Art Elements Component of the Month with Jennifer Cameron

You may have noticed that we changed our name and look over at Art Jewelry Elements – we are now Art Elements.  Read all about it!

Also it’s time for the October Component of the Month – this month, Jennifer Cameron provided us with these cute sugar skulls! I managed to take a photo of mine this time, before I made my necklace!

I love the colors she used, and wanted to make a colorful necklace as well! Here’s what I made, using seed beads and czech flowers!  I think it’s fun!

I was so happy to be able to use these czech flowers, as I am currently obsessed with them. I went to Prague this summer but was not able to find any czech beads for purchase!

Thanks to Jen for the sugar skull inspiration!  Check out what everyone else made!

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AJE Theme Challenge – Trees

I really didn’t have a lot of creative time this month as I had a bunch of concrete work done at my house and, I don’t know about you, but I can’t get a thing done when people are working at my house.  The noise and dust really precluded me from making beads as it wrecked my concentration.  So I wasn’t going to have anything for this month’s challenge until I remembered this morning I made a tree bead in the JC Herrell class I took two summers ago!  So here it is!

I do have ideas for making more tree beads but so far, haven’t done it.  I’m late to the party!

Here are the other participants please take a look at what they created!  It was a fun challenge for many people!

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Art Jewelry Elements August Headpin Design Challenge

It’s the end of August, which means it’s time for another Art Jewelry Elements challenge!  This month it was a headpin design challenge, and I am ALL OVER IT!  I have a few headpin tutorials over at the Art Jewelry Elements blog:

Flower Disc Bead Earrings

Flower Headpin Earrings

Earring Stacks with Headpins

And then I made all of these other earrings with my headpins!

These earrings used pretty filigree copper bead caps with czech beads and a size 8 seed bead.

These earrings used a gorgeous brass bead cap with a titanium hematite rondelle and a size 8 seed bead in a complementary color.

These beach inspired earrings used an ammonite headpin with titanium hematite spacers, and a gorgeous coppered aqua pumpkin bead, an indonesian bead, a wood bead, and a size 11 seed bead to capture all of the elements of the beach!

And these earrings, which are also beach themed, using an ammonite headpin, titanium hematite spacer beads, czech faceted rondelles and a titanium hematite round.

I was also inspired by these pretty enameled beads that I have been making to turn them into headpins as well!

And I made even more!

And yes, I was so excited by this topic I made beach headpins too! These headpins are not perfectly shaped, on purpose; I wanted a little character with these headpins!

So, as you can see, I really enjoyed the challenge this month!  Please check out what everyone else who participated made by visiting their links!  Thanks for stopping by!  Oh, and you can find my headpins in my SueBeads etsy store!

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July Component of the Month AJE Challenge – Lesley Watt

Aaaaand another month has gone by, and it’s time for the July Component of the Month challenge.  This month, Lesley Watt provided us with these awesome summery ammonite pendants to work with!  You can get some great ammonite items and more in her Thea Elements shop on etsy.

The one I chose is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the photo – the olive green colored one!  I had a really hard time with this one, probably because I admire Lesley and her art and the jewelry she makes so much that I wanted to do this pendant justice.  I went through many iterations of a design, including trying to use Lesley’s tutorial that she posted here. I ordered a bunch of beads I thought would match, I had s-lon cord that was great, and I ordered the chain you’ll see below as well.  But it just wasn’t working for me, so I got out my beads and started trying to come up with another design.

I really wanted to use the fossil coral I had, but it just wasn’t working.  Then I found my red creek jasper beads and felt that they went really well.  They pick up the ever-so-slight reddish tint under the green, and the colors in and around the ammonite.

I got to work, and made this – not happy with it at all.

I hated how it looked with the chain, and the crimp beads showing the way they were.  I decided I needed to string the whole piece, not string it in two sections.  So then I made this.

I liked it a lot, but the tube beads were too thin and I strung it too tight.  So I took it apart (again…) and made this:

Aaaaand I think I’m finally happy with it.  I wish I had these large tube beads (titanium hematite) in a slightly darker color but this size, but they do pick up the colors in the red creek jasper, so I think I’m good now!!!!  Tell me, do you made and unmake and remake the way I did?  I’m not the only one?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I made!  Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the blog links below!

AJE Component of the Month – Baby Cabochons

It was my turn for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month and I made baby cabochons.  Unfortunately, even though I was the host, I wasn’t able to complete my project.  But I thought I’d show you what I started, anyways.

This was my original design – making a paisley design with the cabs as the focus.  I drew my design out first, and the outside edge would be picot off of size 8 beads with a size 15 stop bead.

Here’s how far I got – I still have pretty far to go.  I feel pretty bad that even though it was my own CoM I didn’t finish, but this is a crazy month so I guess I’ll give myself a break.

I hope you visit everyone else to see what they made!

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April AJE Component of the Month – Jenny Davies-Reazor

This month, Jenny Davies-Reazor provided us with amulets for the Component of the Month Challenge!  Yep, forgot to take a photo of the one I got before I used it, but here’s what she made!

Here’s the one I received.  Notice the bottom of the amulet – so awesome!

I chose the stone Angelite to go with the amulet I received.  I’ve always been attracted to this stone and have a small hoard of it.  Little did I know that Angelite really speaks to me!  Here’s why:

Angelite is associated with the Throat Chakra.  It so happens that I am a thyroid cancer survivor.  Angelite is also a stone for creative people!  Angelite helps the wearer raise conscious awareness and promotes peace.  You can see more about Angelite on Caryl Haxwoth’s page – very interesting!

