Saturday, February 12, 2011

52 Week Challenge - the beginning

Inspiration is needed here at McLachlan Design Studio. So I decided to give myself a 52 week challenge, to make one new piece of jewelry per week for a year.  It seems like a daunting task but I've decided to go for it. I get into a rut where I don't make anything at all for a long period of time, then inspiration hits and I'll work for several days and make a lot of jewelry, then fizzle out.  So this will keep me on a schedule.

To start the challenge off, I've made something totally different than my usual bracelets and earrings. This is also unusual because my standard materials are crystals or glass beads with silver. 

This necklace is called Love 4 Turquoise; I had to use the love theme considering it's the month of Love.  The center front of the necklace is 4 love knots, made from sterling silver, with a turquoise bead hanging between the center two knots.  The sides/back of the necklace are sections of sterling silver Figaro chain separated by turquoise beads.  The necklace is between 9 1/2 and ten inches long. You can see more pictures of this necklace in my Bonanza Store.

Check back next Saturday for Week 2 of the challenge.  If you would like to challenge me with suggestions of materials or type of jewelry you would like to see, let me know.  I'm up for the challenge and you may even get something if I use your inspiration/idea.

Have a great week!


  1. People often underestimate how much time goes into making one piece of jewelry.

    It is a very daunting task to create one piece a week for a year. I will be following you to see how you are managing.

    Nice piece by the way, love the use of green and silver.

    Good Luck!

    Tiffany @ Tiffany @ Prayer Necklace

  2. what a great idea Denise- i love it and I love the turquoise necklace too...I am going to check out Bonanza soon as the weather gets better, I am planning a etsian get together here for locals..i'll keep u posted..
    wine and cheese included!

  3. I love your 52 week challenge. What a great idea. Maybe I'll do a 365 day challenge since I can usually make one item a day.

    I love your Turquoise necklace. I just got a turquoise ear cuff.

    Hey, how did you get this block to the right of the screen? The one that keeps moving with all of your items. Love it!

  4. Great idea! it's always good to challenge yourself!

  5. Thanks for the comments everyone and all the moral support.

  6. Thank you for posting this. I have been on a similar schedule. I will create like mad for a couple of days and then weeks go by when I can't seem to get anything that I like off the bench. I am inspired by your post.