Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal

Niky Sayers makes the most delightful clasps out of old coins. I’ve designed jewelry with her clasps before and was excited to throw my name in the hat to win one of her hare clasps this month.

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I am always inspired by autumn colors and textures.  It’s easy to picture hares hopping through fallen leaves while scoping out safe burrows for their winter retreats, (although, do hares only live in drier regions? Hmmm, I may have to look into that… )

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And that’s how the idea for this bracelet came to be.  I paired one of my ceramic leaf bracelet focals with Niky’s hare clasp and accented it with earthy, fall colors.

The bracelet went through two iterations.   Version 1 is shown below.  Originally I wanted the clasp near the front, hoping it would be more in the spotlight there. I was pleased with version 1 initially.  I took all the bracelet photos for this blog post and went about the rest of my day, wearing my new bracelet.

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However, the more I wore it, the less I liked it.  It was too bulky and it didn’t drape gracefully on my wrist. It just looked stiff and chunky.

Should I start over, including re-doing all the photos?  Yup, it just wasn’t right and I knew that I would always feel uneasy about it, if I left it as version 1.

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Enter Version 2.  Much better.  Some of the bulk in the front was reduced by moving the clasp to the back of the bracelet. I also replaced the bulky and awkward tip drilled pearls, with a double strand of smaller “peanut” beads.

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Now there is a focus of interest in both the front and the back. The bracelet curves to the shape of the wrist, rather than standing out at stiff angles.  I’ve said this before, but I think that creating jewelry is like writing an essay.  First you free-write to express all your ideas. Then you go back and do the painstaking work of editing it down to the down to the crystallized essence of your vision.  I hope you can see that process at work here.

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Many thanks to Niky for the opportunity to design with her awesome clasp.  And thanks, also, to my friends at Art Elements for hosting this giveaway and blog hop.

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Now please visit all the participants in this blog hop, to see how they have used Niky’s clasp in their own unique designs.

Guest Designers

Linda Landig

Kathy Lindemer

Divya N

Art Element Team

Claire Fabian

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Susan Kennedy

Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt

Diana Ptaszynski

Lindsay Starr

Laney Mead

Niky Sayers

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June 2017 Component Challenge

Today is the reveal for the June 2017 Component Challenge, hosted by Janice Everett in her Facebook group Artisan Create Together Mari Carmen of Majoyoal  donated 12 pairs of her beautiful ceramic components for this Challenge. I received one of the violet pairs from the picture below.

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I  really admire Mari Carmen’s way with glazes.  Her color combinations and the way she swirls the glaze colors together, without them ever looking muddy, just fills me with awe. 

English Tea Garden Earrings 2bFor some reason the larger Czech glass flowers in my photos look like they are blue.  In reality they are lavender and purple with hints of gold. The Swarovski crystals are a pale, translucent green which echos the green at the top of Mari Carmen’s ceramic components.

English Tea Garden Earrings 1aMari Carmen lives in Spain and I speak a little very basic Spanish. Whenever she comments on my Facebook page in Spanish, I try to read it without hitting the translate button, although she frequently comments in English too.  If I am able, I like to comment on her posts in Spanish.  You may remember that we lived in Oaxaca, MX for 3 months, two or three years ago. So I like to use my tiny bit of Spanish when I can.

English Tea Garden Earrings 3aI just want to thank Janice for all the work she puts into Artisan Create Together and I’d like to thank Mari Carmen for generously sharing her beautiful ceramic components with us.

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Ceramic Heart Pendants And Charms

Dotted Heart 3I’ve been adding some heart shaped pendants to my shop, because Valentines Day is quickly approaching.  I’m not much into the traditional pink and bright red, but I did make one pink heart because I know that many of you are fans of that color.  The heart is lightly textured and the pink glaze has faint flecks of blue in it.  One of Pantone’s 2016 Spring Colors  is Rose Quartz Pink.  This heart fits the bill nicely!

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Rose Quartz Pink Ceramic Heart

Sticking with the Pantone theme a bit longer, I’ve created a heart that is half Rose Quartz Pink and half Serenity Blue, (another Pantone color for 2016).  I rather like this one and hope to have time to make other “half ‘n half” hearts.

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Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz Pink heart pendant

I’m not a big fan of the bright, fire engine red that often shows up in heart designs, but I do love brick red.  In fact, as I am writing this, I realize that I’m wearing a brick red shirt layered over a navy blue tee, today.  I think I’ll need a heart to go with it!  The heart at the top of today’s post would work, or the one below.

I also made a dark green heart pendant. It has two related, but different patterns on it.
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Just for fun, (well all of this is fun, truth be told), I made some little heart charms, that would be sweet hanging off a bracelet or as a component dangling below a larger focal bead.
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Keep a watch on my shop and on my Facebook page, because I’ll soon be adding a pair of heart earring charms, flower pendants, charms and cabs as well as other bits and bobs.

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

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Component Of The Month Reveal – Doubled

Caroline Dewison, of Blueberri Beads, was our component hostess this month. Everyone received one of these unique and awesome lichen components.

