Flowers ... Theme Challenge Reveal & Blog Hop

I joined in on July's Theme Challenge hosted by Art Elements. Team member Marsha chose Flowers as the theme and I immediately signed up. I didn't participate in last month's Silkies theme, deciding instead to concentrate on a new jewelry collection.
Well, that didn't go as planned and while I'm ecstatic to have had the best Biz month ever, my collection hasn't advanced as much as I'd hoped. In fact, I just finished up another custom order today before allowing myself the time to get this post started. If I could function on less than 5 hours of sleep, much more could get accomplished. But at this age I've acquired some smidges of wisdom and I know my limits.
A Rose from my Garden that I call Red Velvet. Circa 2015, Paris, France suburbs.
Time crunches aside, I did manage to get two pieces done, and truth be told, they're doing double-duty since flowers are essential to Bees, which are the focus of that collection mentioned above.

The first piece is a Brass Sunflower that I torch-painted last month before a bee came and attached itself to it. After contemplating that combo for a week or more, I decided to cover it in Resin to add some protection and also because I like SHINE😁! A small Czech Glass Light Amber teardrop acquired from a new fave shop, JJM Jewelry, is wrapped in rose gold wire to match the Bee.

I chose to make this a cuff but then I couldn't hard solder since the Flower was already coated, so used a ready-made cuff that I've had for about 4 years. Using 2-part Epoxy Glue I attached both pieces while still putting together a Plan B in the recesses of my mind just in case the glue didn't hold. But it appears that cuff & flower are firmly communing happily together. I will add some resin or glue on the inside for looks. I don't like seeing the glue just puddled there ...  but I will lose that beautiful torched color which is hard to see on these two images.
























The second piece below is really just a put-together-the-components long necklace. Since the majority of my metal work involves metalsmithing & wire-wrapping, I felt guilty doing this so I added a Czech Glass Amber as 'stamens' and a Twisted Rondelle bead from same shop cited above.
I loved this flower cutout which is Stainless Steel, as is the Bee Lives Matter charm. The purchased Rollo chain is a nice long length for this relatively weighty piece.
Sorry for the blurry photos, I blame it on haste ....
I was going to include a small collage of other Flower-themed items I've done over the past few years or pics of my garden back home, but couldn't locate the files on this computer ... And don't want to waste any more time looking. After all, a couple chapters of Outlander Book 8 are waiting to be read.

This is a Blog Hop and I hope you'll find some quiet time to check out these talented artists and their Flower Creations.
Alysen

Per Marsha:
Please take some time and look at the wonderful things people are creating and contributing to this theme by visiting these artists blogs (if you are having issues leaving comments, please try using google chrome as your browser).
You can also see and participate yourself via social media by using the hashtags: #AEThemeChallenge and #AEFlowers

Here is a list of our Visiting Artists:
Alysen   Cat   Divya   Evie and Beth   Jill   Hope   Kathy   Linda   Louise   Martha   Melissa   Michelle   Rozantia
Sarah   Sarajo   Tammy

And our Art Elements Blog Contributors:
Caroline   Cathy   Claire   Jenny   Laney   Lesley   Marsha   Susan

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  1. Both your pieces are lovely Alysen

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  2. Lovely work, and I love that you added the bees! They deserve our attention, even more so in real life. Flowers and bees are the perfect combination <3

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    1. Cat, you're absolutely right, with all the spraying going on under our noses!! Bees are the subject of my new collection. I'm a real Outlander fan and Book 9 is titled after these little buzzers.

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  3. I felt the same way and even signed up quite late - such a great theme, so many things could be done but time constraints and other events get in the way. You did well, though, you even got a theme - bees!!! Both pieces are beautifully composed and made!

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    1. Thank you Rozantia, I signed up because I knew it went with my Bee collection theme and could do a double-duty piece, which I did. Always happy for orders though, so I couldn't fret too much!

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  4. I especially like the necklace. The bee looks so cute combined with the flower. Well done!

