The first month of 2015 has gone by in a rush. Our big adventure is that we are living in Oaxaca, Mexico through the end of March. We celebrated the New Year in Oaxaca by dancing to an awesome marimba band and watching fireworks.
Of course I brought beads with me here and I’ve been busy designing new pieces. Oaxaca has been good for my creative mojo.
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal. December’s component was made by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given one of these awesome ceramic snowflake pendants to design with. Today we get to see what everyone created!
I received one of the turquoise snowflakes to work with. I decided to highlight the triangular shaped points of the snowflakes, by using some bicone shaped beads and by creating a triangular shaped clasp.
The triangular link is based on a link from Cindy Wimmer‘s book The Missing Link. I used a bit lighter gauge wire and made it a bit smaller, so it wouldn’t overwhelm Diana’s pendant. Then I used the same basic idea, but created a hook on one end, so I could use it as a clasp.
The beads are strung on walnut colored Irish waxed linen. The beautiful batiked ribbon wrapped a bead order I got from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio. It has some turquoise in it, along with shades of blue, black and green. So pretty and it was a perfect finishing touch for my necklace.
Thank you Diana for sharing your pendants with us! Visit Suburban Girl Studio to see more of Diana’s work!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Diana’s snowflake pendants? Click on the links below to see what the other participants created. Have fun!
I love autumn in ways that I can’t even find words for. The colors stir something deep inside me. I’m filled with inspiration.
I took this inspiration with me into the studio. I’ve been unhappy with many of my recent ceramic pieces, which have been tossed into my “Fugly Bin” and have not been posted online. But this….this I love! It says fall to me in big, bold, vibrant colors. I was so happy when this pendant came out of the kiln today!
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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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.
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!