November AJE Component of the Month – Caroline Dewison

This month’s component of the month is exciting – it’s a lichen cabochon or pendant by Caroline Dewison of Blueberri Beads!  Here’s what she made for us!

I chose a blue cabochon – I got the one on the bottom right!  As usual, I didn’t take work in progress photos, which I really like to do on these projects, but here’s what I made!

I was excited to receive this because I was attending the Bead My Love retreat in Delaware before this CoM was due, so I thought I’d get some great ideas there!  I really wanted to make this elaborate beaded cuff, but just don’t possess the skills or patience or space to do it right now, but someday I will make one.  So for now, I made a beaded bezel, and used some of my new skills to add more rows to it.

I added a stop-bead row of purplish-gray size 8 beads to the outside of the peyote bezel, and then did a brick stitch row of beads in that pretty blue.  I also added a row of blue beads between the peyote bezel and the stop-bead row, to fill in the gap.

This is the back, not perfect but pretty darn good!

I added a picot row at the end, and three loops – I haven’t decided how I’m going to do the strap yet, so it’s still kind of a work in progress.  I ended up with an odd number of beads in the brick stitch row when I was putting the picot row on, and was momentarily stumped and upset.  But I figured out that I should do an odd number of loops for the strap, and all was well with the world again!

I’m really excited about this piece I made with Caroline’s gorgeous cabochon, I’ll let you know what I finish it with.  To see what everyone else made, please visit the blogs below!

Guests

Nicole Prince – http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/2015/11/art-jewelry-elements-component-of-month.html

Kathy Lindemer  – http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
AJE Team

Diana Ptaszynski – http://vintagebluestudio.typepad.com/vintage_blue_studio/2015/11/november-com-reveal.html

Lesley Watt – http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/aje-component-of-month-november-reveal.html
Niky Sayers – http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog/november_component_month_im_lichenit
Susan Kennedy – http://suebeads.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/november-aje-component-of-month.html
Lindsay Starr – http://phantasmcreation.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/art-jewelry-elements-component-of-month.html
Jennifer Stout Cameron – http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog
Kristen Stevens – http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.co.uk
Linda Landig – https://lindalandig.wordpress.com
Caroline Dewison – http://blueberribeads.co.uk/archives/4604

Beading Back in Time Blog Hop!

I’m part of a new group, Beading Back in Time, and today is the reveal for our blog hop challenge!  This quarter, our challenge was Pre-Human.  Make something from or with something that applies to the pre-human period in Earth’s history!

Here’s what I made.  I used one of my own Ammmonite Lampwork cabochons as the base.  I chose colors that I felt went well with the focal.

 I did a beading around a cabochon bezel and learned how to do a picot edge!  I was quite happy with myself!

 The spiral rope is made with matching beads, the clasp is bronze by Saki Silver.  I did a simple loop bail to attach the ammonite cab to the spiral rope.

Check out what the other members of Beading Back in Time made for this quarter’s challenge!

W(s)IP

Works in Progress…do you have them?  I rarely do.  I rarely make jewelry anymore, and when I do it’s usually one at a time, and there are no works in progress.  But lately (and I mean since before Bead Fest) I haven’t felt too creative on the bead-making front.  And now that I’ve had a little time over the holidays, I decided to get my creative juices flowing in a different way.  I have really become interested in all things bead weaving and seed beads, so I’m working on some little projects right now.  My CoM from December was this little spiral rope number:

I had tried to work on a Russian spiral, but with the white, it was too hard to learn.  So I did just a regular spiral rope.

I also made this spiral rope for this focal I made that I absolutely LOVE (it’s really hard to photograph the colors in these seed beads, but they are awesomely rainbow):

And this one is actually for reveal later, but I’m still showing it, cuz I loves it! I learned to do a picot edge here.  And I’m really into these brass toggles by Saki Silver.

Here are some other things I am working on right now, and I
always get stuck having to order more beads because unbelievably, my
seed bead stash is quite small compared to other people I know!
This one is going to be for my mom.  I will attempt Russian spiral
but will probably go back to simple spiral on this one, since I’m not
using three different color combos.  The sweet pendant is by Mary Welsh
Hubbard (White Clover Kiln).

And this great tree man cabochon is by Jenny Davies-Reazor.  I picked very autumnal, contrasting colors to use on this one. I still don’t have the design in my head right now, just the colors I want to use.

Another gorgeous cabochon by White Clover Kiln.  I love the colorway on this. I am waiting on size 8 beads to go around the outside.  And I may actually add some other things as well – it’s to be written!

 My grandfather passed away last week, and he lived in Florida.  It was a dismal time here for weather, so Florida and my grandfather got me thinking color, so I started working on this one.

I did a small picot edge on it, as well.  But now I wish I had added more beads and more color to the outer edge of the piece.  I’m going to make a spiral rope with all the colors of the beads used, so I made a sample piece (with different colors because yes, I’m waiting on beads for this too!) to see how it would look.  I think with the colors I’m going to use, it’s going to look awesome!

I also had this great idea for a polymer buddha pendant I have from Barbara Bechtel, and guess what?  I’m waiting on brass chain for it too.  Hopefully today is the lucky mail day for me! I’ll be wearing them together, and probably add a third necklace with just a plain charm on it. 

So how many W(s)IP do you have?  This is a record for me, I believe!  Thanks for stopping by!