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.
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.
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!
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.
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).