AJE Component of the Month – Kristi Bowman-Gruel

Today is also the reveal day for the Component of the Month over at Art Jewelry Elements!  This month, Kristi Bowman Gruel provided us with gorgeous copper components.  You can get one in her etsy store!

I made beaded beads to go with the bracelet bar – this is is my new obsession!  They work up quickly and can be made in any color combination!  Originally I was going to make a necklace with it, but my idea required the holes to be more toward the top of the bar.  So, I made a bracelet instead! 

 Here’s my finished bracelet!  I really like it.  I used the seed beads to match the beaded beads.  I covered the crimp beads by the bracelet bar with the copper heishe beads, but couldn’t figure out how to do it with the crimp beads by the toggle – if anyone has a good idea, let me know! 

The only thing I’m not thrilled about is the toggle.  I had another one by Shannon of MissFickleMedia but couldn’t find it anywhere…

Please check out the AJE blog to see what everyone else made and thanks for stopping by!

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!