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!
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
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!
Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio is hosting a waxed linen blog hop today. If you are not a jewelry designer, you may wonder what waxed linen is. It is a linen thread that is coated with wax for stiffness and durability. As far as I know, it was originally used for artisan bookbinding and for twining handmade baskets. It comes in many colors and is a fun and versatile material for stringing beads.
A couple of years ago I took a class from Erin Siegel where we learned to make earrings using Irish waxed linen. I’ve been happily knotting linen cording ever since!
When I first heard that Diana was hosting a waxed linen blog hop, I imagined that I would have quite a few pieces of new jewelry to show today. But I’ve been so wrapped up in making ceramic pendants lately, that it wasn’t until last night that I started to work on a necklace.
However, I do love working with with waxed linen, so making this necklace was a pleasure.
The dark blue ceramic beads are from Kazuri Beads. There’s some recycled glass and Czech glass beads, too. I like the way that the linen knots separate the beads, so they stand out more and the way it adds an extra bit of color.
I am looking forward to visiting all the other participants in this blog hop. Their creations will be so inspiring. I’d encourage you to visit their blogs too. The links are below.
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
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!
I’m pleased to share that my “Woodland Blossom Necklace” was featured on the Art Bead Scene Blog today. They sponsor a monthly art challenge where they post a painting and ask people to interpret it and include the use of art beads. I loved this colors in this month’s painting!
Basket of Apples by Paul Cézanne, 1893
Oil on canvas 65 cm × 80 cm (25.6 in × 31.5 in)
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, Art Institute of Chicago
Just look at those juicy yellow greens and the rich reds and oranges! This was right up my alley! And I had the perfect pendant, by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln, to bring out those colors!
I had so much fun creating this and remembering Bead Fest in August when Mary and I swapped jewelry and beads. When I use art beads they have so much meaning to me. It’s not only that they are amazing little pieces of art – it’s that I have formed personal connections with the artists and each art bead speaks to me of its maker, of their talent and skill and of their personality and our connections. So thank you Mary and thank you Art Bead Scene!
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and blog hop. September’s component was made by the talented Lesley Watt of THEA Elements.
Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were each given one of these amazing handmade brass “Bursting Seed Pod” bead caps. I received the green one that is positioned at about 2:00 in the first photo below.
This piece presented a number of challenges to me. First off I wanted to find a bead to fit within the metal piece that Lesley made. I found that Lesley’s bead cap was 18mm large. I had very few beads that were that size and most of the ones I did have, had flowers, swirls or other designs that competed with the pretty design on the top of the bead cap.
At one point I bought a strand of 18mm magnesite beads. The magnesite looked passable with Lesley’s bead cap, but not great. Eventually I located a beautiful lampwork glass bead by Genea Beads that was a perfect match for the bead cap. I strung those 2 components onto a lampwork glass headpin by Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodles.
Nancy was my Bead Soup exchange partner a couple of years ago and she gave me the most amazing collection of her lampwork to work with. I still had 2 headpins and one bead leftover from that exchange. The headpin was perfect for the pendant I was creating, but it had the thickest, toughest metal pin that I have ever encountered. After I’d wrapped the loop at the top, I could not clip the extra wire, no matter how hard I pressed on the cutters. So I brought it to my husband and jokingly told him that I was providing him with an opportunity to show off his manly prowess! He clamped down with all his might and….the pliers broke, but the excess wire remained intact!!! I finally went out into the garage and got the big electrical wire shears and was able to clip the wire. Sheesh!
After that things went fairly smoothly! I am moving toward making more and more of my own ear wires, bails and clasps, so I decided to make my own clasp and use Nancy’s lampwork glass bead that I still had leftover from our exchange. To transition from the beaded double strands to the chain, I used two shell hoops, with one of them serving as the loop for my handmade clasp.
Here’s how the whole necklace looks, on my trusty mannequin, Matilda.