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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AJE Component of the Month Reveal – Linda Landig

Another month has passed (my popular refrain) and it’s time for another Art Jewelry Elements Design Challenge Reveal!  This month, Linda Landig provided us with brand spankin’ new ceramics that she just started making!  How exciting – she’s really doing great things!  I chose this leaf pendant, and as usual, didn’t take a photo before I started working with it!

 I consider what I made as a work in progress because, in theory, I like my idea, but in practice, it didn’t turn out the way I wanted.  My idea was to use the waxed linen and wrap pearls in drops from knots as you can see. It’s much harder, at least for me, than I thought.  It’s very hard to get the drops to be the same on both sides of the pendant.  It was hard for me to work with the jump ring on the pendant as well.  I think the key is to do the pendant first, and work out.  I was working from the loop down, for the clasp.

 Here’s a photo of what I made, I’m not happy with it at all.  If anyone has some pointers, or knows a you tube video I can watch, I’d love the suggestions!

Check out what everyone else made!  Thanks Linda for a gorgeous pendant!

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April AJE Component of the Month Reveal!

Yet another month has passed us by, it’s time for the April Component of the Month Reveal over at Art Jewelry ElementsLesley Watt provided components for us for April – buttons, or clasps, however you wanted to use them!  The one I chose was right in the middle!

 As usual, I did not take a photo of the button before I actually used it, so here is a closeup! 

 I had a few idea in my head none of which really worked out.  I didn’t have the right color beads, I couldn’t find the right color glass to make beads, I didn’t have the right color waxed linen…on and on.  Finally, I went to Michael’s for a little visual stimulation.  While I was there, I picked up the citrine (???) chips and the bronze colored beads.

 I strung three strands of beads (I already had the seed beads at home, woo hoo!) and then braided them before I attached to the bronze clasp with the crimp beads.  The bronze clasp is kind of urchin-ey, so I felt it worked really well.  Plus, I’m really into bronze these days!

I really like how it turned out!  Here’s a list of everyone else who participated, check out what they  made with Lesley’s components.  And thanks very much Lesley, for a great challenge!

 

AJE Component of the Month – Melissa Meman

It’s already time for another Component of the Month and this month, it was Melissa Meman’s turn!  She sent us all copper enameled hearts, with various hole configurations.  This is the heart she sent me:

 I made a little wire-wrapped bail of antiqued copper wire (20 gauge) and a little dangle with a rose colored copper balled end headpin that I made – to get the rose color, you dip the headpin in water quickly after you ball it in your torch!

 I wanted to pull the colors in the frit (glass bits) on the heart so I searched my stash and found these wonderful faceted beads in the perfect colors!  I wire wrapped them all with copper wire I antiqued in liver of sulpher, and added small antiqued copper daisy beads as well.

 I needed a little green accent as well, and was happy I had these little rondelles. 

 The clasp was one I purchased at the same time I purchased the one for Rebekah’s CoM!  Glad I got an extra one – didn’t have enough time to think about fashioning one myself! 

I hope you like what I made!  Please visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog to see what everyone else made with their hearts!  And thanks Melissa!

AJE Component of the Month – Jenny Davies-Reazor

Over at AJE it’s reveal day for the June Component of the Month!  This month, the wonderfully talented Jenny Davies-Reazor provided us with a pair of components.  Yes, I made earrings!  Jenny makes the most wonderful ceramic goodies, and when she makes jewelry she pairs her components with gemstones!  I love gemstones – if I didn’t make lampwork beads, all of my jewelry would be made with gemstones!  As it was, I tried hard to make some beads to match Jenny’s charms.  Jenny and I have very complimenting beads and components sometimes, and I thought it would be good to show that off.  However, I just couldn’t get a good match and with the work schedule and tree disaster, I decided to go with gemstones!

The charms have an ever-so-subtle hint of brown on them, and so I chose faceted khaki quartz rondelles.

Jenny is very into myth and folklore, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about quartz.  The name means cross vein one, and has a lot of mythical meaning in Aboriginal culture.  It is also found in passage tomb cemetaries in Europe, most notably in Ireland.  It was used for stone and jewelry carving tools. 

I love Jenny’s work, you should check out her web site, she is an art teacher and is such an interesting person!  Also, visit the AJE Blog to see what everyone else made with their charms!

AJE Component of the Month Reveal!

This month was my turn to provide the Art Jewelry Elements blog followers and designers with the Component of the Month.  If you may recall, this is what we’re working with this month – my lampwork ruffle discs!

This turned into a very real challenge for me.  I may have mentioned I am working a lot lately, to help my boyfriend get this very large job finished up.  I have not worked outside of my home for quite a while, so it’s a challenge for me to get everything done and do the whole jewelry/bead gig as well.  I had other ideas, but they did not pan out.  I probably redid this bracelet 4 times, but here’s the final result!

I actually pilfered from another bracelet to finish this one.  I made it with freshwater pearls and turquoise tubes, with silver seed beads as accents.

I used the ruffle disc as the clasp, the back I somehow finagled to make work!  I’m sure there are some kind of tutorials out there to show how to make a clasp out of a one-hole bead, but couldn’t possibly take the time to look before I had to make this!  I still have too much to do!  If anyone knows of some tutorials, please post them in comments!

I hope you enjoyed my bracelet.  Here’s a list of the other participants – you can also check out the Art Jewelry Elements blog for a list as well!

Guest Bloggers

Lorelei Eurto   http://www.lorelei1141.blogspot.com/
Birgitta
Lejonklou   http://lejonklou.blogspot.com/
Heidi
Post   http://www.expostfactojewelry.blogspot.com/
Lola
Surwillo   http://beadlolabead.blogspot.com/
Kay
Thomerson   http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/

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Team

Jennifer Cameron  http://glassaddictions.com/
Jenny
Davies-Reazor   http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Susan
Kennedy   http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com/
Linda
Landig   http://www.lindasbeadblog.com/
Melissa
Meman    http://melissameman.blogspot.com/
Rebekah
Payne   http://www.treewingsstudio.com/
Jo
Tinley     http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com/
Lesley
Watt    http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com/

Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge – Reveal 10!

I can’t believe it’s already the end of May – time just goes too fast anymore!  Here’s my submissions for the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge for the past two week!

This first pair is made with my own enameled leaves and pretty blue czech glass and brass rounds.  Sterling earwires by me as well!

This second pair, I made for my mom for Mother’s Day!  My own lampwork beads, rhinestone rondelles, filigree bead caps and sterling earwires by me, as well.

Please hop on over to the Art Jewelry Elements blog to see what everyone else made for the Earring Challenge!

Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge – 17 & 18/52

First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!  Here are the earrings I made for the challenge, with my own enamel beads!

These were fun to make.  Please hop on over to Art Jewelry Elements to see which earrings I highlighted this week!