#1 - From all the dresses I saw at the Oscars this year I was inspired by Penelope Cruise’s grey elegant dress. I designed an asymmetrical necklace with cabochons, and positioned the cabochons in my drawing, interlocked with beaded “pipes” full of pearls. The necklace catches the neck and values the cleavage underlining the simple elegance of the dress and catching the eyes. The glamour of the necklace is given by the design and especially by the shiny and elegant mother of pearl cabs.
I created a “Medusa” necklace beaded with Miyuki seed beads and mother pearl flat beads and pearls. The Medusa body is tentacled and the flat mother pearls are cabochon encased using the chevron style. The “lace” is beaded with round mother pearls, in a chevron variation technique. The upper side of the laces are beaded also in a chevron style and grey organza is woven in. Dimension: 16 x 14 cm; 46 cm around the neck.
Here is my website: http://www.spiraldesignjewelry.com/jewelry/necklaces/medusa-necklace.html
I designed this necklace for strapless dresses. It was used at a bridal fashion show and totally completed the gown. When I see a lady in a gown with hardly any jewelry I really see the outfit as incomplete. I feel the right pieces of jewelry compliment and complete an outfit! www.jazzyjewelzbynancy.com
I was so excited to learn about the challenge with Oscar theme! I have decided – for the first time – take part and submit my piece of jewelry! I just could not pass such a theme! I’ve looked at MANY photos from this year’s awards ceremony and from last year.. and even though there are some nice pieces of jewelry, the thing that inspired me in the end was.. the Oscar “himself”.. him and red carpet! I think there are not enough rubies at the celebration.. I mean, seriously.. sparkly red in gold – what can be more festive than this combination of colors! So rubies (Swarovski’s Siam red bicone beads of 4 and 6 mm) and gold (Toho seed beads in 2 different “gold” colors, ##15 and 8) were used to make my Oscar Inspired Necklace which I called “Down the Red Carpet”. It is simple yet it stands out. I can only imagine how fabulous it would look on some brunette! Oh..
So whether I win anything or not – it does not really matter as I think I’ve already won by having such a good idea for my necklace! Thank you for this challenge! www.moussycrafts.etsy.com
#10 – How it came together: I watched the Oscars and loved the purple and silver of Maya Rudolph’s gown. The next morning I grabbed various purples and some silver links I had hanging around and had been wanting to work with. I started making peyote rings to link them together, bezeled and embellished an amethyst rivoli, and ended up with this! http://www.etsy.com/shop/onthepondcreations
#11 - The Black Mystic was inspired by an Alexander McQueen dress worn by Jessica Chastain on the night of Oscar. I was inspired by the elegant masquerade theme of the dress- a mysterious black with an intricate use of gold to achieve a classy yet vintage look.
Instead of using the traditional weaving method, the necklace rope was executed with the” herringbone twist”, using size 11 (gilded marble black) seed beads which had an understated gold tone.
Furthermore, I added some matte gold fire-polished and triangular seed beads in between the rope to accent the gold tones of the piece. The rectangular shape toggle and frame pendant made the necklace more unique, in order to highlight the frame pendant, I suspended a black spinel teardrop inside.
#12 - My inspiration came from Alexander McQueen’s black-and-gold bespoke gown worn by Ms. Jessica Chastain during the Oscars in 2012.
Inspiration: “The Artist” – black and white!
My original peyote bracelet pattern (Ahead of the Curve) was published in Interweave’s Step by Step Beads in 2009, and I have since made my bracelet in MANY color and bead variations. But the idea of using only black and white beads intrigued me.
So like the movie, “The Artist”, I took something normally done in color and converted it to black and white. This version of my design is slightly wider than my original pattern and the triangle inserts are more dramatic. www.bylynette.blogspot.com
#15 - I have attached 2 views of a necklace that I made primarily of Swarovski crystals. I was inspired by a necklace I saw on Amy Adams two years ago at the Academy Awards (which I attended). Her necklace was round and very colorful, however I love art deco and seemed to gravitate to this style to go with some of the incredible and simple black gowns. I have been beading for 4 years, have a website: www.beadartistrybynancy.com and have sold my work at craftshows.
#16 - I love to watch the stars sparkle at the Oscars only sometimes they just don’t wear any jewelry. But Keira Knightley wore a beautiful Victorian inspired necklace at the 2006 academy awards. It looked beautiful with her one-shouldered dress. I love the sapphire, emerald and ruby color combination accented by the clear crystals. The necklace is made using 12mm rivolis and 4mm crystals along with 2mm crystals for accents. It uses RAW as well as netting to make the elements with 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads.
#17 - A beautiful combination of Swarovski rondelles, sterling wavy disc and cultured pearls, stick and potato. The focal piece is a Crystal Quartz with sterling bead caps surrounding it. It is a beautiful piece that has the ability to pick up the blues and teals in your attire and show those colors as if it were blue or teal itself. The Swarovski rondelles have a hint of blue grey to them. It sits nicely right at the neckline and has a very regal style to it.
Please post a comment on this blog and let us know your favorite. Voting ends March 19th. Thanks to all the challengers! Also, please, one vote per person.