Wow, time flies! And this is the last “Component” of the Month Challenge – if you didn’t see it, we’re switching over to themes for the rest of the year, to allow for a wider variety of interpretations and mediums. Niky made these awesome copper clay Runes for us for February.
A rune, in case you’re not familiar, is a symbol used in ancient Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet. The runes Niky chose are “Elder Futhark” which is the oldest of the runic alphabets. As usual, I didn’t take a photo of my rune until after I was done making something with it, but the one I received is the bottom left in the photo above.
My rune is Uruz. The meaning is Auroch, or wild ox. The “esoteric” meaning of this rune is physical strength, speed, a time of great energy, action, courage, tenacity, wisdom.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my rune, but I used it as a cabochon. I didn’t want to put any holes in it – I didn’t want to permanently change it in case I changed my mind! So I bezeled it using some cute czech faceted beads and demi size 11s.
I didn’t get a change to finish it, but I will be making a nice beaded strap for it. Originally I thought I would make it into a necklace with labradorite, but decided against it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this last Component of the Month, and will visit everyone else’s blog! Next month the theme is Nests!
This month, it was Niky’s turn to provide the Component of the Month – she sent us these awesome hare coin clasps! She makes such awesome things! And yes, as usual, I didn’t take a photo of it before I used it. I do that, I admit it.
I wanted to learn a new stitch, and thought flat chenille stitch would go perfectly with the size of this clasp. I chose size 11 and 15 Japanese seeds in coordinating colors, colors I thought would look good with the brushed silver of the coin. And then I learned flat chenille stitch.
To be honest, I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to actually figure it out. It’s a pretty easy stitch,but for some reason, I was having trouble initially in turning over to the next row. Once I got it, it went really quickly and it’s a pretty fun stitch, with quick results!
Here’s the whole bracelet, very easy to wear as well!
I have another clasp of Niky’s from last years’ CoM, and I already have beads picked out to turn it into a flat chenille stitch bracelet!
Thanks so much to Niky for the awesome clasp, and check out what everyone else made!
This month it was Laney’s turn to provide the Component of the Month, and she made these cute little Zombees! I did not take a photo of mine before I made something, if I did you would probably drop dead at this point!
Here’s my little zombee creation all done up with a cool effect from PicMonkey. Are you aware that you now have to pay for PicMonkey – a yearly subscription. I paid my dues because I use this program a lot and don’t have time to learn another free one.
So here’s my creation – a bookmark. Yep. Lame. I did not have a good enough idea until it was too late to do anything about it, and I wanted to make something, anything. So I made this bookmark. The zombee is trying to get the fall flowers.
My real idea at this point is to make a glass cabochon that looks like a pumpkin, bead bezel it, and make it into a cute necklace, with the zombee being part of the strap – I was going to a strap in some sort of beading pattern, maybe chenille stitch. And add some halloweeney beads along the chain. The main program is I don’t even have any other halloweeney beads so, this might take a while!
AAAANNNDDD another month has gone by, and this time it was Caroline Dewison’s turn to provide the component for the Art Elements Design Challenge! She sent these!
Beautiful celestial beads! As usual, I did not take a photo of my set, but hey, you’ll see them below! So drumroll….. here’s what I made!
I did another spiral stitch necklace, with Star Sapphire size 8 and 11 beads, and some gold plated hex beads (all found at Bead Fest because I remembered to bring the set Caroline sent me so I could match beads!!!!) Proud of me! The hex beads mimic the starts on the ceramic round perfectly!
I used a ball-and-socket clasp, I really like these when I make a spiral rope necklace, easy to apply and easy to use!
I’m not an “all matchy matchy” person but we did have these great round beads, and since I didn’t use them in the necklace, I decided to make a simple pair of earrings with them! I like them, I like simple jewelry so there you have it!
Please visit everyone else’s blogs to see what they made! Thank you Caroline, for some great beads! I enjoyed this challenge!
I provided the scarab beads for the Component of the Month Challenge over at Art Elements for July! And as usual, didn’t take a photo of my own bead before I started working with it. But here is the one I used – unfortunately, you can’t see the lustrous oil slick colors of this black metallic glass because once again we have cloudy days here in Pittsburgh.
I made a choker length necklace using spiral stitch and these awesome seed beads that go so well with this black metallic glass!
I used hematite swarovski crystals to divide the bead stitching and the scarab focal bead; I actually ordered a pile of pairs of various black swarovski colors and decided that these match the best!
I finished off the necklace with the ball socket clasp – it’s a nice way to finish a spiral stitch – the size is just right and it’s fairly easy to sew into the design.
Please check out what our guests and team members made with their scarabs! And thanks to everyone who took part in designing with my scarabs!
Time for another Component of the Month – this time Lesley sent us these awesome shell cabs/pendants. I chose a cabochon, I just can’t get enough of them!
The cabochon is somewhat shallow, so I didn’t bead bezel it, I glued it down really well and started beading around it. I wanted to invoke the feeling of the ocean, but underneath where there’s movement but it’s gentle and flowing!
I used colors that were found in the colors of the cabochon, and then added “tentacles” of size 15 seed beads and then size 11 seed beads – kind of an anemone look.
I used some awesome O-beads that I had picked up in Texas last year – they are sparkly and AB/mirror like – perfect for under water!
Right now I’m not sure what it wants to be so I’m going to leave it like this for a while. I was thinking either necklace or pin – but maybe it wants to be part of some kind of sea piece wall art? Not sure yet.
Please check out what everyone else made, and thanks to Lesley for providing such great inspiration!