I love how Caroline’s lichen have little cup shapes. This photo shows some similarly shaped lichen, that I saw during a walk, with my husband on the beach.

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And here’s the lichen necklace, that I designed with Caroline’s pendant.

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The green is quite intense, so I wanted a neutral background color, where the eyes could rest.  So I picked up the gray background in the pendant and added gray wooden cubes, 3 gray polymer rounds and some gray titanium hematite tubes that I picked up at Bead Fest last August. A rounded triangular polymer clay bead by Staci Louise Originals in black and straw-brown furthers the muted tones.

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I highlighted the green, with a great, textured ceramic tube bead by White Clover Kiln.  I also used some green pearls, 2 green rubber rings and fun, green pellet beads.

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I had some glass druk beads from Bead Fest that are the exact teal-turquoise color as the center of the lichen “cups”.  So I added 3 of those to accent the lichen centers.

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To find out more about this necklace or to make a purchase, go to Linda Landig Jewelry

And here’s why the title of this post says that the Reveal is doubled.  When we had the August COM Reveal, I could only show a work-in-progress photo of the necklace I was making with Diana’s pendant.  Well, it’s finally done,  so I’m sharing the finished necklace now!

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In addition to the pendant, the turquoise, ceramic round bead was also made by Diana.  Artisan ceramic beads by Karen Totten of Starry Road and Gaea are also included in this necklace.  The beads are strung on Irish waxed linen and the chain is upcycled from an old purse of mine.   This necklace is now available in my shop.

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I want to thank Caroline for sharing her lichen pendants with us.  It was a delight to work with.

This is a blog hop and I encourage you to visit the blogs listed below to see what the other participants have made with Caroline’s stunning pendants.

Guest Artists

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

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Raven Theme – Work In Progress

October’s AJE Component of the Month challenge centered on a raven theme, rather than on a specific component.  Participants were invited to create raven  jewelry or jewelry components.

On the Art Jewelry Elements blog, Karen shared some Native American origin stories and Jenny wrote about Celtic and Norse raven mythology.

RAVENI have had very little time to focus on jewelry this month, as we’ve been busy getting our house ready to put on the market. However, I thought I could at least show you some preliminary drawings.

RAVEN 9Unlike some of my AJE teammates, I have no background in drawing or painting and I’ve only recently begun making a few tentative sketches.  My 1st idea was to keep things simple and just draw a raven feather that I could translate into a pendant.  Even though you’d think a feather would be easy to draw, it took me quite a long time to get the shape and proportions to my liking.  I think this will transfer well into clay.  I have some ideas for patterns to go inside the feather outline.  Can’t wait to carve out some time, so I can get my hands back into clay.

I got to see one of Caroline’s initial raven drawings and Jennifer has been privately sharing some of her drawings from a college class she has been taking this semester.  They inspired me to try drawing a raven head.  Three labored attempts landed in the trash before the drawing you see below.  And I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I erased portions of this picture, because I couldn’t get the proportions right.  This was several hours of work.  Obviously this does not come naturally to me.  But I’m all about stretching beyond your comfort zone.  Karen helped me see that this guy needs a bit more structure at the top of the head, especially at the juncture with the beak.  But overall I’m pretty happy with him – I surprised myself!  I have no plans to make this raven head into a pendant.  I just challenged myself to try drawing this for the fun of it.  I do plan to make use of the feather, though.

RAVEN 8aAlthough I have a raven pendant from Jenny Davies-Reazor, I ran out of time to design a necklace with it.  I will, however, share a finished necklace that is already in my shop and just waiting to fly home with someone.

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Blue Raven Necklace 3Blue Raven Necklace 2This is a blog hop!  So head on over to Art Jewelry Elements to get links to all the other participants.  I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!

And by the way-

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I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

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Oak Leaf And Acorn Necklace

AJE Component Of The Month Reveal

I hosted the September Component of the Month on the Art Jewelry Elements blog. Each of the participants received one of the pendants below.

COM PendantsAfter distributing the pendants, I got the idea to make some with 3 loops, rather than two.  My design features one of the new three loop pendants.

COM 1aUsing Irish waxed linen I dangled a pewter squirrel, by Green Girl Studio from the bottom loop.  At the front of the necklace,  I knotted mossy green glass, wood, recycled glass and trade beads, on orange leather cording.  The back is a simple pattern of seed beads.

COM 3aI have one 2-loop oak leaf pendant in my shop now and will be adding a few more 2 and 3 loop pendants later this afternoon or early evening.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this month’s COM.  To see everyone’s creations, follow these links!

AJE Team

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Autumn Pendant Giveway

Ready to move into designing jewelry for autumn?  I’m hosting a giveaway over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog that might help you get started.  2 lucky people will each win one of my ceramic Oak Leaf & Acorn pendants.

To find out to enter the giveaway, go to Art Jewelry Elements and read the directions carefully.  Then throw your name in the hat and cross your fingers!

Good luck!

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Good luck!