Rebirth of the Sun – December Art Jewelry Elements Theme Challenge

For December, Lesley Watt chose Rebirth of the Sun as the theme for our quarterly themed challenge over at AJE.

“The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning
point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at
their least. It’s also the start of the increase in the hours of
daylight, until the Summer solstice  when darkness becomes ascendant
once more.”

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk

I can honestly tell you that I very rarely set out to “intentionally” make something – I feel that my creativity was killed in school with the “art teachers” who wanted you to do “art” their way, and no other way was right.  I have always dabbled in creative undertakings, thus my glass bead business today.  But I am always searching for things to do with my hands, that feeling you get when you accomplish something all your own, learning something new, something that challenges you.

I recently decided that I was going to attend a bead retreat in Delaware (Bead My Love, wonderful people!) with fellow members Jenny and Diana, because, darn it, I deserved it!  My kit was as follows:

I had no conscious intentions of having something ready for the sun themed challenge – I was basically trying to go with the flow and with what my kit provided!  Below, you can see some steps I went through to get where I ended up!

What was going through my mind as I made this?  I was thinking, as I looked at the polymer clay face and bugle beads, and the flower beads I had brought with me, hmmmm, this kind of looks egyptian to me?  Or Inca?  Or Aztec?

 Egyptian Sun

Aztec Sun Dial

Incan Sun Shield

So, yes, Incan it was.  While of course I had that in the back of my head, it wasn’t with *true* intention that I set out to make an Incan Sun God or anything like that.  It was a whisper to me, something I had learned or seen a long time ago that came to my mind as I was able to sit uninterrupted and play with beads!

 So, thank you Lesley Watt, because with this challenge, I learned that although I do not consider myself to be a creative, and sometimes deeply struggle with the thought of giving this all up and just doing my day job, I can be creative!  I just need that time to sit, and to play, and to let things come to my conscious mind that have been locked away by over 50 years of stifling (for lack of a better word) systems.  Am I any kind of expert on Incan art?  NO!  In seed beading?  NO!  Heck, in making glass beads?  NO!!!!! But I actually had fun with this class, the people who were there, girl time, creative time, and maybe just maybe learned that there are things locked away that can influence my art! And maybe in some ways I do intentionally make something, I just don’t know it!

Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the links below!

  Guest Designers

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!

Guests
AJE Team

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!

AJE team: 


Guest Participants:

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!


Secret Santas at AJE!

Back in December, all of us at AJE got together and facilitated by Lesley Watt, did a Secret Santa exchange!  It was fun – we only knew who we were sending to (of course) but not who was sending to us!  My partner to send to was Jennifer Cameron!  Here’s what I sent her:

 I knew she liked the beaded beads because she traded with me at Bead Fest for beaded beads! 

 I also knew she liked the ornaments I made this year because she commented on a photo I shared – this is my ornament of the year for the Sally Russick Ornament Swap.

 I also wanted to send her a surprise so I made these earrings from a tutorial that I got from Around The Beading Table.

And these amazing earrings were what I received from Francesca Watson.  Even before I knew her at AJE, my boyfriend had purchased earrings from her etsy store for me (at my hint lol).  AND I actually won an amazing prong set necklace she had as a giveaway on her blog.  So I am no stranger to Francesca’s work.

I love the color of the stones and the bezel settings are perfect – of course!  You can find Francesca’s work here.

Thanks for stopping by!