AJE Component of the Month – February – Diana Ptaszynski

It’s the end of February already, hard to believe.  Time for another Component of the Month challenge.  This month, Diana Ptaszynski made us components – it’s called a Phaedra! She did such an excellent job with this, as they are very fiddly to make!

And so I’m the loser this month because I didn’t have time to get mine ready.  I was away for a week from the middle of the month, and before that crazy busy with work.  Then, when I got home from my trip to St. Maarten, I got the stomach flu and was not able to complete my design.  I’m still posting today because I do have an idea.

I’m going to take my Phaedra and make it the centerpiece in between two pieces of chainmaille in the Byzantine pattern.  Here’s a photo of what the Byzantine pattern looks like:

I think the pattern will go well with Diana’s component.  So when I finish it, I will post back here with a photo!

Thanks for looking at my idea – please look and see what everyone else did!

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AJE Component of the Month – Diana Ptaszynski

August just flew by, didn’t it?  In addition to moving my daughter into a new apartment for college and painting it and generally trying to make it not a slum anymore lol, I took an intensive class at the Glass Center with JC Herrell, took a trip to Scotland with my family, moved Jason’s kids into their dorms at IUP and had a Facebook trunk show on Glass Melters Open Market!   AND it’s time for the August Component of the Month with Diana Ptaszynski.

 As usual, I didn’t take a photo of the component when I got it, but it was this awesome stoneware coin pendant.  My idea didn’t some to fruition (I think I say that a lot); I was going to use one of the bails pictured below, that I found at  Lima Beads.  While they are lovely, the color just didn’t go with the focal or my idea.

 Fast forward panic – what to do?  I really hate gluing bails on pieces of art, but decided in this case if I wanted to get anything done, I would need to go with the flow.  So I found one of these bails in my pile-o-stuff and glued it to Diana’s gorgeous pendant.

 I was initially going to make a multi-strand necklace, but it just didn’t work out that way.  I think if I redid this, I would use size 6 turquoise beads and size 8 bronze beads, just to get the sizing better.  But I do like the necklace!

The colors of seed beads go perfectly!  Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the blogs in this list below!  Thank you to Diana for providing this months beautiful component! And thanks for stopping by!

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January Component of the Month – Use Your Stash!

For the January Component of the Month Challenge at Art Jewelry Elements, we decided to do a “use your stash” challenge.  Use pieces you have from other AJE Team Members.  The guests were each chosen and sent a piece from one of the AJE Team Members to make something with as well.

Here are my pieces for this month!

 I made these earrings from heart charms I had from Kristi Bowman-Gruel.  I put the copper floral charms together with gorgeous pearls and gold filled ear wires – the gold filled ear wires don’t seem to bother my ears like other metals do.

 These cute pink earrings were made from Diana Ptaszynski’s flower charms – I made these for my mom – her favorite color is pink.

 These earrings were made from charms by Linda Landig!  I got these at Bead Fest in August!

 And these earrings, which are my new favorites, are with silver metal clay beads by Melissa Meman.  The photo below shows the detail on the beads!

I made these with cute brass spacer beads I bought at Andrew Thornton’s store, and copper rounds.  Again, gold filled ear wires so I can wear them and not be bothered by the metal!


 This bead inspired the next piece!  Yes, this bead!  To me, it looks like porcelain.  I made it on a base of ivory glass and with some special reactive glass powder I have.  The blue and brown went perfectly with Jenny Davies-Reazor’s goddess focal.

 The gemstones are called khaki quartz I purchased from norah on etsy.  I used 26 gauge art wire in a brown color. The 26 gauge wire was hard to work with, but the holes in the gemstones were very small.

 And finally, I made this spiral rope to go with a gorgeous beach hut focal pendant from Lesley Watt.  The clasp is bronze from Saki Silver. 

Take a look at what all the other AJE Team Members and our guests made with month by visiting the links below!


December CoM with Diana Ptaszynski

The December Component of the Month challenge was provided by Diana Ptaszynski – snowflake pendants, how appropriate.  Although here in Pittsburgh, I think we had .10 inches of snow in December…so much for a horrible winter!  I chose this white pendant, and as usual, didn’t photograph it before I started working on it.  In my defense, I knew right away what I wanted to do, so…

 I made a spiral rope with two colors of white seed beads!  I was so excited to do this.  I had a false start, in that I wanted to do it with size 8’s and 15’s, but it just wasn’t really working, plus I was trying to do Russian Spiral, which is beyond me at this point.  So I made a simple spiral with size 11 seed beads and I’m still happy!

 I used this toggle clasp that I just purchased from Lesley Watt, and it went perfectly!

 Here’s a closeup of the spiral rope and the two colors of beads. 

I hope you enjoyed the CoM reveal this month!  Check out what everyone else made!

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Waxed Linen Cord Blog Hop!

