Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ArtChain Art Challenge on Facebook...

Facebook has been a lot of fun this week, with all of the nominations and participation in the artful 'chain letter' started by artist Donna Greenberg.

The way it worked: One nominated artist would post a piece of their work every day for five days, and each day also nominate one other artist to do the same. Back-links were created when we tagged the originator of the Challenge and the artist who nominated us.

This promoted a lot of interest and excitement in our work and increased our online traffic such that our Facebook fan bases grew and new people discovered us and our work.

These five photos depict the pieces I used in the five days I took the challenge.

Top: Darkened sterling silver treasure necklace with Atlantisite stone cabochons and carved yellow chalcedony stone blossom beads. Also feature hand-forged chain circle links.

Second from top:  Mixed-metals trapezoid fan necklace with copper, sterling silver and labradorite stone cabochons. Handmade sterling wave links between the copper trapezoids and silver accents on the trapezoids.

Third from top: Fold-formed copper construction I call 'Jellyfish Blossom.' The entire blossom is held together with a single sterling silver cold connection and deep within the blossom is a surprise... a large round faceted lemon quartz bead!

Fourth from top: Abstract gingko leaf earrings in sterling silver and with blue Australian opals set into fine silver bezels. The earwires are built into the earrings and holes are drilled to create texture.

Bottom photo: A trio of sterling silver necklaces featuring golden rutilated quartz cabochons. The stones are shot through with golden rods (rutiles) and are set into fine silver bezels onto sterling silver blossoms. These each have a hand-forged chain. Related, but different from each other. The center necklace and the necklace on the right also feature dangle charms with lemon quartz beads. These will soon be listed in my CityRusticJewelry shop on Etsy.

All of my available work will soon be posted in CityRusticJewelry on Etsy:

I am deactivating my second Etsy shop at this time (TanaMcLaneJewelry). I've decided to centralize and simplify in order to focus more clearly in my studio and online. You can also visit and perhaps 'like' my Facebook fan page:

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