Thursday, August 4, 2011

Etsymetal Project Runway Challenge, Season 9, Week 1

The etsymetal team's Project Runway challenge is a great way to get the creative juices flowing without having to experience quite the same amount of anxiety that the actual Project Runway participants are facing! This is the first year I've been a member of the etsymetal team and the first year I've joined the challenge. Hey, my youngest just moved out of the house last week, I feel like I might just have the time to devote to it!
The challenge this first week is based on the Project Runway week 1 challenge, "Come as you Are"

The etsymetal translation this week is to make something only from material that is sitting on your bench. Lucky for me as you can see...

                                                                        Everything under the sun lives here...

I found a thick piece of aluminum that had been living in my scrap drawer for about 3 years, patiently waiting for something to happen...or not.
Cut, hammered and filed, then using rivets to attach a sterling back with a pinstem, creating a 4 1/2" long brooch. Very substantial, yet being aluminum, very lightweight.

From the etsymetal blog you'll be able to follow the challenge and see what everyone else is coming up with. And you don't need to be a member to play along... 


  1. nice! i dont know why but i like the backside ALOT...but the whole piece is well done, good job betsy!

  2. thanks, Paula, I do think backsides deserve a little love...

  3. Ha I knew there was a reason not to keep your bench super clean! Gorgeous brooch :-)

  4. Jamie, It does get cleaned every now and then, but I swear it only lasts for about a week... it's hopeless!

  5. Yes! Yet another reason to keep my workroom a total mess! ha! Your leaf is sublime, Betsy as is all your work!! xo

  6. Obviously, the more time you spend cleaning your work area, the less time there is to make stuff! Thank you, Cait!

  7. What a beautiful, dramatic piece. Love it!