Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 5

I had to miss last week, Spirals, because I just didn’t have enough time.  But since I was chosen to pick the theme for this week, I made it!  The theme for this week was monochrome.  I had to check with art friends to make sure that just didn’t mean black and white.  It doesn’t! So my offering is this monochrome berry 2-drop peyote bracelet!

Tune in next week, for a new theme!

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 – Rebekah Payne

This month, it was Rebekah’s turn (Tree Wings Studio) to provide the Component of the Month!  I was excited about this because I almost immediately knew what I wanted to use with the bead I received. 

 I chose this olive green one with white and copper dots!  Look at the texture on the side of the bead – I really nee to know how she did this – it looks like stretched taffy! 

 I had purchased these chunky pearls at a bead show here in Pittsburgh a few months back, and I was so glad I did!  They go perfectly with the bead Rebekah sent me!  I also used two copper lantern beads I had left from a Bead Soup a while ago. 

 I did NOT, however, have the perfect clasp to go with it, and while I want to make one, I decided to look on etsy and see if I could purchase one.

I found this great toggle clasp from hummingbirdsupply on etsy and this it goes perfectly, with the dots on the clasp.  The only thing that might not work is if it’s too antiqued, which I can change, of course, or just go ahead and antique my copper beads.  Can’t wait to get it and finish this bracelet – it’s a keeper!

Please check out all the other participants in this month’s Component of the Month Challenge!


Guest Designers:
Ann – Bead Love
Melissa – Bead
Recipes
AJE Team:
Karen – Starry Road
Studio
Kristen – My Bead
Journey
Susan – Sue Beads
Rebekah – Tree Wings Studio
Caroline – BlueberriBeads

AJE Component of the Month with Jo Tinley!

It’s that time of month again already! It’s the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month!  This month, the lovely Jo Tinley, of Daisychain Designs, supplied us with one of her handmade copper hollow beads!  I chose one with flowers on it.  She showed how to make them on the Art Jewelry Elements blog and, let me tell you, it’s a lot of work!  I really love her work and I hope you visit her blog and shop!

I paired my bracelet with these gorgeous blue beads I picked up at a bead show in Monroeville a week or so ago.  I meant to show you photos on my blog of what I made, but seriously just cannot keep up at the moment!  These are faceted and such an amazing color, I’m sure they’re dyed but I still like them!

So this is the bracelet I made.  I love the blue color of the beads with the antiqued copper of Jo’s bead.  The only issue I have with this bracelet is that the clasp is too big.  I didn’t have ANY other clasps in antiqued copper and didn’t have time to make one, so I’ll be changing it out when I can. 

I hope you like my bracelet!  Please stop by Art Jewelry Elements Blog today to see what everyone else made with their Jo Tinley bead!

Something I Love

Do you get the Sundance Jewelry catalog? I do, and I love it! I save it for later, then when I have a minute, I sit down and go through it to see what they have that I covet! I don’t buy a lot of jewelry, because I can make it, but I never make anything for myself except earrings. I just love this bracelet. It’s called Heartbeat Bracelet; I love the coral, and I love the (what I’m guessing is) Hill Tribes heart that’s off center. I may just buy this for myself, for my birthday!

Great Minds (kind of) Think Alike!

I made this bracelet maybe 1 1/2 months ago – hoping to list it in the bellahannahjane store, but haven’t done so yet. Today, my internet friend Lorelei posted this bracelet, Coral Belle, in her etsy store – it’s beautiful! Although they aren’t exactly the same, the idea is the same which is why I say great minds think alike! Mine is made from twisted ebony wood beads, button pearls, a (faux) cinnabar focal and a clasp from Rocki!

Bracelet

I just made this bracelet (my daughter took the photo for me); the main piece I was designing around was an oval polymer clay asian-themed tab by Lynn Davis of expeditionD. I really love the things she makes – I have bought several pieces, including a heart that I can’t wait to make a necklace out of! The bracelet here was made with brass findings, and some wood beads, a vintage red plastic bead and some crazy lace agate. The little charm dangly was made from czech rondelles and a brass saucer bead. I really like how it turned out – it’s a little bit different for me, because I usually try to include some of my lampwork beads in anything I design! However, I think this one really works! You’ll have to click on the photo to see it bigger, I don’t know how to make it bigger on blogger here yet! Sorry!