Kaz Baildon Bead Giveaway Blog Hop

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Kaz Baildon Bead Giveaway Blog Hop

My online friend, Lesley Watt of THEAtoo is hosting today’s blog hop.  Lesley’s friend, Kaz Baildon, gave Lesley a generous bunch of her lampwork glass beads.  In turn Lesley shared this gift with a randomly chosen group of designers.  I received the bead shown below and today we are revealing what we created with the beads we were given. 

lampie from lesley

Unfortunately I left this task till the last minute and as it turned out, I became sick at the last minute.  I nevertheless designed the necklace and I quite like how it turned out.   I placed the button on the side and used a pendant by Marsha Neal.  Small cube beads and purple seed beads weave in and out of larger lilac colored beads.

Perfect Purple Necklace


Perfect Purple Necklace

Perfect Purple Necklace


Perfect Purple Necklace

Perfect Purple Necklace

Now you can have some fun hoping through the blogs of the other participants.  Everyone received different beads, so it will be fun to see all the different designs that everyone created.  Have fun.  I’ll be lying on the couch, under some blankets, with a mug of hot tea, and decongestants while perusing all this creativity!

Lesley Watt – www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Cory Tompkins – http://tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Rebecca Anderson – http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Marie Cramp – http://skyejewels.blogspot.com
Claire Braunbarth – http://smittenbeads.blogspot.com
Heidi Post – http://http://expostfactojewelry.blogspot.com
Tiffany Smith – http://southerngalsdesign.blogspot.com
Sharyl Macmillan-Nelson – http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com
Ailsa Cordner – http://www.bramalfiebeadsetc.co.uk/
Linda Landig – https://lindalandig.wordpress.com
Caroline Dewison – http://blueberribeads.com
Renetha – http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Kari Asbury – http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Niky Sayers – http://silverniknats.blogspot.com
Purple Cobwebs – http://www.purplecobwebs.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins – http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com/
Therese Frank – www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Claire Ennis – http://clairescrystalclassics.blogspot.com
Emma – http://apolymerpenchant.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer – http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Alicia – http://www.allprettythings.ca
Sandy Huntress – http://keepsakecrafts.net/blog/
Lori Bowring Michaud – http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Amy – http://copperdiem.blogspot.com
Katherine Gale – http://terrabeadworks.blogspot.com

AJE Component Of The Month Challenge

(Find the Challenge Of Color blog hop here!)


Every month the Art Jewelry Elements team hosts a component of the month challenge.  For the November challenge, Lesley Watt of  THEAtoo provided an absolutely gorgeous snowflake focal, which she created with bronze metal clay. 


I received the snowflake on the top left.  I’d imagined these as being button sized, but they are actually quite large.  Once I saw the actual size, I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to do.  So I started playing with beads in my stash that might work with the design I pictured in my head.  Here’s my snowflake, sitting on the coffee table with some loose beads.  I tried out several different arrangements before I was satisfied.

Nov 2012  AJE COM 1

One of my current jewelry goals is to improve my wire working skills, so I decided to wire all the components, instead of stringing them.  There are 3 different methods of wire wrapping in the finished necklace.

Snowflake Necklace 5

And here’s how it turned out.  I’m really pleased with it!  The colors are quite unusual, especially for a snowflake necklace, which usually ends up being blue.  Blue is OK, but I really like these colors with the bronze and I like that the colors introduce an element of surprise to the winter theme.  Winter can get really bleak in western Washington and I need bursts of color to keep myself energized!

Snowflake Necklace 1

In addition to Lesley’s snowflake, I used turquoise clay beads by Summers Studio, a greenish-brown bead by Artisan Beads and a pale blue bead by Gaea.  In addition to the handmade components, I added turquoise, pressed glass and a glass chevron bead.

Snowflake Necklace 4

The AJE team members who are part of this blog hop are listed below as well as the 2 lucky readers who won a snowflake component.  Check out their fantastic designs.  You will be amazed at all the creative talent in this group! 

Additionally, I encourage you to check out the Challenge of Color blog hop which is  going on today also (and was mentioned at the start of today’s post).