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/

AJE
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/

AJE Component of the Month – Jennifer Stout Cameron!

Today is the reveal for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month!  This month, Jennifer Stout Cameron of Glass Addictions provided us with a pair of glass headpins she made! 

I’m afraid I wasn’t too imaginative, in that I made earrings from the pair.  While I wanted them to be dangles on something, like a bracelet, earrings just kept calling to me!  These are as close to mis-matched earrings as I will ever get!  The headpins came with a very long piece of copper and I cringed when I cut it – what if I dind’t like the earrings I made?  Well, too bad, Sue, you’ll have to live with it when you cut!  I feel like I need to add one more dangle to the earrings, and then I’ll be happy with them!

Please stop by Art Jewelry Elements blog to see what everyone else made with their wonderful headpins!  And thanks Jennifer for the amazingly wonderful headpins!

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!

AJE Component of the Month – Francesca Watson

This month the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month was made by Francesca Watson.  Francesca is a very sweet person who makes beautiful jewelry.  This month she made the enameled discs with silver accents for us to use in our creations!  I made a bracelet this time, this is not the first one I made either!  I had something in mind and it wasn’t coming out the way it was supposed to, so I put it down.  I let it percolate a little bit and finally the design happened!  I’m using ebony twisted wood beads and three of my own lampwork beads, separated by sweet little silver heishe spacers.  Stop over at AJE to see what everyone else made!