AJE Component of the Month – My Turn – Beaded Beads!

It was my turn to provide the Component of the Month over at Art Jewelry Elements this month.  I chose to make beaded beads for everyone.

I got the tutorial from Datz Katz over on etsy – Debra Schwartz has many tutorials for beaded goodies if you want to visit her store!

Here’s what I made from several pairs of my beaded beads!

Of course, there are other things you can do with pairs of beaded beads besides making earraings, but I really love making earrings so….

Please check out what everyone else made with their beaded beads!

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AJE Component of the Month – Melissa Meman

It’s that time again – time for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month challenge. This time, it was Melissa Meman who provided us with some morsels to play with!  She makes awesome copper clay components.  This is the one I chose.

I knew I wanted to do bead weaving (again!!!) and I picked some awesome colors to go along with the copper – peacock blue and wisteria.

I did a spiral rope with size 8 peacock color beads and size 11 wisteria. I have to say, I don’t like this method of using 3 8s as the base and 4 11s as the spiral – it’s too loose for me.  I will write about this for my Tuesday post on AJE. 

I used some beautiful angelite faceted rounds I had as an accent to the necklace, with about an inch of spiral rope in between the trio of beads.  The color of this angelite is really amazing! 

As I was toggle clasp deficient, I decided to make some.  I punched 22 gauge copper sheet with my disc cutter, cut a hole in it, textured it, dapped it, filed the rough edges with sandpaper, antiqued it with LOS, and finally tumbled it for a couple of hours.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I used some 12 gauge FREE electrical scrap wire for the toggle part!  I hammered the ends to make them flat, and they turned out awesome as well!

I made a connector with copper wire, copper heishes and an angelite faceted bead.  I don’t like the way it lays, so I ordered a bail.  It hasn’t arrived yet, but when it does, I’ll use the bail to hang the pendant. 

And this is the final product!  I like it, love the colors.  I hope you like it too!  Please check out what everyone else made, including our guests, by visiting their blogs!

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January Component of the Month – Use Your Stash!

For the January Component of the Month Challenge at Art Jewelry Elements, we decided to do a “use your stash” challenge.  Use pieces you have from other AJE Team Members.  The guests were each chosen and sent a piece from one of the AJE Team Members to make something with as well.

Here are my pieces for this month!

 I made these earrings from heart charms I had from Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  I put the copper floral charms together with gorgeous pearls and gold filled ear wires – the gold filled ear wires don’t seem to bother my ears like other metals do.

 These cute pink earrings were made from Diana Ptaszynski’s flower charms – I made these for my mom – her favorite color is pink.

 These earrings were made from charms by Linda Landig!  I got these at Bead Fest in August!

 And these earrings, which are my new favorites, are with silver metal clay beads by Melissa Meman.  The photo below shows the detail on the beads!

I made these with cute brass spacer beads I bought at Andrew Thornton’s store, and copper rounds.  Again, gold filled ear wires so I can wear them and not be bothered by the metal!


 This bead inspired the next piece!  Yes, this bead!  To me, it looks like porcelain.  I made it on a base of ivory glass and with some special reactive glass powder I have.  The blue and brown went perfectly with Jenny Davies-Reazor’s goddess focal.

 The gemstones are called khaki quartz I purchased from norah on etsy.  I used 26 gauge art wire in a brown color. The 26 gauge wire was hard to work with, but the holes in the gemstones were very small.

 And finally, I made this spiral rope to go with a gorgeous beach hut focal pendant from Lesley Watt.  The clasp is bronze from Saki Silver. 

Take a look at what all the other AJE Team Members and our guests made with month by visiting the links below!


December CoM with Diana Ptaszynski

The December Component of the Month challenge was provided by Diana Ptaszynski – snowflake pendants, how appropriate.  Although here in Pittsburgh, I think we had .10 inches of snow in December…so much for a horrible winter!  I chose this white pendant, and as usual, didn’t photograph it before I started working on it.  In my defense, I knew right away what I wanted to do, so…

 I made a spiral rope with two colors of white seed beads!  I was so excited to do this.  I had a false start, in that I wanted to do it with size 8’s and 15’s, but it just wasn’t really working, plus I was trying to do Russian Spiral, which is beyond me at this point.  So I made a simple spiral with size 11 seed beads and I’m still happy!

