AE Component of the the Month for May – Lesley Watt

Time for another Component of the Month – this time Lesley sent us these awesome shell cabs/pendants.  I chose a cabochon, I just can’t get enough of them!

The cabochon is somewhat shallow, so I didn’t bead bezel it, I glued it down really well and started beading around it. I wanted to invoke the feeling of the ocean, but underneath where there’s movement but it’s gentle and flowing!

I used colors that were found in the colors of the cabochon, and then added “tentacles” of size 15 seed beads and then size 11 seed beads – kind of an anemone look.

I used some awesome O-beads that I had picked up in Texas last year – they are sparkly and AB/mirror like – perfect for under water!

Right now I’m not sure what it wants to be so I’m going to leave it like this for a while.  I was thinking either necklace or pin – but maybe it wants to be part of some kind of sea piece wall art? Not sure yet.

Please check out what everyone else made, and thanks to Lesley for providing such great inspiration!

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July Component of the Month AJE Challenge – Lesley Watt

Aaaaand another month has gone by, and it’s time for the July Component of the Month challenge.  This month, Lesley Watt provided us with these awesome summery ammonite pendants to work with!  You can get some great ammonite items and more in her Thea Elements shop on etsy.

The one I chose is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the photo – the olive green colored one!  I had a really hard time with this one, probably because I admire Lesley and her art and the jewelry she makes so much that I wanted to do this pendant justice.  I went through many iterations of a design, including trying to use Lesley’s tutorial that she posted here. I ordered a bunch of beads I thought would match, I had s-lon cord that was great, and I ordered the chain you’ll see below as well.  But it just wasn’t working for me, so I got out my beads and started trying to come up with another design.

I really wanted to use the fossil coral I had, but it just wasn’t working.  Then I found my red creek jasper beads and felt that they went really well.  They pick up the ever-so-slight reddish tint under the green, and the colors in and around the ammonite.

I got to work, and made this – not happy with it at all.

I hated how it looked with the chain, and the crimp beads showing the way they were.  I decided I needed to string the whole piece, not string it in two sections.  So then I made this.

I liked it a lot, but the tube beads were too thin and I strung it too tight.  So I took it apart (again…) and made this:

Aaaaand I think I’m finally happy with it.  I wish I had these large tube beads (titanium hematite) in a slightly darker color but this size, but they do pick up the colors in the red creek jasper, so I think I’m good now!!!!  Tell me, do you made and unmake and remake the way I did?  I’m not the only one?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I made!  Please check out what everyone else made by visiting the blog links below!

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!


December CoM with Diana Ptaszynski

The December Component of the Month challenge was provided by Diana Ptaszynski – snowflake pendants, how appropriate.  Although here in Pittsburgh, I think we had .10 inches of snow in December…so much for a horrible winter!  I chose this white pendant, and as usual, didn’t photograph it before I started working on it.  In my defense, I knew right away what I wanted to do, so…

 I made a spiral rope with two colors of white seed beads!  I was so excited to do this.  I had a false start, in that I wanted to do it with size 8’s and 15’s, but it just wasn’t really working, plus I was trying to do Russian Spiral, which is beyond me at this point.  So I made a simple spiral with size 11 seed beads and I’m still happy!

 I used this toggle clasp that I just purchased from Lesley Watt, and it went perfectly!

 Here’s a closeup of the spiral rope and the two colors of beads. 

I hope you enjoyed the CoM reveal this month!  Check out what everyone else made!

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April AJE Component of the Month Reveal!

Yet another month has passed us by, it’s time for the April Component of the Month Reveal over at Art Jewelry ElementsLesley Watt provided components for us for April – buttons, or clasps, however you wanted to use them!  The one I chose was right in the middle!

 As usual, I did not take a photo of the button before I actually used it, so here is a closeup! 

 I had a few idea in my head none of which really worked out.  I didn’t have the right color beads, I couldn’t find the right color glass to make beads, I didn’t have the right color waxed linen…on and on.  Finally, I went to Michael’s for a little visual stimulation.  While I was there, I picked up the citrine (???) chips and the bronze colored beads.

 I strung three strands of beads (I already had the seed beads at home, woo hoo!) and then braided them before I attached to the bronze clasp with the crimp beads.  The bronze clasp is kind of urchin-ey, so I felt it worked really well.  Plus, I’m really into bronze these days!

I really like how it turned out!  Here’s a list of everyone else who participated, check out what they  made with Lesley’s components.  And thanks very much Lesley, for a great challenge!