November AJE Component of the Month – Caroline Dewison

This month’s component of the month is exciting – it’s a lichen cabochon or pendant by Caroline Dewison of Blueberri Beads!  Here’s what she made for us!

I chose a blue cabochon – I got the one on the bottom right!  As usual, I didn’t take work in progress photos, which I really like to do on these projects, but here’s what I made!

I was excited to receive this because I was attending the Bead My Love retreat in Delaware before this CoM was due, so I thought I’d get some great ideas there!  I really wanted to make this elaborate beaded cuff, but just don’t possess the skills or patience or space to do it right now, but someday I will make one.  So for now, I made a beaded bezel, and used some of my new skills to add more rows to it.

I added a stop-bead row of purplish-gray size 8 beads to the outside of the peyote bezel, and then did a brick stitch row of beads in that pretty blue.  I also added a row of blue beads between the peyote bezel and the stop-bead row, to fill in the gap.

This is the back, not perfect but pretty darn good!

I added a picot row at the end, and three loops – I haven’t decided how I’m going to do the strap yet, so it’s still kind of a work in progress.  I ended up with an odd number of beads in the brick stitch row when I was putting the picot row on, and was momentarily stumped and upset.  But I figured out that I should do an odd number of loops for the strap, and all was well with the world again!

I’m really excited about this piece I made with Caroline’s gorgeous cabochon, I’ll let you know what I finish it with.  To see what everyone else made, please visit the blogs below!

Guests

Nicole Prince – http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/2015/11/art-jewelry-elements-component-of-month.html

Kathy Lindemer  – http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
AJE Team

Diana Ptaszynski – http://vintagebluestudio.typepad.com/vintage_blue_studio/2015/11/november-com-reveal.html

Lesley Watt – http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/aje-component-of-month-november-reveal.html
Niky Sayers – http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog/november_component_month_im_lichenit
Susan Kennedy – http://suebeads.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/november-aje-component-of-month.html
Lindsay Starr – http://phantasmcreation.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/art-jewelry-elements-component-of-month.html
Jennifer Stout Cameron – http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog
Kristen Stevens – http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.co.uk
Linda Landig – https://lindalandig.wordpress.com
Caroline Dewison – http://blueberribeads.co.uk/archives/4604