AJE Component of the Month – Melissa Meman

It’s that time again – time for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month challenge. This time, it was Melissa Meman who provided us with some morsels to play with!  She makes awesome copper clay components.  This is the one I chose.

I knew I wanted to do bead weaving (again!!!) and I picked some awesome colors to go along with the copper – peacock blue and wisteria.

I did a spiral rope with size 8 peacock color beads and size 11 wisteria. I have to say, I don’t like this method of using 3 8s as the base and 4 11s as the spiral – it’s too loose for me.  I will write about this for my Tuesday post on AJE. 

I used some beautiful angelite faceted rounds I had as an accent to the necklace, with about an inch of spiral rope in between the trio of beads.  The color of this angelite is really amazing! 

As I was toggle clasp deficient, I decided to make some.  I punched 22 gauge copper sheet with my disc cutter, cut a hole in it, textured it, dapped it, filed the rough edges with sandpaper, antiqued it with LOS, and finally tumbled it for a couple of hours.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I used some 12 gauge FREE electrical scrap wire for the toggle part!  I hammered the ends to make them flat, and they turned out awesome as well!

I made a connector with copper wire, copper heishes and an angelite faceted bead.  I don’t like the way it lays, so I ordered a bail.  It hasn’t arrived yet, but when it does, I’ll use the bail to hang the pendant. 

And this is the final product!  I like it, love the colors.  I hope you like it too!  Please check out what everyone else made, including our guests, by visiting their blogs!

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September Component of the Month – Kristi Bowman-Gruel

Yep, gonna say it again…it’s time for the AJE Component of the Month already!  The month of September’s component was provided by Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  You can find her gorgeous copper and polymer creations here in her etsy store.  Since Linda was coming to Bead Fest again this year, she brought Kristi’s components for many of us to choose, and I chose this one:

 The first thing that came to my mind was silk ribbon.  I checked on etsy and found Jamn Glass and purchased these exact silk ribbons. 

 Photo by Jamn Glass
Unfortunately, I haven’t received the ribbons yet so I haven’t been able to finish my CoM.  However, I thought I would do a work-in-progress post and you can at least see my process until the silks arrive.
The first idea I came up with is this one, and this is the one I am actually going with.  As you can see, I drew my design in a notebook that I received from Jenny Davies-Reazor – I love the notebook, and I love that she encouraged me to draw – I have been doing this with bead designs as well and it really helps!

 You can see I was going to use the silk ribbon, a lentil shaped bead of mine, two large-hole spacers and some knots. This is the bead I am going to use – I think it matches the colors of the silks well, but I will see when I actually get them if I am right!

When the silks didn’t arrive, I decided to try and come up with some other ideas. This next idea was going to use wire wrapping, either in annealed steel or patinaed copper.  However, when I set out the beads I was going to use, I felt the colors were too dark and wouldn’t bring out my focal. 


 These are the beads I was going to use; while they are awesome, I felt the beads needed to be brighter and I just don’t have the right mix.

  My last design used a pendant that would hang from a bail on the silks.  I used annealed steel to make the pendant.  When I actally made it, I found that the pendant would not stay centered when wearing it, and it just wasn’t pretty enough or did much for the focal.  I took it apart and decided to wait for the silks.

So, when I get finished, I’ll be sure and post the final design.  In the meantime, please head over to Art Jewelry Elements to see what the team members and our guests made with Kristi’s pretty pendants. 

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