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!
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!
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 here – and 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!