Day 7: Creative Challenge

The day of rest has seen an outpouring of productivity from the creative challenge team. I made a sterling silver and black onyx ring to wear with the pendant I made on day one. I love this ring with its generous stone (30mm x 22mm). My tumbler worked on overdrive this afternoon to make the finish sparkle after I'd finished filing and polishing. Fans of The Castle will know what I mean when I say...'this is going straight to the pool room'. Actually, to tell you the truth, I think I'm going to wear it to bed.

Scarlet's black onyx and sterling silver ring

Scarlet's black onyx and sterling silver ring

Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been creating on the fly today and he needed an effective creation with a speedy turnaround time. He thought he'd struck gold when he found an underpriced coat at St. Vinnie's: 'My God, it's a gold coat for $10!'. Imagine his disappointment when he realised it was beige. Kanen is anything but beige. His disappointment gave way to excitement, however, when he experienced a burning flash of inspiration: 'Aha! Creative challenge for today solved'. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? He's used some left over gold paint to add the bling we've grown to expect from him, and he tells me the fabric feels like silk once the paint has dried. If you see him modelling this jacket on Oxford Street, I dare you to grab him by the lapel and give him...I mean it...a feel.

Kanen's awesome gold jacket

Kanen's awesome gold jacket

Stephen Bennett decided that the day of rest, being the traditional day of virtue, was an ideal day for recycling. He wrote this piece for a composition course in 2002 and his parents, who were orchestral musicians before they retired, recorded it for him. The sound quality of the recording leaves something to be desired, but it's good to hear how it would sound on string instruments. He's decided to do some more work on the piece. He had to rush the ending to meet the requirements of the course (only a certain number of bars were allowed) and he wants to expand the ending now to realise his original conception.