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  5. LOVE that bangle, that is beautiful. I so hear you on the sleep thing, but 5 whole hours would be a dream to me, not that I am productive in those wakeful hours preferring instead to clock watch!! Your rose is beautiful too, mine have not been so good this year, old and the right weather this Spring as it was too warm I think.

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    1. Laney, ooh, not even 5 hours? Yikes, I don't like to nap during the day so I'd be a zombie :). I'm worried that my garden has died off after virtually 3 years with no real care to the plants that need extra watering & care. And after the multiple heat/no rain waves we've been having in France ... :( .

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  6. Those are both lovely, but that cuff is really something special! I'm in awe of all the steps you've taken to really make it what you want. Enjoy your book!!

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    1. Thank you Hope. You know how it is when you study a piece, all these ideas come about what to do .... yes, I did get about 20 pages read last night before lights out.

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  7. Thanks for participating this month Alysen! I do like how you connected the flowers with insects in your work and added the little personal details to make these extra special pieces. I can completely relate to trying to find older photos and reading Outlander. I listened to them all on audio and couldn't stop!

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    1. Thank YOU Marsha for giving us a no-fail theme! Oh, I think I'm pretty much obsessed by Outlander ... can't wait til the new season is on TV! And on my 4th read-through since I've been here MomCaring = 3.4 months and counting ;/ .

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  8. I think adding resin to the back is a great idea. It will hide the glue and increase the bod as well. Why don't you tint the resin to make the back conceptual as well?

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    2. Exactly Divya! Great Idea for tinting!!! Thanks ... I used gold mica on a few of my Bee pieces and do have other colors. I've got to get on my Blog Hop after lunch :) .

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  9. The bracelet is lovely and I like that you added the resin over the torched metal. The long necklace is definitely something I would wear often! I also hate scrolling through thousands of photos to find just the right one. Reading Outlander is much more fun!

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    1. Thank you Cathy, it's funny but I realize that I rarely wear my pieces ... the rare times that I go out, that is. I do have some sort of 'filing' on my computer, where I download my two phones regularly by date. I guess I have to go in now and make more folders, or sub-folders. But you're right, I'd rather use the time otherwise ;)) .

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  10. Gorgeous designs, I love that you've used bees too... what a great way to raise awareness of such an important cause!

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    1. Thanks Caroline! Yes, I think I'm becoming a Bee Advocate. Here at Sis's where I've been the past 3 years, most houses have gardeners who come and spray several times a year ... sad to see :( . I cringed this Spring when I saw him doing that a few months ago...

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  11. Lovely pieces! The bees are a perfect touch with those amber drops!

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  12. Two lovely creations Alysen!

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  13. You have a couple of great pieces there, love what you did with the focal for the cuff! (and I'm with you on reading Outlander, among my favourite book series!)

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    1. Thank You Melissa, it's always nice to hear from Outlander fans :).

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  14. Congrats on your best business month ever - that's fantastic! Love your new bee collection and your cuff is great! Love the Bees Lives Matter charm!

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    1. Thanks Sue! Yes, now I'll probably get depressed in August .... those stainless steel charms are so hard to photograph, but I do love them.

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  15. I love the flower - bee theme you are doing! Both of those pieces are lovely! Yay for being busy in you business.

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    1. Thanks Michelle, so many ideas & possibilities .. I hope I'll be able to create all of them :).

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  16. Beautiful marriage of materials.

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  17. Both pieces are beautiful and I especially love the richness and depth of color you got with the brass flower. I also love that your new line will be about bees. Bees are awesome.

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    1. Thank You Tammy! Yes, I've read a lot about Bees and their quandries, mostly but not always caused by humans and chemicals! Starting to roll out my Bees on Etsy this week ... very time consuming :).

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  18. Nice job on both of these designs. Saving our bees is crucial, it's great that you are highlighting their importance.

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    1. Thanks Linda, I wish some of the 'professional' gardening services around here would realize the Bee's importance instead of treating them like pests!!

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  19. Cute pieces! I really like the cuff especially.

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