Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Project Runway Jewelry Challenge

This weeks challenge was taken from season 4, episode 8: En Garde! Designers were teamed up to make an avant-garde garment based on their model's hairdo as well as a ready-to wear design based on the avant-garde creation. I was stop and start and almost didn't do this, but I got my rear in gear and managed to do both pieces.

I've been thinking about using papier-mâché made with newsprint and combining it with a metal framework for a while now, so it was time to use the idea. When I was thinking of avant-garde, I think immediately of a head piece of some kind - that's certainly out of the realm of the norm for me - no, I'm not a big tiara wearer. The framework for the tiara is made from blackened copper. The paper-mache is held in place with fine silver head pins which are wrapped around the edge of the paper. It's surprisingly comfortable and light to wear.
The ready to wear version of the tiara is a pair of earrings. Simple ovals of with framework made of the same blackened copper and fine silver. The earrings got some people in their collage of newsprint just for fun. They're quite large, 2 1/4" long by 1" wide, but because most of their make up is paper, they're lightweight and comfortable. Here's some more photos which include the back side of both pieces:

Check out what Victoria and Lora did! I'll post more links as soon as I get them!


  1. great idea Nina!!!

    I love the paper (of course!!) and the tiara is fabulous!!

  2. Nina its so fun!
    I LOVE the backside with the hidden words.
    Im so glad you decided to do this challenge because it is such a treat to see what youve been coming up with every week!