This month’s Component Of The Month was made by Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) team member Niky Sayers. Niky, who is from London, England, used 2 old farthing coins to make a very cool bead. I didn’t know how much a farthing was worth or when it had been in use, so I looked it up. A farthing was worth a quarter of an old penny and there were also half farthings and 3 quarter farthings. They were taken out of circulation in 1961.
I knew that I wanted to make a multi-strand bracelet with my farthing bead. I thought this raku bead, from Odd Designs, would add some color while also tying in with the coppery color of the coin. At that point I decided to go for blue and coppery brown in the whole bracelet, along with some smaller spots accent colors.
The blue lampwork glass bead (above, right) by Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions was perfect for my third focal bead.
Each of the three strands of smaller beads has a mix of blue and brown glass beads, with some accent colors and some small copper heshe.. Although each strand is different, they all have some blue glass seed beads with a copper sheen and some of the copper heshe. These common components help to tie the overall design together. I finished the bracelet with a handmade ceramic button by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio.
Thank you Niky for sharing your awesome metalsmithing skills with us in the form of this uber-cool bead! In addition to the AJE team members, 3 lucky guest artists also received farthing beads. My Farthing Bracelet is available in the bracelet section of my shop.
Check out the blogs listed below to see what everyone else made with their farthings.
This month I am excited to be Erin Prais-Hintz’s Pretty Palettes partner. Pretty Palettes is a monthly challenge that Erin hosts on the Halcraft Inspiration blog. Halcraft is a company that produces several different lines of beads for various retailers. Their Bead Gallery® line is made exclusively for Michaels. Each month Erin chooses a theme and selects Halcraft beads inspired by that month’s theme. July’s theme is Aurora Borealis.
Erin also chooses someone to partner with her each month. As her July partner I received this fabulous set of Bead Gallery beads and the pendant. Its hard to catch the shimmer and shine of these beads in a photograph. They are super inspiring! Others can play along with this challenge as well. They can purchase these beads if they want and/or use beads from their stash. My designs will be a combination of the Halcraft beads and coordinating beads from my stash.
So far I’ve made one item and I’m working on more. I can’t show you what I’ve made until the reveal date, which is July 29th. But I will say that I have used almost the whole strand of beads that is on the far right in the photo above and I love how it turned out! I hope you will come back on the 29th for the Pretty Palettes reveal!Linda Landig Jewelry
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!
In preparation for the upcoming holidays, my local Etsy Team has challenged its members to reach 100 listings on Etsy by today. I took up the challenge and am proud to say that I have reached the goal! Here are a few of the new items you’ll find in my shop.
Its time for the Art Jewelry Elements September Component of the Month Reveal! This month’s components are from Kristi Bowman Design.
I love Kristi’s copper metal clay pieces and have used many of them in my jewelry designs over the years. For this month’s design, I chose the first piece in the bottom row of the picture above.
Unfortunately I had a lot going on this month and somehow the end of the September snuck up on me sooner than I expected. So today’s post will be a peek at a work in progress necklace.
I just loosely strung the beads on walnut colored, waxed linen cording, to give you an idea of where I’m going with this. The final piece will be knotted between the beads.
I wrapped the center of Kristi’s pendant with turquoise colored Wooly Wire. I also wrapped two channel beads with Wooly Wire. I love the vibrant turquoise with Kristi’s copper pendant and the Wooly Wire adds such a nice soft texture contrast to the hard copper.
I continued the copper and turquoise theme with some gorgeous, handmade raku beads that I got from Xaz Beads, at Bead Fest last year.
Unfortunately that’s as far as I got with this project. I’ll post an update later this week when I finish the necklace.
So now I encourage you to visit the other participants blogs to see what they created with Kristi’s pendants. And visit Kristi’s shop too, to see more of her work!