October Component of the Month – Niky Sayers

This month, it was Niky’s turn to provide the Component of the Month – she sent us these awesome hare coin clasps! She makes such awesome things! And yes, as usual, I didn’t take a photo of it before I used it.  I do that, I admit it.

I wanted to learn a new stitch, and thought flat chenille stitch would go perfectly with the size of this clasp.  I chose size 11 and 15 Japanese seeds in coordinating colors, colors I thought would look good with the brushed silver of the coin.  And then I learned flat chenille stitch.

To be honest, I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to actually figure it out.  It’s a pretty easy stitch,but for some reason, I was having trouble initially in turning over to the next row.  Once I got it, it went really quickly and it’s a pretty fun stitch, with quick results!

 Here’s the whole bracelet, very easy to wear as well!

I have another clasp of Niky’s from last years’ CoM, and I already have beads picked out to turn it into a flat chenille stitch bracelet!

Thanks so much to Niky for the awesome clasp, and check out what everyone else made!

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September Component of the Month – Zombee with Laney Mead

This month it was Laney’s turn to provide the Component of the Month, and she made these cute little Zombees!  I did not take a photo of mine before I made something, if I did you would probably drop dead at this point!

Here’s my little zombee creation all done up with a cool effect from PicMonkey.  Are you aware that you now have to pay for PicMonkey – a yearly subscription.  I paid my dues because I use this program a lot and don’t have time to learn another free one. 

 So here’s my creation – a bookmark.  Yep.  Lame.  I did not have a good enough idea until it was too late to do anything about it, and I wanted to make something, anything.  So I made this bookmark.  The zombee is trying to get the fall flowers. 

My real idea at this point is to make a glass cabochon that looks like a pumpkin, bead bezel it, and make it into a cute necklace, with the zombee being part of the strap – I was going to a strap in some sort of beading pattern, maybe chenille stitch.  And add some halloweeney beads along the chain.  The main program is I don’t even have any other halloweeney beads so, this might take a while!

Please check out what everyone else made!

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http://www.beadsforbusygals.com/ 
– Elisabeth Auld
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http://www.lesleywatt.com/ – Lesley
 Watt
http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog 
–  Jennifer Cameron
https://jdaviesreazor.com/blog/ 
– Jenny Davis-Reazor
http://blueberribeads.co.uk/ –
Caroline Dewison
 http://cmendola.blogspot.co.uk/
Cathy Spiey Mendola
 http://saraccino.blogspot.co.uk/ –
Claire Fabian
http://laneymead.co.uk/ – Laney Mead

August Component of the Month – Caroline Dewison!

AAAANNNDDD another month has gone by, and this time it was Caroline Dewison’s turn to provide the component for the Art Elements Design Challenge!  She sent these!

Beautiful celestial beads!  As usual, I did not take a photo of my set, but hey, you’ll see them below!  So drumroll….. here’s what I made!

I did another spiral stitch necklace, with Star Sapphire size 8 and 11 beads, and some gold plated hex beads (all found at Bead Fest because I remembered to bring the set Caroline sent me so I could match beads!!!!) Proud of me! The hex beads mimic the starts on the ceramic round perfectly!

I used a ball-and-socket clasp, I really like these when I make a spiral rope necklace, easy to apply and easy to use!

I’m not an “all matchy matchy” person but we did have these great round beads, and since I didn’t use them in the necklace, I decided to make a simple pair of earrings with them!  I like them, I like simple jewelry so there you have it!

Please visit everyone else’s blogs to see what they made! Thank you Caroline, for some great beads! I enjoyed this challenge!

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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!

Please check out what everyone else made with their Kristie Roeder creations!

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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!

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AJE Component of the Month with Karen Totten!

This month, it was Karen Totten’s turn to provide the component of the month to the AJE Bloggers and their guests.  She makes amazingly meaningful ceramic components – you can find her shop here!  Here’s what Karen made for us to enjoy.

As usual, I did not photograph the component I chose. It’s the yellow and brown one in the lower left/center of the photo.

I knew what I wanted to make right when I got it.  So I asked team member Jenny Davies-Reazor if she had any face cabs left, and she did!

I used a tutorial I had purchased on etsy by Beverly Herman for “Queen Wanna Bead”.  This challenge proved to be a little bit difficult for me. I think that, for this pattern, you really have to use what Beverly tells you to use for the base – I used ultrasuede because that’s the only thing I’ve ever used when I bezel a cab.  But you really need stiffer material because this is a larger, busy piece.  I am going to try it again, and use the right materials, but I’m glad I did it. I’ll be using this piece as an ornament on my tree this year. 

Please check out what everyone else made by visiting their blogs, or the AJE blog!  Thanks for stopping by!

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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 – Diana Ptaszynski

This month over at Art Jewelry Elements, it’s Diana’s turn to provide the Component of the Month!  She sent us these cute floral pendants, and I chose pink! 

The reason I chose pink is because she had a pink one available, AND because right now it’s my mom’s favorite color.  So I thought I’d make her a necklace.
 

Usually I like to include my own lampworked or enameled beads in anything I make, but I just couldn’t do it this time!  I am so busy getting ready for BeadFest (Booth 463!!!!) that I didn’t have time to make custom beads.  But I still like this design.  I used 22 gauge sterling wire, swarovski elements crystals, and candy jade in pink.  I think it looks really sweet and I hope she likes it!

Hop on over to Art Jewelry Elements blog to see who the guest designers were and what everyone made!