View Full Version : Weekly challenge 11/23 - 11/30

11-23-2003, 06:11 PM
This is a photo of the Northern Lights Over Portage River Valley, Alaska.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to make a bead inspired by this picture!


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11-23-2003, 07:00 PM
Oh, good one!



11-23-2003, 07:32 PM
Hmm, I think I can meet this challenge! ...7...6....


11-23-2003, 07:51 PM
...5.... I'll try...

11-23-2003, 08:01 PM
this will be my first challange also

11-23-2003, 10:05 PM
just lined up my colors ...4...3......

Good one Vikki!

11-23-2003, 11:09 PM
........2....... I already made 2 beads this afternoon in those colors without even knowing about the challenge!! I'll post them later! Gorgeous picture and colors!! Right up my alley!! Whoo-hoo!!

:cool: Nancy

11-23-2003, 11:12 PM
OK - I lied about the self-destruction! BWAHAHAHA!!!!

Thanks all - so far - for accepting this challenge!


11-24-2003, 12:04 AM
Geez, that makes me miss Alaska more. However, when the lights are that bright it's usually so cold...something could drop off. :D

11-24-2003, 02:08 AM
Ooo, I get to put up the first picture.
so. much. pressure.

I also have a frit version that didn't turn out as well. It must have been really bad because the camera refused to take any pictures of it, and no matter how many batteries I tried it wouldn't turn on. :D

11-24-2003, 02:15 AM
I was thinking of trying this one... But Autumn, I don't think I can top that!! :D Beautiful!

11-24-2003, 03:55 AM
Oh Autumn, that is pretty. Here's one of my first beads in my new studio since my nightmare move...dark grey base with midnight blue and violet frit and frit stringers, slightly reduced. Thanks for the challenge Vikki, I was lost for inspiration. Sheila

11-24-2003, 11:50 AM
Just beautiful, Autumn & Sheila! It'll be interesting too see how diverse the results will be - I think everyone sees something different in the picture!

I don't get to the studio until tomorrow for my attempt, and the color cartridge is gone in my printer - guess I have to try to recreate it with the kids' crayolas? LOL


11-24-2003, 01:26 PM
Okay...I'm usually too chicken to get in on these challenges, but this one caught my eye.

Here is my interpretation of the beautiful northern lights, fresh from the fiber blankets... front and back of a little black heart.

11-24-2003, 11:20 PM
You folks simply blow me away....lovely beadage!!!

I've had a rough couple of weeks at work, a sickly computer, and a host of other aggravations. I don't get to post often due to so much other stuff going on, but I lurk at work (shhhh!) and consider every one of you an inspiration! :clap:

I'm kind of out of my league posting in a challenge, but here goes!


11-24-2003, 11:34 PM
Oooh, Terry, I think you actually did the best at capturing the light from within! Great effect...did you use frit??? It's positively beautiful. It really looks like the glow in the picture! :D

11-24-2003, 11:40 PM
Thanks, Rachel!

Actually, I was playing around with making twisties and made a one using transparent teal, purple and aqua. I let it get a little too hot when putting it on the white base and it all kind of glopped together. It wasn't all that pretty until I decided to try encasing it, but now I really like it.

11-25-2003, 06:15 AM
Here is my contribution to this week's challenge!


Hugs from Holland,

11-25-2003, 01:46 PM

Your bead is really cool, looks like you got the trees, mountains and sky in there.

Great challange.


11-25-2003, 06:38 PM
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I love all the different interpretations! Everyone's work is fantastic.

I have a couple soaking and I'll post them as soon as I clean the bead poop out of them!


11-25-2003, 10:04 PM
Vikki your picture inspired me. I have never participated in one of the weekly challenges so here is my first.


11-25-2003, 10:38 PM
OK - I lied! I soaked them, cleaned out the bead poop, then decided that I really do need to anneal them before I take photos LOL

Dilly - I love your bead! It looks like the hole is the horizon and the bottom is a reflection of the top, as if you were looking in through the two ivory stripes - beautiful! (did you know it's tradition for participants to send their beads to the person who posted the challenge?)

Sarah - yours looks positively glacial! Love it!

Terri - I agree with Rachel - it's radiant!

Rachel - beautiful colors on a perfectly shaped heart!

Sheila - I love organic - you captured the Aurora Borealis beautifully!

Autumn, your bead is beautiful! I love the shimmer in your bead. And I'm passing the hat to you for the next challenge!

(Just kidding about the challenge tradition ;) )


11-26-2003, 12:57 AM
Wow! Such fabulous beads. I now feel like I have to try some more.

