Art Elements Component of the Month – Jenny Davies-Reazor

Appropriately, Jenny provided us with kintsugi hearts for the Art Elements February Component of the Month.

But not just any hearts – broken hearts, stitched up.  You may know that kintsugi is the japanese term for repairing broken things, in some cases pottery with gold.  That’s what these hearts stand for! I chose one of the olive green hearts, mostly because that’s my favorite color. And yes, as usual, I did not take a photo of mine before I started working on it!

Here’s a close-up of my heart:

 I made a beaded bezel with some awesome metallic earth delicas I picked up on my trip to Houston in Fall, 2016.  Then I used some great old gold size 15s, and finally finished the bezel with bronze gold 8s and galvanized gold 15s that match the gold foil perfectly.

I used an awesome gold heart charm from Cathy Daly that I purchased in her etsy store to finish the bezel.

And here’s a photo of it finished and hanging on a thin black cord.  I could also put it on a gold chain, as well.  I’ll probably do that as I think it will look better.  Thanks for stopping by.  Thanks to Jenny for the awesome hearts!

Check out what everyone else made with Jenny’s hearts:

Guests: 
Art Elements team: 

April AJE Component of the Month – Jenny Davies-Reazor

This month, Jenny Davies-Reazor provided us with amulets for the Component of the Month Challenge!  Yep, forgot to take a photo of the one I got before I used it, but here’s what she made!

Here’s the one I received.  Notice the bottom of the amulet – so awesome!

I chose the stone Angelite to go with the amulet I received.  I’ve always been attracted to this stone and have a small hoard of it.  Little did I know that Angelite really speaks to me!  Here’s why:

Angelite is associated with the Throat Chakra.  It so happens that I am a thyroid cancer survivor.  Angelite is also a stone for creative people!  Angelite helps the wearer raise conscious awareness and promotes peace.  You can see more about Angelite on Caryl Haxwoth’s page – very interesting!

So here’s what I made.  I chose to keep it simple on purpose.  I was going to try and fashion some sort of “lid” for the amulet out of a silver disc, or go to Michaels and get a cork, but chose to leave it open.  I used simple silver chain, as well, because I just think the amulet and the angelite are pretty good the way they are!

I hope you enjoyed my necklace!  Stop by and see what everyone else made with one of Jenny’s Amulets!

Guests: 
Alison of Alison Adorns
AJE Team: 
Lindsay

Art Jewelry Elements January Component of the Month – Use Your Stash

This month, Jenny Davies-Reazor is the host of the January AJE Component of the Month – the theme is use your stash.  I had high hopes of getting a lot done, but between work and other life stuff, I only was able to complete one piece.  Here it is!

It’s actually not completed yet because I need to make a strap for it.  But it’s almost done!  I used one of  Jenny’s pendant pieces and bezeled it with pretty purple delicas and red seed beads.  Then I added the czech flowers, with a stop bead, and the row of 8s with a stop bead as well.  Finally, I finished the edge with a picot edging.  I like it a lot. I wish I had time to complete more pieces, but I’m glad I at least got one done!

Please visit with everyone else and see what they made!  Thanks for stopping by!

AJE team:
 
Guests: 
Melissa – Bead Recipes
Tammy – Paisley  Lizard
Sarajo – SJ Designs
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Lola – Bead Lola Bead
Samantha – Wescott Jewelry
Mona – Bijoux Gem

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!


W(s)IP

Works in Progress…do you have them?  I rarely do.  I rarely make jewelry anymore, and when I do it’s usually one at a time, and there are no works in progress.  But lately (and I mean since before Bead Fest) I haven’t felt too creative on the bead-making front.  And now that I’ve had a little time over the holidays, I decided to get my creative juices flowing in a different way.  I have really become interested in all things bead weaving and seed beads, so I’m working on some little projects right now.  My CoM from December was this little spiral rope number:

I had tried to work on a Russian spiral, but with the white, it was too hard to learn.  So I did just a regular spiral rope.

