AJE Component of the Month Reveal
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a component giveaway and reveal. May’s component was made by the talented Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus several other artists were each given one of these gorgeous lampwork glass discs that Sue made for us.
I received the disc at the top, with the orange center. I was so delighted, because orange is one of my favorite colors!
Remember last month when I broke one of Jen’s lampwork glass headpins? This month’s Component of the Month was just the opposite experience. The necklace went together quickly and easily and I am rather pleased with it.
I strung the necklace on orange leather cording, attaching the lampwork disc with a larks head knot. Using waxed linen cording, I dangled a flower bead below the disc. The flower is accented with a turquoise seed bead and a tiny transparent, peach colored glass teardrop-shaped bead.
I placed a turquoise, enameled bead by Barbara Lewis, above the glass disc, completing the pendant portion of the necklace. The two round, orange ceramic beads were made by Bo Hulley. The rest of the ceramic and glass beads are commercially made.
About 17 years ago, a bead shop near my parents’ house, bought out all the glass buttons from a defunct German button factory. I bought quite a supply of them back then at a very reasonable price. One of the orange glass buttons worked perfectly as a loop and button closure for this necklace. The necklace measures about 16.5 inches long and the enamel bead will be at about collarbone length on most people.
I made this necklace on a gorgeous spring day. As I looked out my studio window, I noticed that the sky was a clear blue-turquoise, like the beads in the necklace. That’s how this necklace came to be named the “Blue Skies and Sunshine” necklace!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with these lampwork discs? Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements for links to the other Component of the Month blog posts!
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