AJE Component of the Month Reveal
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and reveal. August’s component was made by the talented Melissa Meman of Melismatic Art Jewelry. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given gorgeous metal focals that Melissa made for us. I received the pretty mixed metal dogwood pendant in the upper right of this photo.
As usual, I left this project till the last-minute–but that turned out to be fortuitous! Since I’d put off designing my necklace until after I returned home from Bead Fest in Philadelphia, I was able to incorporate some of the new treasures which I brought home with me.
My ideas started perking when I spied a purple and periwinkle lampwork glass leaf sitting on my work table. I bought the leaf from glass artist, Judith Billig, this past May, at a local bead show. Pairing a leaf with the dogwood flower made sense to me and they were proportional to each other and looked good together.
After that, the rest of the ideas flowed quickly. I grabbed a beautiful silk ribbon that Marsha Neal had given me at Bead Fest. Then I added awesome textured ceramic beads that I got at Bead Fest from Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln and a glowing purple raku bead from XAZ Bead Company. To add a bit of contrast to the ceramic, I incorporated a lampwork glass bead from Beads and Botanicals and finished the whole thing off with a clasp I got from Melinda Orr last weekend in Philadelphia.
I love it when ideas just flow together like this. I’m still floating on a creative high from spending 4 days in bead heaven with all my beady buddies at Bead Fest. (More on Bead Fest soon)
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Melissa’s mixed metal focals? Here are all the links. Have fun!
Linda Landig – You are here!
Lesley Watt – Unfortunately, Lesley’s component decided to take a vacation and hasn’t shown up at her house yet 😦 But you can still go check out her great blog!
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