I also made this spiral rope for this focal I made that I absolutely LOVE (it’s really hard to photograph the colors in these seed beads, but they are awesomely rainbow):

And this one is actually for reveal later, but I’m still showing it, cuz I loves it! I learned to do a picot edge here.  And I’m really into these brass toggles by Saki Silver.

Here are some other things I am working on right now, and I
always get stuck having to order more beads because unbelievably, my
seed bead stash is quite small compared to other people I know!
This one is going to be for my mom.  I will attempt Russian spiral
but will probably go back to simple spiral on this one, since I’m not
using three different color combos.  The sweet pendant is by Mary Welsh
Hubbard (White Clover Kiln).

And this great tree man cabochon is by Jenny Davies-Reazor.  I picked very autumnal, contrasting colors to use on this one. I still don’t have the design in my head right now, just the colors I want to use.

Another gorgeous cabochon by White Clover Kiln.  I love the colorway on this. I am waiting on size 8 beads to go around the outside.  And I may actually add some other things as well – it’s to be written!

 My grandfather passed away last week, and he lived in Florida.  It was a dismal time here for weather, so Florida and my grandfather got me thinking color, so I started working on this one.

I did a small picot edge on it, as well.  But now I wish I had added more beads and more color to the outer edge of the piece.  I’m going to make a spiral rope with all the colors of the beads used, so I made a sample piece (with different colors because yes, I’m waiting on beads for this too!) to see how it would look.  I think with the colors I’m going to use, it’s going to look awesome!

I also had this great idea for a polymer buddha pendant I have from Barbara Bechtel, and guess what?  I’m waiting on brass chain for it too.  Hopefully today is the lucky mail day for me! I’ll be wearing them together, and probably add a third necklace with just a plain charm on it. 

So how many W(s)IP do you have?  This is a record for me, I believe!  Thanks for stopping by!

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!

AJE Component of the Month – Jenny Davies-Reazor

It’s time again for the Art Jewelry Elements monthly challenge, and this month, Jenny Davies-Reazor provided us with the component!  She made these amazing escutcheon molded polymer clay pendants, with a word saved inside with resin!  She made this one especially for me, as I am having a few health issues of late.  I always forget to take a photo before I start working on the piece!

Mine was in colors of olive green, verdigris and blue.  I love it!  As I didn’t have any beads in my stash to really match well with the pendant, I had to go to Michael’s to find something.  I found these blue/green glass rounds and they really went so well there was no way I couldn’t purchase them!

 Then I looked down and saw the buddha head beads!  I knew I had to have that as well! 

 I used a turquoise teardrop from my stash as well as titanium hematite beads I picked up at Bead Fest and had the bottom done!

 I’ve also been dabbling in kumihimo lately, since I won an amazing prize package from Beadaholique last year (yes, LAST YEAR) and ordered s-lon cord to make these braids in the colors of the clay pendant.

 The colors of the glass beads also go amazingly well with the cord.  During this process, I figured out a way to make looped ends for the braid without using the caps you normally use with kumihimo braid.  I have no idea if this has been done with cord before, it’s new to me!  I’ll post a tutorial on AJE for it in the future if you’re interested!

 The final piece!  I’m in love!  It’s a long necklace that goes right over your head, no need for a clasp.  And it’s so special because Jenny make the pendant especially for me!

Please stop on over to the AJE blog and see what everyone else made with Jenny’s wonderful pendants!

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!

When Beads Just Go Together

I mentioned in an earlier post that Jenny Davies-Reazor and I noticed that a lot of our beads go together!  So I thought I’d show you what I mean!

These are some of Jenny’s beads that I traded her for at Bead Fest Philly last summer. I love them, and have been hoarding them.  But I think for the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop I’m going to make something with at least one of them!

So, here’s how our beads go together!

I’m probably going to work with the man/tree/nature face first, and the bracelet bar second.  The pink will end up being a necklace for my mom, I’m sure!

Hope to see you at Bead Fest – maybe you can pick out a Jenny bead (Booth 461) and complimenting SueBeads (Booth 463)!

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!