AJE Component of the Month – Niky Sayers

This month, the Component of the Month for the Art Jewelry Elements team was by Niky Sayers – she sent us fun farthing clasps!  I love her work – you can find her jewelry etsy store hereand her coponent store here – and was thrilled with the clasp. As usual, I forgot to take a photo of it on it’s own before I started making something, so here’s Niky’s photo!

And here’s the one I received!

When I received it in the mail, I knew I wanted to make the clasp the centerpiece, and wanted to have a multi-strand bracelet.  I immediately thought of making many strands of seed beads and went to work looking on etsy for some beads that appealed to me.  I finally settled on the set here – they are called Olive Picasso Travertine and I purchased them from Beachartz on etsy.

 So, as I made the bracelet, I decided that three strands were probably enough, given the size of the beads and the size of the clasp, and the size of my time! So, in general, I like the bracelet and would wear it.  What I don’t like is seeing the crimp beads, which I’ll fix by adding crimp bead covers.  However, I really am not satisfied with the way I have attached the strands to the clasp.  I think there has to be a better way.  Here’s a photo of what I made:

I need to make a better “eye” for the hook, so if anyone has some ideas I’m all for them.  I don’t like how you can see it when the bracelet is closed.

I also have other ideas now, and may just take this apart and use some of my favorite gemstones instead of multi-strand seed beads.  But that will be for another day!  Please check out what everyone else made this month! And thanks for stopping by!

Guest bloggers

AJE July Component of the Month – Francesca Watson

Today is the day for another reveal for the AJE Component of the Month!  This month, Francesca Watson provided us with her wonderful dichroic glass cabochons.  She gave us the choice of having them in cabochon form, or drilled.  Here are the very tempting choices she gave us!

I chose the blue cabochon on to top second to the right.  I decided to keep mine a cabochon. 

 It is really hard to photogragh all the gorgeous dichroic colors that are in this cabochon.  My first idea was for me to do a beaded bezel with it.  Between visiting my 92 year old grandfather in Florida for a week, and a quick little getaway to Baltimore with my boyfriend, and Bead Fest prep, it just did not happen.

My second idea, then, was put a bail on this cab, and do a beaded necklace.  Not too fancy, just a wire wrapped one with my own lampwork beads as accents.  That did not happen either.  I wasn’t at all happy with that idea, and just about gave up.  It just wasn’t going to do the cab justice.

 Finally I got the brainstorm to do a kumihimo necklace and I am very very happy I did!  I think it matches the cab really well and doesn’t take away from it either. 

Nothing like last minute for me!  Thank you, Francesca, for providing us with the beautiful glass cabs and also for your patience in waiting for me to get this done!!!!  Please check out what our guests and other members made with Francesca’s cabs too!

Guest Designers

Deb Fortin – www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Toltec Jewels – www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Carol Briody – cbriody.blogspot.com


The AJE Team
Caroline Dewison – blueberribeads.blogspot.co.uk
Susan Kennedy – www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Melissa Meman – melissameman.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson – OUR HOST – www.francescawatson.com