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’s components are beautiful beaded beads by Sue Kennedy ofSue Beads. I love her beaded beads and her color choices!
Sue’s beaded beads are an obvious choice for earrings, but this time I decided to switch it up a bit and make a bracelet.
I paired Sue’s bead with a lampwork bead by my friends at Beads and Botanicals. and a pretty matte bead with light blue stripes.
I enjoy making bracelets that go from one strand to multi-strands and that was my approach here. When I started my Facebook Destash Group several weeks ago, I realized that I’d been neglecting my gemstone collection, so I chose some amethysts and pearls for the for the first two strands.
Although I rarely use Swarovski crystals any more, they were exactly what this bracelet called for in the third strand.
While I like each strand to be different, I try to tie them all together with some repeating components, in this case, I have light purple seed beads and small, blue cubes in every strand.
At this point, I knew that my usual brass or copper clasps were not going to work at all for this bracelet. Instead I selected a beautiful, hammer textured sterling silver toggle clasp. Ooo, so lovely!
When I was a kid, I had a little garden plot where I grew purple irises. They made me happy and so does this “Iris Bracelet“.
Check out my new life-sized wrist model! This is her début! Does she help you picture how the bracelet would look on you? I hope so.
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!
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
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. May’s giveaway component was made by Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given a set of these beautiful lampwork glass flower beads that Sue made for us. I was given the blue set on the far right.
First I must say that I really love these beads. You know me – I <3 flowers, plus I like the unusual shape. The fact that this shape lays flat on the wrist, makes them especially well suited to bracelet designs. I do have an earring design in mind too, but that will have to wait till another time.
I used one of Lesley Watt’s gorgeous brass bracelet bars as the focal of my bracelet. Sue’s beads frame it perfectly. I love these three together. I think they were made for each other! I furthered the floral theme with two Czech glass flower beads. The rest of the bracelet is fire polished beads and little glass seed beads, finished with a decorative antiqued brass toggle clasp.
It is a simple design, but quite eye-catching and elegant. I can personally attest to the eye-catching part. I wore it today and the lady at the grocery store asked me about it and wanted not just one of my business cards, but several to share with the other women who work there!
I named this bracelet after the beautiful blue Cornflower (aka Bachelor Button). When you look at the photo below, you’ll see what a perfect match this name is.
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Susan’s lampwork glass beads? – Here are all the links.Have fun blog hopping!
April’s Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) giveaway was hosted by the multi-talented Lesley Watt of Thea Elements. Members of the AJE team, plus a few lucky guest artists, were given one of these delightful, ceramic button clasps that Lesley made for us.
Here’s the bracelet I made with the clasp that I received.
I combined Lesley’s clasp with an enameled bead in a matching color, a yellow-peach colored ceramic cube from Suburban Girl and a faceted polymer clay bead from Second Surf. The back of the bracelet has 3 strands of glass cube beads, interspersed with purple Czech glass seed beads. I strung them all on denim blue Irish waxed linen and added a Czech glass flower dangle near the clasp.
I called this the “Happy Day Bracelet” because I had the most delightful day when I made this bracelet. I began the day with my first session of a volunteer job tutoring a young man in basic reading skills. Our first session went much better than expected. I felt that old thrill that I always experienced as a teacher, when I could see that real learning was taking place. There’s nothing like it! After the tutoring session, I came home and made this bracelet. Then after dinner, I went to Marion Pollman’s studio for a ceramics lesson. We glazed my first batch of ceramic pendants and charms. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that Marion is helping me to make my ceramic dreams come true! After all that goodness in one day, I was just certain that this had to be called the “Happy Day Bracelet“!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Lesley’s awesome button clasps? Here are all the links. Have fun!
Yes, you read that correctly: Super Bead Sunday! It all started when Shannon German, (Miss Fickle Media), jokingly posted, “Is there a special activity going on today?”, on Facebok. Heather Powers (Humble Beads) replied, “Super Bead Sunday? Can we declare that???” I chimed in with, “I’ll second that, Heather!”. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Heather quickly wrote up the following rules:
Make something beady inspired by one of the teams colors playing the Super Bowl today .
Snap a photo and share it on the Create Bead Chat Super Bead Sunday Photo Album. (Click right here) If you aren’t a member, join right now!
You have until half-time today.
After the half-time show I will pick two random entries.
Then she and Marla James put together the following prizes: Prizes: a $48 gift certificate from Humblebeads and a collection of ceramic beads from
Marla’s Mud worth $60! And the crowd cheers for Heather and Marla!!!!
I grew up in the Seattle area and now live just an hour and a half south of Seattle, so guess which team colors I used for my bracelet? Yup! Seahawks Rule! To say that Seattlites are a little Hawks crazy right now is a bit of an understatement.