For 2015 Art Jewelry Elements decided to freshen our monthly challenges a bit and throw some new challenges into the mix. Our January challenge was to go through our stash and find one or more art beads that were created by AJE members and design something with them. My stash of art beads is and this was just the kick in the pants I needed to stop fondling my treasures and start using more of them.
The first piece I made uses a delightful owl pendant that I picked up from Lesley Watt at Bead Fest last summer. Not only do I love the owl design, but the glaze on this one makes me swoon.
The glass and wood beads are strung on two strands of Irish waxed linen, with butter-soft blue leather lacing in the back. I made the clasp out of patina’ed brass and I added a bit of chain so the length is adjustable. The “Night Flight” necklace has been added to my shop now.
I named this necklace “After Midnight”, because Karen and I are both night owls and you can often find us chatting away on Facebook, well after midnight!
And lastly, I have a super pretty pair of earrings that feature Kristi Bowman’s amazing copper hoops with beautiful caramel colored decorative glass headpins by Sue Kennedy. These two were just made to go together! I made the earwires myself and added a pretty spiral twist to the loop portion.
You can find the “Caramel Drop” earrings in my shop.
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