My friend and fellow Art Jewelry Elements member, Diana Ptaszynski, is hosting today’s Waxed Linen Cord Blog Hop!  A big thank you to Diana, as this is a really big job!  I was excited to join in, I have been making some new chicklet beads recently and wanted to show off some ways you can use them!

 I used a pretty spicy orange color of waxed linen cord, and a great button I got from someone on etsy who I will have to find again because I love his buttons!  I used indonesian glass in between my flower chicklet beads.  And finally, some silver accent beads I picked up at a bead show here last year! 

To finish the bracelet off, I used two indonesian glass triangle beads!

And then, to be annoying and over-achieverish, I made these earrings.  I used salmon cord, copper accent beads, my chicklet beads in a different orientation, and mustard colored seed beads!  I also used the new shape feature on Picmonkey!

Please check out what everyone else made in the blog hop by visiting the links below!
Diana Ptaszynski OUR HOST

Kelsy Vincent

Susan Kennedy   YOU ARE HERE

Linda Landig

Kashmira Patel

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Vanessa Gilkes

Sandy Huntress

Kay Thomerson

Sarajo Wentling

Kari Asbury

Rebecca Anderson

Melissa Trudinger

Ann Schroeder

Shai Williams

Blanca Medina

Cheryl Brown

Johana Nunez Rivera

Lori Bowring Michaud

Kelly Morgan

Barbara Bechtel

Kristen Stevens

Heather Boardman

Janet Bocciardi

Kathy Lindemer

Lesley Watt

Susan Kolovson

Jayne Capps

Michelle McCarthy

Cynthia Deis Enter to win a kit from Ornamentea!

Karla Morgan

Erin Siegel  Enter to win even more goodies over here!

Becky Pancake

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

Inge von Roos

Carolyn Lawson

Linda Younkman

Sandi Volpe

Toltec Jewels

Michelle Mach

Jen Cameron

Dorothy Winchell

Darlene Mansue

Cory Tompkins

Berks Bead Bazaar!

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I took a little overnight break and went to the Berks Bead Bazaar in Reading, PA.  My friends Diana Ptaszynski, Staci Smith and Jenny Davies-Reazor were vending there so I really wanted to go and check it out!  We drove up Saturday, got there about 1:30, stayed at the bead show until it closed at 5, and had a fun dinner at Tokyo Hibachi.  The next morning we decided to leave about 11 because of the monster snowstorm predicted (and btw, we got about 2 inches of snow at home…).

Of course, while I was there, I had to buy some beads!  Here are some photos!

Diana Ptaszynski and her husband Colin, and the beads I got from her – notice the cab!  Can’t wait to get started using these!

 Jenny Davies-Reazor and the beads I picked up from her – 2 cabs – hmmm, is there a pattern here?

 Staci Smith and the great polymer clay beads I purchased from her!  She was there with her daughter Julia, who was also selling her beads!

 An amazing lampwork bird from Patty Cahill – this will probably end up in the permanent gazing collection!

 Some seeds from Twisted Sistah.  There were many many more, but it was literally at 5pm when I was buying these…

 Gorgeous stone cabs!

 This cab is called a doublet – it is a transparent agate on top of turquoise, so the blue shows through!

 Finally, some porcelain from Joan Miller. She put on a great show, from what I can tell everyone had a blast!  Too bad about the weather on Sunday.

Hope you enjoyed my parade of beads and aren’t too jealous!

Seed Beading with Cabochons

I’ve recently become enamored with all things seed bead – I love making beaded beads and have gotten into making beaded cabochons thanks to Sally Russick!  This is the latest one I have done!

 I used a cabochon by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Beads – it’s a rustic oval shaped cab with a matte finish.

 I made the bail using brick stitch (which I also learned from Sally on her video).  I just noticed the little bit of wispy thread I need to burn off!

 Finally, I used a brass toggle from Fusion Beads as the closure.  It goes really well with the blue seed beads I used.

All in all, I am really happy with this necklace. I’m starting on another using one of my smaller ammonite cabochons.  I’ll show you when I get started!

Bead Fest Update 1

I’m just going to jump right in and give you the eye candy post now!  These are all beads that I traded with various creative women at Bead Fest – one of the best parts!  Click on the photos to see them bigger!

A trio of beads from Jenny Davies-Reazor.  She makes yummy ceramics and I love being her neighbor at Bead Fest! 

Gorgeous amulet from Diana Ptaszynski – these are new for her and so popular one even got stolen from her table!  

Metal and polymer lovlies from Staci Klinger Smith – can’t wait to make something with that owl!  I wanted to get one of her gigantor hearts, but I didn’t…

Amazing goodies from Mary at White Clover Kiln!  Her ceramics are so colorful they just make me happy looking at them!

Finally some fantastic raku from Amy Mealey of Xaz Bead Company.  She just gets the most amazing raku colors and I’m a sucker for hearts!  She is too genergous, as well!

I’m so thrilled with all of the beads, I am going to go fondle them now!  Back tomorrow with another update!

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!