 I used this toggle clasp that I just purchased from Lesley Watt, and it went perfectly!

 Here’s a closeup of the spiral rope and the two colors of beads. 

I hope you enjoyed the CoM reveal this month!  Check out what everyone else made!

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AJE Component of the Month with Kristen Stevens

Once again, it’s time for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month challenge!  This month, Kristen Stevens provided us with woven beaded rings!  I had some black ones that I wanted to work with.

 I had a few ideas – I was going to make earrings with my glass headpins; I was going to use one of my black metallic steampunk hearts and make a necklace.  But life really got in the way this month for me.  I had a water disaster in my house while gutting and redoing a bathroom, and am dealing with lots of work in the house at this point!

 I had purchased these awesome fox pendants from Summer Wind on etsy to make something for my boyfriend, and so I decided to make him some ornaments (they were going to be a secret, but probably not anymore!).

 Sadly, as I was trying to ream out the hole a little to fit a jump ring in, I broke this one.  It’s so cute too.  Luckily she has more for sale so I have ordered one and I’ll make him the second ornament when it arrives.

I’m really happy with the way this one turned out!  The accent beads on the other one will be little red czech beads.  I love using my art beads to make ornaments this time of year!

Thanks for looking and please check out what everyone else made with Kristen’s rings!

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AJE Component of the Month with Karen Totten!

This month, it was Karen Totten’s turn to provide the component of the month to the AJE Bloggers and their guests.  She makes amazingly meaningful ceramic components – you can find her shop here!  Here’s what Karen made for us to enjoy.

As usual, I did not photograph the component I chose. It’s the yellow and brown one in the lower left/center of the photo.

I knew what I wanted to make right when I got it.  So I asked team member Jenny Davies-Reazor if she had any face cabs left, and she did!

I used a tutorial I had purchased on etsy by Beverly Herman for “Queen Wanna Bead”.  This challenge proved to be a little bit difficult for me. I think that, for this pattern, you really have to use what Beverly tells you to use for the base – I used ultrasuede because that’s the only thing I’ve ever used when I bezel a cab.  But you really need stiffer material because this is a larger, busy piece.  I am going to try it again, and use the right materials, but I’m glad I did it. I’ll be using this piece as an ornament on my tree this year. 

Please check out what everyone else made by visiting their blogs, or the AJE blog!  Thanks for stopping by!

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September Component of the Month – Kristi Bowman-Gruel

Yep, gonna say it again…it’s time for the AJE Component of the Month already!  The month of September’s component was provided by Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  You can find her gorgeous copper and polymer creations here in her etsy store.  Since Linda was coming to Bead Fest again this year, she brought Kristi’s components for many of us to choose, and I chose this one:

 The first thing that came to my mind was silk ribbon.  I checked on etsy and found Jamn Glass and purchased these exact silk ribbons. 

 Photo by Jamn Glass
Unfortunately, I haven’t received the ribbons yet so I haven’t been able to finish my CoM.  However, I thought I would do a work-in-progress post and you can at least see my process until the silks arrive.
The first idea I came up with is this one, and this is the one I am actually going with.  As you can see, I drew my design in a notebook that I received from Jenny Davies-Reazor – I love the notebook, and I love that she encouraged me to draw – I have been doing this with bead designs as well and it really helps!

 You can see I was going to use the silk ribbon, a lentil shaped bead of mine, two large-hole spacers and some knots. This is the bead I am going to use – I think it matches the colors of the silks well, but I will see when I actually get them if I am right!

When the silks didn’t arrive, I decided to try and come up with some other ideas. This next idea was going to use wire wrapping, either in annealed steel or patinaed copper.  However, when I set out the beads I was going to use, I felt the colors were too dark and wouldn’t bring out my focal. 


 These are the beads I was going to use; while they are awesome, I felt the beads needed to be brighter and I just don’t have the right mix.

  My last design used a pendant that would hang from a bail on the silks.  I used annealed steel to make the pendant.  When I actally made it, I found that the pendant would not stay centered when wearing it, and it just wasn’t pretty enough or did much for the focal.  I took it apart and decided to wait for the silks.

So, when I get finished, I’ll be sure and post the final design.  In the meantime, please head over to Art Jewelry Elements to see what the team members and our guests made with Kristi’s pretty pendants. 

