In preparation for the upcoming holidays, my local Etsy Team has challenged its members to reach 100 listings on Etsy by today. I took up the challenge and am proud to say that I have reached the goal! Here are a few of the new items you’ll find in my shop.
Its time for the Art Jewelry Elements September Component of the Month Reveal! This month’s components are from Kristi Bowman Design.
I love Kristi’s copper metal clay pieces and have used many of them in my jewelry designs over the years. For this month’s design, I chose the first piece in the bottom row of the picture above.
Unfortunately I had a lot going on this month and somehow the end of the September snuck up on me sooner than I expected. So today’s post will be a peek at a work in progress necklace.
I just loosely strung the beads on walnut colored, waxed linen cording, to give you an idea of where I’m going with this. The final piece will be knotted between the beads.
I wrapped the center of Kristi’s pendant with turquoise colored Wooly Wire. I also wrapped two channel beads with Wooly Wire. I love the vibrant turquoise with Kristi’s copper pendant and the Wooly Wire adds such a nice soft texture contrast to the hard copper.
I continued the copper and turquoise theme with some gorgeous, handmade raku beads that I got from Xaz Beads, at Bead Fest last year.
Unfortunately that’s as far as I got with this project. I’ll post an update later this week when I finish the necklace.
So now I encourage you to visit the other participants blogs to see what they created with Kristi’s pendants. And visit Kristi’s shop too, to see more of her work!
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I was even born on the first day of autumn! I put together some wonderful autumn inspiration boards on the Art Jewelry Elements blog today. You might want to check them out.
I’m going to be doing an online trunk show on October 18th and 19th. I’ll be posting more about that soon. But you should know that I’m busy making some cool autumn themed items to offer on trunk show. In the meantime, I’ll highlight some of the fall items that are already in my shop.
These earrings combine the most beautiful, flawless smoky quartz and faceted carnelian with gorgeous lampwork glass leaves from Havana Beads. Love these!
Since I love autumn colors so much, I have a lot of jewelry in those wonderful oranges, golds, reds and browns. When you click on the photo, it will take you to the listing in my shop.
Here are a couple of flower pendants in autumn colors, for you jewelry designers out there. We have fall dahlias blooming in this color in our front yard right now.
I hope you are enjoying sunny, golden autumn days. Go outside and play in the leaves!
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The talented Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio is this month’s hostess for the AJE Component of the Month Challenge. Rebekah is well known for her delightful polymer clay jewelry components, but for the last year or so, she has been working with leather, as well. Her colorful leather feathers are really inspiring. They come in 2 sizes: large ones for pendants or smaller ones for earring pairs. I requested the smaller earring size and received the pair in the the upper left of this photo.
Even though these are the smaller sized feathers, they are still close to three inches long, so I decided to use mine as a pendant. I folded the top of the feather around one of Karen Totten’s ceramic gear links and I secured it with Irish waxed linen cord. I dangled a copper charm on one side and a copper colored flower with an antiqued brass bird on the other.
The beaded part of the necklace includes lightweight wood beads and Greek ceramic discs. I attached these to a long length of leather, that simply slips over the head, without needing a clasp.
I really like the necklace, but I have 2 questions where I’d appreciate some feedback from readers. Do you like the charms on either side of the feather, or would it look better without them? What do you think about the length of the necklace? Do you think it should be shorter, or not?
Toltec Jewels is hosting a blog hop today, featuring Chicklet Beads from Susan Kennedy of SueBeads. I have designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads before and I really love them, so I was excited to have the opportunity to use these beads again.
Here’s a bracelet I designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads, in May 2014.
For today’s blog hop, I received a plum purple colored Chicklet bead. I like the way these tab beads lay flat in a bracelet design, so I combined my Chicklet bead with other artisan beads and came up with this “Plum Delight” bracelet.
This was an easy inspiration for me. We live minutes away from the very end of Puget Sound. Its common to see the sail boats go gliding by. And I had the perfect pair of ceramic charms from Diana P. of Suburban Girl Studio.
All I had to do was add a few dangles above the sailboats. The blue beads are sodalite and the red beads are glass. I attached them all to Vintaj brass ear wires and now I’m ready to go sailing! Its perfect weather for that today. All I lack is, um, a boat…. Oh well, the earrings are perfect for summer wear, even without a boat!
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Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a giveaway and jewelry reveal. I am the hostess for June. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus three guest artists were given one of my garden themed ceramic components to use in a jewelry design of their making. I can’t wait to see what everyone has created!
I decided to make two pieces of jewelry. First, I made a pair of earrings as a tiny “Thank You” to my ceramic mentor, Marion Pollmann. Marion has been teaching me how to work in clay. Without her offer to take me under her wing, none of this would be happening. I am so very grateful to her! <3
Marion picked out a pair of rustic teardrop flower charms and I made them into earrings for her.
The earring charms were made in layers. I learned how to make a clay “slip” that, when fired, permanently attached the flowers to the teardrop shape. I did a rustic wire wrap and made my own ear wires with accent beads.
Next up, I wanted to make a necklace for myself. It’s funny how infrequently I make something just for me. I’d been dreaming of getting my hands into clay for so long, that I decided I should make a necklace that would mark the realization of a dream come true. The medallion pendant was one of the first pieces I made and it was pretty much a collaborative effort between Marion and I. I love the colors in it and I know I will wear it a lot.
I highlighted the pendant with some bone colored beads and two gorgeous premium Czech glass flower beads. The rest of the necklace is made of serpentine, three sizes and colors of fire polish beads, some size 6 seed beads and brass spacer beads. It is adjustable, with a self-made clasp.
Now comes the fun part! Follow the links below to visit all this month’s jewelry designers! Have fun!