A little patina goes a long way to making the details pop on the new brooch, and a signature and date on the reverse mark it as a one-of-a-kind piece. With my Treetop brooch finished, I'm on my way with one of the new challenges I've joined this year: Four a Month. Last year I joined the Ring a Week group, and I participated into mid-spring when life got too hectic and I tired of rings, which I only rarely wear. Of course, rings are difficult to sell as well, because invariably my one-of-a-kind pieces are not the right size for a particular admirer. So I faded away on that challenge. This challenge is better for me because there are no restrictions on the type of project.
Organized by the inspiring Lora Hart, Four a Month doesn't even require you to perform on a regular schedule. If you are the type to produce four at a time, post them all and you're done for the month. If you miss a week or two, just catch up when life allows.
Check out the images on the Four a Month Flickr website, and join us in the challenge if you would benefit from the collective energy of facing a challenge with 138+ other artists. I guarantee you'll find something to amaze you amongst the offerings.