Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a giveaway and jewelry reveal. May’s giveaway component was made by Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given a set of these beautiful lampwork glass flower beads that Sue made for us. I was given the blue set on the far right.
First I must say that I really love these beads. You know me – I <3 flowers, plus I like the unusual shape. The fact that this shape lays flat on the wrist, makes them especially well suited to bracelet designs. I do have an earring design in mind too, but that will have to wait till another time.
I used one of Lesley Watt’s gorgeous brass bracelet bars as the focal of my bracelet. Sue’s beads frame it perfectly. I love these three together. I think they were made for each other! I furthered the floral theme with two Czech glass flower beads. The rest of the bracelet is fire polished beads and little glass seed beads, finished with a decorative antiqued brass toggle clasp.
It is a simple design, but quite eye-catching and elegant. I can personally attest to the eye-catching part. I wore it today and the lady at the grocery store asked me about it and wanted not just one of my business cards, but several to share with the other women who work there!
I named this bracelet after the beautiful blue Cornflower (aka Bachelor Button). When you look at the photo below, you’ll see what a perfect match this name is.
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Susan’s lampwork glass beads? - Here are all the links.Have fun blog hopping!
April’s Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) giveaway was hosted by the multi-talented Lesley Watt of Thea Elements. Members of the AJE team, plus a few lucky guest artists, were given one of these delightful, ceramic button clasps that Lesley made for us.
Here’s the bracelet I made with the clasp that I received.
I combined Lesley’s clasp with an enameled bead in a matching color, a yellow-peach colored ceramic cube from Suburban Girl and a faceted polymer clay bead from Second Surf. The back of the bracelet has 3 strands of glass cube beads, interspersed with purple Czech glass seed beads. I strung them all on denim blue Irish waxed linen and added a Czech glass flower dangle near the clasp.
I called this the “Happy Day Bracelet” because I had the most delightful day when I made this bracelet. I began the day with my first session of a volunteer job tutoring a young man in basic reading skills. Our first session went much better than expected. I felt that old thrill that I always experienced as a teacher, when I could see that real learning was taking place. There’s nothing like it! After the tutoring session, I came home and made this bracelet. Then after dinner, I went to Marion Pollman’s studio for a ceramics lesson. We glazed my first batch of ceramic pendants and charms. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that Marion is helping me to make my ceramic dreams come true! After all that goodness in one day, I was just certain that this had to be called the “Happy Day Bracelet“!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Lesley’s awesome button clasps? Here are all the links. Have fun!
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal. March’s component was made by the talented Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a lucky guest artist were given one of these beautiful luna moth pendants that Caroline made for us.
I chose the lilac moth in the top row. I had recently ordered several colors of matte “peanut” beads, (aka farfalle beads) and I was anxious to put them to use. I made a mix of lilac, dark purple and cream-colored peanut beads. Then I tossed in some metallic purple, lilac and sage green seed beads. I created 3 strands on each side using this mix of beads and I wove them in and out of larger beads.
I dangled flowers at the points where the beaded cords attached to the chain. Two flowers dangle on one side and one flower dangles on the other. The Luna Moth Necklace is now available in my Etsy shop.
I thought you might also enjoy seeing what an actual Luna Moth looks like.
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Caroline’s Luna Moth pendants? Here are all the links. Have fun!
Choose an image and write 30 words about it. No more. No less. 30 Word Thursday is the brainchild of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati. To find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts, head over to Erin’s blog.
Its time for the last Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal. This Challenge lasted all throughout 2013. The goal was to make one pair of earrings each week of the year. I missed a few weeks when life got crazy, but overall I did fairly well. This challenge really pushed me to produce, and I think it was good for me!
“Let It Snow” Earrings
The “Let It Snow” earrings feature shimmering blue lampwork glass beads by fellow AJE team member Sue Kennedy. The beads have a silvery sheen that adds a striking lux factor to the earrings.
I blogged about these earrings on the Art Jewelry Elements blog, but I haven’t shared them here. I made the Spiral Fiber Earrings using wire links that I learned from Cindy Wimmer’s book, “The Missing Link”.
After I formed the wire links, I wrapped the hoop portion with Wooly Wire and dangled lampwork headpins by Lori Bergman, from the hoops.
Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal. For those of you who are new to this blog, the challenge is to make a pair of earrings, each week, that use at least one artisan component.
Dancing Amethyst Earrings
This pair of earrings would be perfect for a holiday party, perhaps a New Years Eve celebration. They have a sophisticated elegance about them. The earrings are 3 inches long, lending a touch of drama. I wrapped a silver wire in a graceful curve across the face of the lavender bead at the top.
Below that, I strung lampwork discs on Irish linen cording and let two faceted amethysts dangle beneath each disc. I really love the spiral of violet and blue on each handmade glass disc. The colors and texture make them extra special.
Savory Sage Earrings
My second pair of earrings have the same graceful wire wrap at the top, but this time, it curves across the face of shimmering blue-green shell pearls. I love the color combination of sage green and brass.
Speaking of brass, the pretty textured brass dangles were made by Free Individual, on Etsy. The artist lives a bit north of me in Seattle, WA.
Its time for another Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge Reveal. For those of you who haven’t been following along, the challenge is to make a pair of earrings, each week, that use at least one artisan component.
I’m a little behind with my earrings because I was sick earlier this week. I’ll post one pair here and either later today or tomorrow I’ll add another pair. Catching up step by step. ;)
Little Bow Earrings
This pair of earrings features adorable ceramic heart charms by Mary Harding. I love Mary’s nature inspired work and her color sense.
As I sat down to work on these, I knew I wanted to use the brass spiral beads, but I hadn’t decided yet how to attach everything. That was when I spied a strand of silk that Marsha Neal had given me at Bead Fest last August. It was a perfect accent for the hearts. I looped the silk through the charms and the beads and then tied pretty little bow in the middle. I added a touch of glue in the back to secure the bows so they won’t come loose. Then I made the earwires and included a little turquoise fire polish bead just above the loop.
I haven’t added these to my shop yet–that’s my next task today. Once they are listed, I’ll come back here and add a link. The Little Bow Earrings have been added to my shop now.