Art Elements Theme Challenge – Amulet Bags

I had all kinds of high hopes to get some amulet bags done for this post, but I scheduled a trip away and there’s just not enough time.  Cathy chose Amulet Bags as the theme and I know that all my teammates are going to have some amazing things to show.

So here’s mine.  It’s a Native American pattern, not sewn up yet.  I had purchased a pattern and kit but as of the day I left for my trip, the beads and kit weren’t even mailed so, so much for that.

 Starting the loom with size 11 beads is extremely hard, at least for me.

 I finally got it going.

 The last row is also very hard…but I got it done (after about 10 times relooming the last row because of missing the warps).

And here it is.  I will sew it up into a very small amulet bag, add fringe, and it will be an appropriate size to wear as a necklace.  I do like it, looming 11s is hard but satisfying.  Check out what everyone else made!

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Art Elements Component of the Month – Jenny Davies-Reazor

Appropriately, Jenny provided us with kintsugi hearts for the Art Elements February Component of the Month.

But not just any hearts – broken hearts, stitched up.  You may know that kintsugi is the japanese term for repairing broken things, in some cases pottery with gold.  That’s what these hearts stand for! I chose one of the olive green hearts, mostly because that’s my favorite color. And yes, as usual, I did not take a photo of mine before I started working on it!

Here’s a close-up of my heart:

 I made a beaded bezel with some awesome metallic earth delicas I picked up on my trip to Houston in Fall, 2016.  Then I used some great old gold size 15s, and finally finished the bezel with bronze gold 8s and galvanized gold 15s that match the gold foil perfectly.

I used an awesome gold heart charm from Cathy Daly that I purchased in her etsy store to finish the bezel.

And here’s a photo of it finished and hanging on a thin black cord.  I could also put it on a gold chain, as well.  I’ll probably do that as I think it will look better.  Thanks for stopping by.  Thanks to Jenny for the awesome hearts!

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Art Elements Component of the Month with Lindsay Starr!

It’s time for the January Component of the Month and this time, Lindsay Starr send us leather cabochons!  As usual I did not take a photo of mine before I started working, but this photo is from her post over at Art Elements!

In her post, she explains the elaborate process she went through to make these cabochons.  I chose one that, to me, evoked the sea and jellyfish!  Here’s my finished project.

Lindsay had sent along some extra coordinating components, and one of them was this tassle.  While I was originally going to make the jellyfish tentacles with beads, I decided that this tassle was actually a really good choice!

 I stitched the bezel using a really pretty delica bead that picked up the colors of the cabochon, and used the small size 15 beads to pick up the most subtle shade on the cab.

I was going to add some beads to the tassle, but didn’t do that yet.  I’m going to ponder it a bit first.  As for now, this is going to make a great ornament!  Check out what everyone else made, and thank you Lindsay for your imagination and providing this awesome CoM to work with!

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Art Elements November Component of the Month with Kristie Roeder

And it’s time for another Component of the Month with Art Elements.  This month we had a guest contributor – Kristie Roeder of Artisan Clay.  Even though I didn’t get chosen to use one of the components she gave away, I had one in my stash that I had recently reclaimed from an unsold necklace, so I decided to play along!

As usual, I did not take a photo of the piece before I used it.  But really, did you expect me to?

I really enjoy the zen I get from bead weaving, so I decided that’s what I was going to do with this ceramic ring.  However, the hole in the middle presented a dilemma to me.  I had seen Jennifer Cameron made a piece and filled in the hole with a perfectly sized czech bead; however, I didn’t have any.  I did, however, have this lucite flower bead, and I used a small czech flower in the middle, and a size 15 cobalt bead to hold it all in place! 

I have these awesome black necklace blanks so I decided to make the loops to simply string on one of them.  I have to get better at my loops – not sure what happened to those skills, they must have left my brain!

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