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AJE Component of the Month – August – Rebekah Payne

This month’s AJE Component of the Month challenge was from Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  She makes awesome polymer clay beads, but recently she has been making hand painted leather feathers.  For this month’s challenge, we could choose either a single larger feather, or a pair of smaller ones.  I chose the smaller blue pair.

I wanted to make some bicone beads to match these feathers, but as soon as I got back from Bead Fest I started working my other job again, and quite honestly have not wanted to even look at my torch right now.  I had these pretty round swirl beads that matched perfectly, so I went with them!

I knew I was going to make earrings, and wanted to figure out a wire wrap, instead of punching a hole in the feather.  It took me a few tries, but this is what I came up with.  If this is a technique that’s already out there, please just bear with me!   Here’s what I came up with:

I folded over the tip of the feather, and made a wrapped loop.  Here’s how I did it.  First, I took about a 7″ piece of 20 gauge copper wire, and bent it in half.

 I formed a loop, and kept both ends of the wire horizontal.

 I then inserted the tip of the feather into the loop, and folded it over.  I held it in place with my chain nose pliers.

 I began wrapping one end of the wire around the front of the feather.  I wrapped it several times.

 When I was comfortable with the number of wraps, I cut the excess wire off in the back and used the chain nose pliers to push the end down so it would lie flat and out of the way.

 Then I took the other end and did the same thing – please excuse the gnarly wire – I had to unwrap at one point, and that’s why it looks this way!

 When I was done wrapping, I cut the wire in the back the same way and made sure the wire held tight by gently tugging on it.  After that, I just make my lampwork bead dangle by starting a wrapped loop, inserting the feather segment and finishing the wrapped loop.  Then I added a copper wavy chip bead (don’t know what to call these!) my lampwork bead, another chip bead and made a wrapped loop at the top. Add ear wire and you’re done!

Please check out what everyone else made with Rebekah’s feathers by following these links!

Guest Artists
Karin Grosset Grange – http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.com/
Ann Schroeder – http://beadlove.wordpress.com/
 
The AJE Team
Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson – http://francescawatson.com/
 

AJE July Component of the Month – Francesca Watson

Today is the day for another reveal for the AJE Component of the Month!  This month, Francesca Watson provided us with her wonderful dichroic glass cabochons.  She gave us the choice of having them in cabochon form, or drilled.  Here are the very tempting choices she gave us!

I chose the blue cabochon on to top second to the right.  I decided to keep mine a cabochon. 

 It is really hard to photogragh all the gorgeous dichroic colors that are in this cabochon.  My first idea was for me to do a beaded bezel with it.  Between visiting my 92 year old grandfather in Florida for a week, and a quick little getaway to Baltimore with my boyfriend, and Bead Fest prep, it just did not happen.

My second idea, then, was put a bail on this cab, and do a beaded necklace.  Not too fancy, just a wire wrapped one with my own lampwork beads as accents.  That did not happen either.  I wasn’t at all happy with that idea, and just about gave up.  It just wasn’t going to do the cab justice.

 Finally I got the brainstorm to do a kumihimo necklace and I am very very happy I did!  I think it matches the cab really well and doesn’t take away from it either. 

Nothing like last minute for me!  Thank you, Francesca, for providing us with the beautiful glass cabs and also for your patience in waiting for me to get this done!!!!  Please check out what our guests and other members made with Francesca’s cabs too!

Guest Designers

Deb Fortin – www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Toltec Jewels – www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Carol Briody – cbriody.blogspot.com


The AJE Team
Caroline Dewison – blueberribeads.blogspot.co.uk
Susan Kennedy – www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Melissa Meman – melissameman.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson – OUR HOST – www.francescawatson.com

AJE Compoment of the Month Reveal – MOI!!!

Over at Art Jewelry Elements, we have a monthly challenge called Component of the Month.  This month it was my turn to provide the component!  You had your choice of either a trio of chicklet beads, or a pressed cabochon.  Most took chicklets, but some picked cabs.

Here’s what I made with a trio I made for myself!  I had to hold back showing it for Diana’s waxed linen cord blog hop!

I used a trio of pressed flower beads I made for myself, and indonesian glass seed beads in matching colors!  I used a really pretty butterscotch waxed linen cord, thai silver bead caps and a pretty flower shank button as the closure!  I love using waxed linen and will be making more designs, hopefully for sale at Bead Fest!

Please join in the hop to see what everyone else made with my beads!

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