, in fact one team was really successful and the other almost completely failed. The difference came from respect. One team, the underdogs, was able to respect one another and keep lines of communication open, while the other, the team with 4 challenge winners, could not manage even a little bit of respect and tried to pin all of their failures on one team member. It was sad.
Mina and I are very much thinking about collaboration lately. Mina gave me this sketch:
An idea she had, inspired by the lovely mother of pearl art nouveau necklace. It seems quite doable. We discussed shapes and available stones and means of attaching this focal piece to a necklace with chain and beads. I only hope I can do justice to her design and that my knowledge of construction can make her vision possible. One thing that helps me be confident in our success is Mina and I respect one another's talants and we can communicate very well about design and changes.