Shiela, your swirls seem so much like the northern lights I expect them to move.

Sarah, I'm in awe, as usual with your work!

Terri, such a glow *drool*

Dilly, I agree with Vikki it looks like reflection on water, fabulous!

Rachel, those hearts beg to be fondled. Such colors and shapes!

Vikki--what?! Ack! Ok, I have a few days to come up with something amazing (and look at past challenges so I don't duplicate one!)

Let's see what my muse and imagination can come up with, shall we?


11-26-2003, 07:32 PM
Finally! I can post a pic to my challenge LOL.....

This is the first bead I made, it's a Lauscha purple base, covered with various shades of pinks, blues and purples - there's actually even some copper green in there somewhere. It's a crappy photo - please excuse!


Then, I made another bead with some Moretti purple and dichro, encased in a light rose pink color (not sure of the "real" name!). It's the first bead I've made with dichro that hasn't cracked! Anyhoo, when I finished, I thought how much it also looked like the reference photo. What do you think?



11-26-2003, 08:00 PM
I won't have any torch time untill friday,, hope that isn't too late

11-26-2003, 09:26 PM

Beautiful! Those are both great! I think the dichro one could benefit from closer inspection. Can I come to your house to take a look and for bicone lessons? Mine end up looking like a bumpy blob with pointy, sharp edges. I never even get as far as adding colors.


11-26-2003, 09:31 PM
I might have to go back to the torch this weekend and make another one. I really like the first bead it really captures the colors of your photo and the sparkle from the dichro in your other bead is great, glad it didn't break.


11-26-2003, 11:22 PM
Never too late, Cathie!

And thanks, Rona & Dilly!

Rona, you're welcome to come for bicone lessons, but I'd have to get someone in to teach the class! LOL!


11-30-2003, 12:35 AM
Ok, I have to admit Vikki your photo really inspired me. I sat at the torch today making Christams beads, I thought I would gag on Red, White and Green. All the time I kept thinking of the Northern Lights, so when I was done making that xmas stuff I made another bead. I think I like this one better, it really show's more of the colors.


11-30-2003, 01:04 AM
Dilly - I loved the first one, but I like this one even better!


11-30-2003, 01:13 AM
Dilly - I love that bead! What did you do to get those effects. Wonderful. Bravo! More applause! :clap: :clap: :clap:

11-30-2003, 09:29 AM
Thanks guys, The base cylinder is Cobalt, which is my very favorite color:D wrapped in silver foil, then cover the silver foil in pale transparent pink, when the center is built up add cobalt on the ends for the proper shape (bicone), where the two colors meet on each end I use silvered ivory to make the window frame, and then over the transparent pink I swiped, transparent dark aqua, teals and lavenders, then if you are working on a wanna-be-torch like me you pull out a cold drink, set back and relax and melt the glass for eternity, and finally I smash the whole darn thing.

I asked Santa, and anybody who would listen for a upgraded torch (look at how politically correct I can be). I can arm wrestle my 18 yr old and win, and he has triple varsity letters on his jacket and works out 3 times a week.:D

Go forth and melt glass!!!


11-30-2003, 06:17 PM
Hi Everybody,
I am a newbie to WC! and just discovered the weekly challenge yesterday. I love a challenge and this one is great for me, since I grew up in Anchorage, about 50 miles from where that picture was taken.

Rona, your bead captures the shimmer of aurora. Is it foil or dichro?

Terry, your bead looks like what happens when aurora is directly overhead, you see shifting clouds of color.

Vikki, another bead with wonderfull shimmer
Dilly, yours are gorgeous!

Here is my entry, I hope the files aren't to big. They were made yesterday in response to the challenge.

11-30-2003, 06:22 PM
Darn! picture didn't attach. Here it is.

11-30-2003, 06:27 PM
Here is another entry. This is an ornament color/pattern that I have been making for several years, already named "aurora"

11-30-2003, 06:35 PM
Wow, Don those are awesome, of course being able to actually live there probably is like cheating:D :D No kidding they are all beautiful and welcome to WC too!!!!


11-30-2003, 06:42 PM
I did foil over a white cylinder, then a spiral of ink blue, followed by dabs of different transparents. We occasionally get to see the Northern Lights here in Wisconsin, but it's been awhile.

Yours are absolutely drool-worthy, and the ornament is beautiful!


11-30-2003, 06:47 PM
Beautiful beads and ornament, Don! I'd love to see some more of your work .......

Rona - haven't looked yet to see if you've posted your challenge :evil grin:


Edited to say, I clicked on your links Don - you have some beautiful pieces! I especiallly love the oil candles.