Friday, August 26, 2011

etsymetal Project Runway Challenge, Season 9, Week 4

How to please Nina this week… If you’ve been following Project Runway this season, you’ll recall that last week the designers had to design something Nina Garcia could wear to work during the day and to industry functions in the evening. And Nina likes streamlined, modern looks. Can’t be boring either….

I decided to use a piece of petrified palmwood I had stashed away, in a very graphic black and white with polkadots to create a brooch. The shape, which measures 1 ½ x 5/8”, is a fairly conservative shape, but fits the streamlined criteria well. The simple design gives it a modern look, but the stone itself is bold and unusual. 

For the back of the brooch, I’ve created a texture in the sterling reminiscent of reptile skin and added 14kt gold pin findings for an added touch of bit of opulence! Two little 14kt gold balls on either side are the only adornment needed to complete the look.

My idea was that it could be worn on a blouse at the throat like a collar bar or on a jacket, lapel, etc. Hey Nina, would you wear this?? Alas, we’ll never know, but someone will. Maybe with matching earrings? I have those too…

Next week’s challenge is to make something that would work well with Heidi's sporty New Balance collection. See it here.  Hmmmmmm.  Stay tuned!


  1. good job! while i dont have a tv i do remember nina and i can totally see this on her :) its very nice betsy

  2. Paula, I don't have cable so I watch it on my computer, so now you won't have to deprive yourself!

  3. Contemporary, elegant and gorgeous. Perfect!

    I like this challenge!

  4. gosh! absolutely stunning Betsy!
    I don't have a tv either, but will try and look out for Nina ...
    would be nice if she could see this :)

  5. OOh, Ive just been looking through your etsy shop, very very nice! I absolutely love your large fresh water pearl ring, mmm, will have to drop some hints to the hubby I think.....

  6. Thank you Lois, Annette, and Niki!