Thursday, May 31, 2012

Challenge of Literature



Challenge of Literature 2012

If you are here for the Tiny Tin Challenge, go here.

I am very happy to be participating in the Challenge of Literature Blog Hop hosted by Erin from Tesori Trovati Jewelry today.  I have always loved to read.  Books were my own private world when I was growing up, I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading everything I could get my hands on.  It seems to run in my family too, my Mom, one sister and my Aunt all love to read.  Books fly between all of us, sometimes it's hard to keep straight what home they should go back to!  When Erin announced this challenge, I didn't hesitate to enter for one second.  I even knew which books I'd pick.  

One ring to rule them all
One ring to find them
One ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them

I read the Hobbit in 5th or 6th grade, then The Lord of the Rings in 7th.  They were and continue to be my favorite books.  I could probably recite most of them from memory.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to make for this challenge, but I kept going back to the leaf brooch they were given in Lothl√≥rien by Galadriel.  That and Galadriel's ring have always been my two favorite pieces of jewelry from the books.  I didn't think my wire wrapping was good enough yet to try the ring, so I went for the brooch.  It's the first thing I've made from polymer clay.  It is bigger than I wanted it to be, so I think I'll be making another smaller one, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out for my first attempt in a new medium.  


I used translucent clay with the mix I did for the green and pearl ex watercolors to paint the veins and around the edge.  I wish we would have had some sun today because it does sparkle nicely.  

Here is the brooch from the movie Return of the King.  They did a wonderful job capturing it the way it was described in the books.

Image from http://www.allmoviephoto.com
Thanks to Erin for having such a wonderful idea and for hosting this, and thank you for visiting me.  Please visit the other participants to see what they created for the challenge:

46 comments:

  1. Great job! You are so talented!

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  2. Awesome redo of the piece in the photo! What a fun inspiration for a blog hop.!

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  3. LOL! We picked the same book. Great job on the brooch!

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    1. I saw that, I loved your bracelet it's beautiful.

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  4. It is amazing how books take us to a new place and time! I have not read Lord of the Rings! Great job using a new medium! Your piece is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, I loved seeing all the different books/poetry on this hop. It's also very cool to hear how many people love these books.

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  5. I was never a reader, except in elementary school. I was never encouraged to read, and we didn't have books around the house. I envy those who do love to read.

    I love your polymer leaf, and to make it into a brooch is a fabulous idea!

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    1. I was very lucky that both parents liked to read too. We always had books at home.

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  6. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really - I am blown away by this gorgeous adaptation of the brooch!!!! I loved the Hobbit as well and had the pleasure of listening to it last year with my son while we took a 10 hour road trip!

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  7. I just love the brooch and I can't believe that it is your first time working with polymer. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, I really enjoyed working with polymer. It's a lot of fun.

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  8. Very cool! You did an amazing job!

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  9. Hi Kim,
    You did a wonderful job on recreating the leaf pendant it is beautiful. I have not read these books, but I have seen all three movies several times.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, I love the movies too and I can't wait for the Hobbit to come out.

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  10. Oh the pendant is beautiful! I have read all of these books and loved them dearly. The Hobbit was my first novel, I was 7 when I read it, and it has always been so very dear to me. This is exactly how I imagined it would be :)

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    1. Thank you, I really appreciate it :-)

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  11. You did a wonderful job on the leaf! Can't wait to see your second attempt!

    I am trying to get through Lord of the Rings. I love the movies so much my boyfriend was like "Why don't you read the books?" So I started... 3 years ago. Lol. I never made it out of the Shire with the paperback. I got the audio book last month and we've JUST left Tom Bombadil's house... slowly but surely, I'll make it through. I love the book. But my brain, for some odd reason, wanders with this series. Siiiiiiigh...

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    1. They can be a bit slow to start but it will be worth it. I loved the movies too, I have them on dvd and watch them a lot.

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  12. We read the books when my husband was recovering from a traumatic brain injury so these books hold many dear memories for me. I love your leaf and smiled because another hopper also made a leaf to embody what these books meant to her :-)

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    1. I wondered if anyone else was going to pick this series. I think it's neat to see how many people love them. Thank you!

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  14. Very cool! You know I have never read these books. Maybe it is time to start with the Hobbit and see where that might lead me. I love the way you challenged yourself to use a new medium as well! Very inspired and something special to recall the friends that you read and who become real to you! Thank you for playing with me in this Challenge! Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. Thanks Erin, I have actually wanted to make that leaf for years, I am so glad you did this hop so I had a reason to try it.

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  15. The Tolkien books are simply phenomenal. I have read and reread them all every few years... I like your leaf - inspired by the movie interpretation. I wonder what your imagination would have envisioned without the movie influence?! Nice work!

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    1. It's been great to see how many people also love them. I honestly don't know what it would have looked like without the movie influence, but I did think they did a good job on most of the jewelry from the books. Thank you!

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  16. Really love the leaf pendant. I have not read the books, but I could visualize the story from your piece. Boy, my reading list is getting long after this hop!

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    1. Mine too, there were a lot I haven't read!

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  17. I tried reading the Hobbit several times as it was on our shelves growing up. It never grabbed me. That's a commentary more on the genre as a whole not these books specifically. I'm so glad you went for it with polymer for the first time, that's awesome! If you do go to make it again try baking it dropped over two rolls of printer paper, like in the valley between the two rolls. That will create a gentle curve so there will always be light hitting some part of all that work you did with the pearl ex. That's my 2 cents anyways :)

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    1. I will try that, when I took the picture I thought it looked too flat, thank you!

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  18. Love the leaf pendant, it really looks great! I love the LOTR series too, such an epic story! I've read it a few times, and I'm looking forward to seeing The Hobbit as a movie when it comes out!

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    1. Me too, I can't wait for it to come out! Thank you.

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  19. I think you captured the leaf perfectly - especially for your first attempt! I have read the LOTR trilogy, but it was slow going for me. I did love the movies and the jewelry that was created for it. Thanks for sharing your piece!!!

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    1. I loved the movies too. I think Peter Jackson did a great job translating them to movies and I can't wait for the Hobbit to come out. Thank you, I will be working with Polymer again, it is a great medium.

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  20. Good for you, learning a new medium and putting it out there on a challenge! Very inspiring to all of us! Your leaf is awesome!

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  21. Wow! Great job! Pretty amazing for your first try!

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    1. Thank you Sue, I enjoyed doing it!

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  22. Your post is beautiful! follow each other?:X

    FashionSpot.ro

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    1. Thank you! Sure I just followed your blog.

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  23. You just did a marvelous job. The kumihomo necklace is just the perfect match for that pendant. Your partner sent you rich ingredients and certainly made yummy things out of them.

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