AJE Component of the Month with Kristen Stevens

Once again, it’s time for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month challenge!  This month, Kristen Stevens provided us with woven beaded rings!  I had some black ones that I wanted to work with.

 I had a few ideas – I was going to make earrings with my glass headpins; I was going to use one of my black metallic steampunk hearts and make a necklace.  But life really got in the way this month for me.  I had a water disaster in my house while gutting and redoing a bathroom, and am dealing with lots of work in the house at this point!

 I had purchased these awesome fox pendants from Summer Wind on etsy to make something for my boyfriend, and so I decided to make him some ornaments (they were going to be a secret, but probably not anymore!).

 Sadly, as I was trying to ream out the hole a little to fit a jump ring in, I broke this one.  It’s so cute too.  Luckily she has more for sale so I have ordered one and I’ll make him the second ornament when it arrives.

I’m really happy with the way this one turned out!  The accent beads on the other one will be little red czech beads.  I love using my art beads to make ornaments this time of year!

Thanks for looking and please check out what everyone else made with Kristen’s rings!

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AJE Component of the Month – Kristen Stevens

It’s that time again, hard to believe, it’s Component of the Month over at Art Jewelry Elements.  This month, the sweet Kristen Stevens provided beaded beads to everyone to make something gorgeous with.  Here’s what I made!

This first pair was made with my own lampwork beads in a constrasting color to the pretty cinnamon colored beaded beads Kristen made.  The ear wires are hand-forged niobium since I’m allergic to just about everything anymore!  Sorry the photos aren’t the best, they were taken under artificial light since there’s no real light here in Pittsburgh until May…

For this second pair, I made bead caps!  I used some copper sheet that I had fold-formed and patinaed in the flame, then punched and dapped, sanded, and punched holes in (lots of steps!) along with some copper heishe and titanium hematite I picked up at Bead Fest.  It’s hard for you to see the pretty colors and texture on the bead caps, but they do look nice!  The ear wires are sterling.  

Please hop on over to Art Jewelry Elements to see what everyone else made with Kristen’s beaded beads!