Art Elements September Theme Challenge – Foliage

I’ve missed a couple of challenges this year, I’ve been busy working my other job and trying to fit in all those other things you have to do in life, not doing a great job of trying to do everything. But I did manage to get one thing done for the challenge, and start on another! Of course, it helps that we’re going into fall and this theme aligns with some business related things I do!

Caroline chose Foliage for this month, and one of the things I make is enameled leaves.  I used the torch fired method I learned from Barbara Lewis years ago. Here are some collages of leaves I have had available in the last month, and some that may show up in my next FaceBook show. They are all one of a kind.

These are made with brass leaf charms, and depending on the colors, 3-4 layers of enamel. Sometimes the enamel colors react with each other to create cool effects, like the spotty ones. I also stole a pair of leaves just for me, and made these earrings!

I really  really like them! I used some ethiopian brass beads, czech glass beads and small copper and gold rounds. Copper ear wires, which I have to switch out because I am allergic to them! 14k Gold plated for me!

I also started on this cute embroidery project I purchased months (maybe 6 months) ago at a cute store in Morningside called Firecracker Fabrics. They offer sewing classes, fabric, threads, buttons, etc. and also had these embroidery projects and many more. I just bought one to start, and you can see why – just can’t get around to having any alone time to do something like this.

Here it is in the hoop – I didn’t get  a photo of the whole package before I started working on it – it comes with everything you need except scissors. The floss, hoop, etc.

And as of this post, here’s how far I got with it. I had hoped to get the leaves accomplished for the theme (foliage!) but wasn’t able to get it done. I’ll keep plugging away!

I hope you visit everyone else’s blog and see what amazing things these talented people come up with for the theme – I know it’s going to be amazing!

AE Team













Beth & Evie














AJE Component of the Month – Linda Landig

Not even gonna say it – here we go with Linda’s Component of the Month!  Linda is really getting into the clay and she made these awesome fall pendants. You can find her shop here.

I chose the ochre one with the red leaf because I love those colors together!  I had many ideas but after I took Heather Powers’ class at Allegory Gallery, I knew I had to make some small oak leaves!  You’ll get to see an overview of the class on October 5 over at AJE.

Here are my leaves roughly cut out. Yep, rough!  But they do get better.  You can see their progression here!

This final photo is after they were filed, textured, filed, antiqued, and finally tumbled for a few hours.

How I’m going to use them.  But what beads?  I knew I had to wire wrap at least part of it, because of the leaves, so I went to my bin of beads and found these – they go perfectly!

I’m assuming they really meant they were ruby zoisite.  And I know they didn’t cost that much either, so don’t worry!

And here’s my final necklace!  I’m pretty pleased.  It may look better with more varied beads, but for right now, I’m keeping it.  Unless you want it!

Please check out what everyone else made, and thank you Linda, for the great fall pendant!!!!