AJE Component of the Month Reveal
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and blog hop. September’s component was made by the talented Lesley Watt of THEA Elements.
Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were each given one of these amazing handmade brass “Bursting Seed Pod” bead caps. I received the green one that is positioned at about 2:00 in the first photo below.
This piece presented a number of challenges to me. First off I wanted to find a bead to fit within the metal piece that Lesley made. I found that Lesley’s bead cap was 18mm large. I had very few beads that were that size and most of the ones I did have, had flowers, swirls or other designs that competed with the pretty design on the top of the bead cap.
At one point I bought a strand of 18mm magnesite beads. The magnesite looked passable with Lesley’s bead cap, but not great. Eventually I located a beautiful lampwork glass bead by Genea Beads that was a perfect match for the bead cap. I strung those 2 components onto a lampwork glass headpin by Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodles.
Nancy was my Bead Soup exchange partner a couple of years ago and she gave me the most amazing collection of her lampwork to work with. I still had 2 headpins and one bead leftover from that exchange. The headpin was perfect for the pendant I was creating, but it had the thickest, toughest metal pin that I have ever encountered. After I’d wrapped the loop at the top, I could not clip the extra wire, no matter how hard I pressed on the cutters. So I brought it to my husband and jokingly told him that I was providing him with an opportunity to show off his manly prowess! He clamped down with all his might and….the pliers broke, but the excess wire remained intact!!! I finally went out into the garage and got the big electrical wire shears and was able to clip the wire. Sheesh!
After that things went fairly smoothly! I am moving toward making more and more of my own ear wires, bails and clasps, so I decided to make my own clasp and use Nancy’s lampwork glass bead that I still had leftover from our exchange. To transition from the beaded double strands to the chain, I used two shell hoops, with one of them serving as the loop for my handmade clasp.
Here’s how the whole necklace looks, on my trusty mannequin, Matilda.
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Lesley’s wonderful Bursting Seed Pod bead caps? Here are all the links. Have fun!
Erin Prais-Hintz – Tesori Trovati
Cate – Fulgorine
Claire Lockwood – Something To Do With Your Hands
Linda Landig – You are here!
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