May Blog Carnival - Orange

May Blog Carnival - Orange


Published On: 05-25-2013 05:32am

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This month the participants of the Jewelry Artisans Community Blog Carnival decided to choose a color to work with and then write a blog post about our experiences.  We voted among the color choices of blue, green, yellow, red, pink, purple and orange.  My initial reaction was to vote for a color I'm comfortable with and since I use a lot of blue and red, I was going to decide between those two colors.  Then one of the participants urged us to think outside the box which got me thinking that using a comfortable color went against the spirit of the color challenge.  So, I ended up voting for orange and, as it turned out, orange was the winner of the poll.

Orange is one of those colors that just isn't a good fit a lot of times.  It's associated with Halloween and it's often thought of as too garish and not a serious color.  But, it's a bright and happy color.  If not overdone, it's really a wonderful color choice.

On another blog entry, I posted about a wire flower design I've been working on.  While making prototypes, I randomly selected a strand of orange beads to use and found that orange and blue like each other:

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Looking through my inventory, I came across these bracelets that incorporate different shades of orange. 

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I also discovered that, at one time, I was using a lot of orange in my designs and I'm not sure why I stopped using it.  Based on the number of items that include orange, I was obviously drawn to orange.

It would not be fair to rely on older work to represent this month's color challenge.  Here is a new earring design that features tangerine orange and oxidized copper.  The antiqued copper does a great job of showcasing the orange beads, while also toning down that bright color a bit.

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This challenge was a good exercise in opening my eyes to the possibilities of orange and also a reminder not to get stuck in a rut when it comes to color usage.  Do you have certain colors you avoid using in your work?  Maybe it's time to re-visit those colors - you may discover you like them more than you think.

To find out what the other participants of this months Blog Carnival have to say about orange, click on the links below.  You'll be glad you did!

N Valentine Studio

Cat's Wire

Ponder the Cat



Reader's Comments

By Wyverndesigns on 05/27/2013 @ 01:01pm

The orange and copper earrings are beautiful. Orange isn't one of my favorite colors but the pieces you've featured make me want to rethink that.

By bluemorningexpressions on 05/26/2013 @ 02:09pm

Great post and I do like the oranges in your designs. I am not an orange person, but it has found its way into a lot of my recent creations. The idea of a challenge is a great way to exercise your creativity. Your jewelry is always wonderful. Julie and Blu

By PebblesatmyFeet on 05/25/2013 @ 08:46pm

I love antiqued copper with orange gemstones. Your post does show that you rose to the challenge. I hadn't been using much orange until a family member lost his struggle to leukemia. Orange is the awareness color for leukemia and I started using it more this spring to help raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

By CardsbyLiBe on 05/25/2013 @ 07:55pm

Beautiful creations with this bright and cheery color. I understand what you mean about it often being associated with Halloween, but you have shown with your gorgeous creations how this color be attractive for all occasions. Great blog! Lisa :)

By DesertCreations on 05/25/2013 @ 07:31pm

Yes orange has gotten a bad rap due to Halloween. Done right orange is an amazing color to work with. Love the new earrings. Thank you for sharing.

By EweniqueEssentials on 05/25/2013 @ 06:19pm

I'm not usually drawn to orange, either, but you have shown some lovely jewelry where orange is the star. Bright orange does have a reputation for being garish, but there are so many beautiful shades of orange, including pumpkin, rust, and peach.

By craftsofthepast on 05/25/2013 @ 03:35pm

Carnelian is one of my very favorite stones. So I have a preference for the warm colors of the spectrum. Thanks for the blog showing how beautiful jewels in this range can be.!

By craftingmemories on 05/25/2013 @ 03:33pm

Being from Tennessee I find I use a lot of orange. I love the bracelets and the earrings are beautiful.

By PutmanLakeDesigns on 05/25/2013 @ 03:23pm

Love the new earrings. Thinking outside the box, huh? I don't use a lot for orange in my quilts so unfortunately I don't have a big stash to pull from. I'll try looking for more shades and values of orange on my quilting store trips.

By CatsWire on 05/25/2013 @ 06:55am

How funny that you forgot about using orange before. The new earring design looks beautiful, you are right, the copper goes great with those beads!

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