So here’s what I made.  I chose to keep it simple on purpose.  I was going to try and fashion some sort of “lid” for the amulet out of a silver disc, or go to Michaels and get a cork, but chose to leave it open.  I used simple silver chain, as well, because I just think the amulet and the angelite are pretty good the way they are!

I hope you enjoyed my necklace!  Stop by and see what everyone else made with one of Jenny’s Amulets!

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Lindsay

AJE Component of the Month – EYE Theme – with Lindsay Starr

As another month rolls around, so does the AJE Component of the Month challenge – this month was a theme challenge and Lindsay Starr is our host – theme is EYE. 

I hope you go back and read Lindsay’s original post, as it is very interesting.  I won’t rehash what she already elegantly explained about the symbology of the eye.  I’ll just get on with my post!  Incidentally, Michael’s happened to have TONS of eye-themed components this month!  Lindsay must be right on trend!  Here are some photos I took!

I also wanted to show you the little tiny evil eye charm I picked up in Greece about 10 years ago – I was going to use it in this project, but just couldn’t bring myself to use it up!  Then I wouldn’t really be able to hold it and fondle it lol! I also meant to make some lampwork evil eyes, and may still, but didn’t really get the chance to do that!

For my project, Kristie Roeder, a ceramist, was offering some great evil eye cabochons in the Ceramic Art Bead Market group on Facebook.  I failed to win the auction, but she made me one to order!  Here is her photo, because as usual I forgot to take one!

I’m not finished with my design, because for some reason March is shorter than usual (not really, I just lost a week somewhere!).  But here’s where I am!

My plan is to make a strap to turn this into a necklace!  I was pleased at how my first-ever foray into fringe turned out – it’s harder to do than it looks!  Also, I have to apologize for these last two photos since I took them at 10pm in the evening with horrible light!  I hope you enjoyed my creation, and I do hope you re-read Lindsay’s original post – it’s really quite enlEYEtening!  Thanks for stopping by!  Please see what everyone else made!

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Art Jewelry Elements January Component of the Month – Use Your Stash

This month, Jenny Davies-Reazor is the host of the January AJE Component of the Month – the theme is use your stash.  I had high hopes of getting a lot done, but between work and other life stuff, I only was able to complete one piece.  Here it is!

It’s actually not completed yet because I need to make a strap for it.  But it’s almost done!  I used one of  Jenny’s pendant pieces and bezeled it with pretty purple delicas and red seed beads.  Then I added the czech flowers, with a stop bead, and the row of 8s with a stop bead as well.  Finally, I finished the edge with a picot edging.  I like it a lot. I wish I had time to complete more pieces, but I’m glad I at least got one done!

Please visit with everyone else and see what they made!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Guests: 
Melissa – Bead Recipes
Tammy – Paisley  Lizard
Sarajo – SJ Designs
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Lola – Bead Lola Bead
Samantha – Wescott Jewelry
Mona – Bijoux Gem

AJE Component of the Month – Linda Landig

Not even gonna say it – here we go with Linda’s Component of the Month!  Linda is really getting into the clay and she made these awesome fall pendants. You can find her shop here.

I chose the ochre one with the red leaf because I love those colors together!  I had many ideas but after I took Heather Powers’ class at Allegory Gallery, I knew I had to make some small oak leaves!  You’ll get to see an overview of the class on October 5 over at AJE.

Here are my leaves roughly cut out. Yep, rough!  But they do get better.  You can see their progression here!

This final photo is after they were filed, textured, filed, antiqued, and finally tumbled for a few hours.

How I’m going to use them.  But what beads?  I knew I had to wire wrap at least part of it, because of the leaves, so I went to my bin of beads and found these – they go perfectly!

I’m assuming they really meant they were ruby zoisite.  And I know they didn’t cost that much either, so don’t worry!

And here’s my final necklace!  I’m pretty pleased.  It may look better with more varied beads, but for right now, I’m keeping it.  Unless you want it!

Please check out what everyone else made, and thank you Linda, for the great fall pendant!!!!


AJE Component of the Month – Diana Ptaszynski

August just flew by, didn’t it?  In addition to moving my daughter into a new apartment for college and painting it and generally trying to make it not a slum anymore lol, I took an intensive class at the Glass Center with JC Herrell, took a trip to Scotland with my family, moved Jason’s kids into their dorms at IUP and had a Facebook trunk show on Glass Melters Open Market!   AND it’s time for the August Component of the Month with Diana Ptaszynski.

 As usual, I didn’t take a photo of the component when I got it, but it was this awesome stoneware coin pendant.  My idea didn’t some to fruition (I think I say that a lot); I was going to use one of the bails pictured below, that I found at  Lima Beads.  While they are lovely, the color just didn’t go with the focal or my idea.

 Fast forward panic – what to do?  I really hate gluing bails on pieces of art, but decided in this case if I wanted to get anything done, I would need to go with the flow.  So I found one of these bails in my pile-o-stuff and glued it to Diana’s gorgeous pendant.

 I was initially going to make a multi-strand necklace, but it just didn’t work out that way.  I think if I redid this, I would use size 6 turquoise beads and size 8 bronze beads, just to get the sizing better.  But I do like the necklace!

The colors of seed beads go perfectly!  Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the blogs in this list below!  Thank you to Diana for providing this months beautiful component! And thanks for stopping by!

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