Art Elements Component of the Month – Runes – Niky Sayers!

Wow, time flies! And this is the last “Component” of the Month Challenge – if you didn’t see it, we’re switching over to themes for the rest of the year, to allow for a wider variety of interpretations and mediums. Niky made these awesome copper clay Runes for us for February.

A rune, in case you’re not familiar, is a symbol used in ancient Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet. The runes Niky chose are “Elder Futhark” which is the oldest of the runic alphabets. As usual, I didn’t take a photo of my rune until after I was done making something with it, but the one I received is the bottom left in the photo above.

My rune is Uruz. The meaning is Auroch, or wild ox. The “esoteric” meaning of this rune is physical strength, speed, a time of great energy, action, courage, tenacity, wisdom.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my rune, but I used it as a cabochon. I didn’t want to put any holes in it – I didn’t want to permanently change it in case I changed my mind! So I bezeled it using some cute czech faceted beads and demi size 11s.

I didn’t get a change to finish it, but I will be making a nice beaded strap for it. Originally I thought I would make it into a necklace with labradorite, but decided against it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this last Component of the Month, and will visit everyone else’s blog! Next month the theme is Nests!

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October Component of the Month – Niky Sayers

This month, it was Niky’s turn to provide the Component of the Month – she sent us these awesome hare coin clasps! She makes such awesome things! And yes, as usual, I didn’t take a photo of it before I used it.  I do that, I admit it.

I wanted to learn a new stitch, and thought flat chenille stitch would go perfectly with the size of this clasp.  I chose size 11 and 15 Japanese seeds in coordinating colors, colors I thought would look good with the brushed silver of the coin.  And then I learned flat chenille stitch.

To be honest, I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to actually figure it out.  It’s a pretty easy stitch,but for some reason, I was having trouble initially in turning over to the next row.  Once I got it, it went really quickly and it’s a pretty fun stitch, with quick results!

 Here’s the whole bracelet, very easy to wear as well!

I have another clasp of Niky’s from last years’ CoM, and I already have beads picked out to turn it into a flat chenille stitch bracelet!

Thanks so much to Niky for the awesome clasp, and check out what everyone else made!

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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!

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