AE Component of the Month for April — Jennifer Stout Cameron

The component of the month for April was provided by Jennifer Cameron.  She made these awesome textured dichroic silver glass sparkly focal beads for us!

Yes, as usual, I didn’t take a photo of mine before I worked on it!  I made this great focal piece.

I used a silver clay headpin from Andrew Thornton, urchin style bead caps, and a great pinch bail.  I had purchased some hand-dyed ribbon from Amy Kuczewski which arrived Monday in the mail!

Please check out what everyone else made, and thank you Jennifer for a great focal!

Guest Designers:
Art Elements Team:

Art Elements Component of the Month with Jennifer Cameron

You may have noticed that we changed our name and look over at Art Jewelry Elements – we are now Art Elements.  Read all about it!

Also it’s time for the October Component of the Month – this month, Jennifer Cameron provided us with these cute sugar skulls! I managed to take a photo of mine this time, before I made my necklace!

I love the colors she used, and wanted to make a colorful necklace as well! Here’s what I made, using seed beads and czech flowers!  I think it’s fun!

I was so happy to be able to use these czech flowers, as I am currently obsessed with them. I went to Prague this summer but was not able to find any czech beads for purchase!

Thanks to Jen for the sugar skull inspiration!  Check out what everyone else made!

Guest Designers
Art Elements Team

Beads of Courage Charm Swap!

UPDATED to add:  There’s a small hitch with the eBay auction, new details will be posted as soon as available.

Today is the reveal for the Beads of Courage Charm Swap and Auction, once again hosted by Jennifer Stout Cameron.  This year the theme was Fairy Tales.  This was a bit of a challenge for me.  Until I got this in the mail:

I don’t even think this is the one I ordered, but I wasn’t going to send it back to the UK and exchange it, so I kept it.  I immediately thought “pot of gold” when I saw that one roller section.

So, I looked up the leprechaun and pot of gold legend and the rest, as they say, is history.

First, here are my charms:

And now, the story of the leprechaun and the “Pot O’ Gold”

Fairy Tale: Leprechaun
The Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.  They are depicted as tiny, solitary, bearded
men who cause mischief.  According to
legend, they spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of
gold at the end of the rainbow.  If
captured by a human, they will grant them three wishes to obtain their freedom.

My charm is a pot of gold, with the gold being a gold bead on top of the pot, and then a Celtic charm hanging from it.


And these are the charms I received!

From top, left to right:  Melissa Trudinger, Caroline Dewison, Jenny Davies-Reazor, Lesley Watt, Cate Van Alphen

Second Row, left to right:  Terri DelSignore, Cassi Paslick, Patty Miller, Brooke Bock, Marianne Baxter

List of Participants:

And here’s a link to the auctions!  Remember, bid early and often!!!!

Beads of Courage Charm Swap Auction on eBay

Secret Santas at AJE!

Back in December, all of us at AJE got together and facilitated by Lesley Watt, did a Secret Santa exchange!  It was fun – we only knew who we were sending to (of course) but not who was sending to us!  My partner to send to was Jennifer Cameron!  Here’s what I sent her:

 I knew she liked the beaded beads because she traded with me at Bead Fest for beaded beads! 

 I also knew she liked the ornaments I made this year because she commented on a photo I shared – this is my ornament of the year for the Sally Russick Ornament Swap.

 I also wanted to send her a surprise so I made these earrings from a tutorial that I got from Around The Beading Table.

And these amazing earrings were what I received from Francesca Watson.  Even before I knew her at AJE, my boyfriend had purchased earrings from her etsy store for me (at my hint lol).  AND I actually won an amazing prong set necklace she had as a giveaway on her blog.  So I am no stranger to Francesca’s work.

I love the color of the stones and the bezel settings are perfect – of course!  You can find Francesca’s work here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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!