And it's time for another Component of the Month with Art Elements. This month we had a guest contributor - Kristie Roeder of Artisan Clay. Even though I didn't get chosen to use one of the components she gave away, I had one in my stash that I had recently reclaimed from an unsold necklace, so I decided to play along!
As usual, I did not take a photo of the piece before I used it. But really, did you expect me to?
I really enjoy the zen I get from bead weaving, so I decided that's what I was going to do with this ceramic ring. However, the hole in the middle presented a dilemma to me. I had seen Jennifer Cameron made a piece and filled in the hole with a perfectly sized czech bead; however, I didn't have any. I did, however, have this lucite flower bead, and I used a small czech flower in the middle, and a size 15 cobalt bead to hold it all in place!
I have these awesome black necklace blanks so I decided to make the loops to simply string on one of them. I have to get better at my loops - not sure what happened to those skills, they must have left my brain!
Please check out what everyone else made with their Kristie Roeder creations!
Art Elements has a new group on FaceBook! Art Elements Extras! Here we will destash some of our own beads and creations, and later, other components and beads as well! Since it's opening weekend, we have some giveaways too! So hop on over and ask to join the group!
UPDATED to add: There's a small hitch with the eBay auction, new details will be posted as soon as available.
Today is the reveal for the Beads of Courage Charm Swap and Auction, once again hosted by Jennifer Stout Cameron. This year the theme was Fairy Tales. This was a bit of a challenge for me. Until I got this in the mail:
I don't even think this is the one I ordered, but I wasn't going to send it back to the UK and exchange it, so I kept it. I immediately thought "pot of gold" when I saw that one roller section.
So, I looked up the leprechaun and pot of gold legend and the rest, as they say, is history.
First, here are my charms:
And now, the story of the leprechaun and the “Pot O’ Gold”
Fairy Tale: Leprechaun
The Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.They are depicted as tiny, solitary, bearded
men who cause mischief.According to
legend, they spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of
gold at the end of the rainbow.If
captured by a human, they will grant them three wishes to obtain their freedom.
My charm is a pot of gold, with the gold being a gold bead on top of the pot, and then a Celtic charm hanging from it.
And these are the charms I received!
From top, left to right: Melissa Trudinger, Caroline Dewison, Jenny Davies-Reazor, Lesley Watt, Cate Van Alphen
Second Row, left to right: Terri DelSignore, Cassi Paslick, Patty Miller, Brooke Bock, Marianne Baxter
I really didn't have a lot of creative time this month as I had a bunch of concrete work done at my house and, I don't know about you, but I can't get a thing done when people are working at my house. The noise and dust really precluded me from making beads as it wrecked my concentration. So I wasn't going to have anything for this month's challenge until I remembered this morning I made a tree bead in the JC Herrell class I took two summers ago! So here it is!
I do have ideas for making more tree beads but so far, haven't done it. I'm late to the party!
Here are the other participants please take a look at what they created! It was a fun challenge for many people!
It's the end of August, which means it's time for another Art Jewelry Elements challenge! This month it was a headpin design challenge, and I am ALL OVER IT! I have a few headpin tutorials over at the Art Jewelry Elements blog:
And then I made all of these other earrings with my headpins!
These earrings used pretty filigree copper bead caps with czech beads and a size 8 seed bead.
These earrings used a gorgeous brass bead cap with a titanium hematite rondelle and a size 8 seed bead in a complementary color.
These beach inspired earrings used an ammonite headpin with titanium hematite spacers, and a gorgeous coppered aqua pumpkin bead, an indonesian bead, a wood bead, and a size 11 seed bead to capture all of the elements of the beach!
And these earrings, which are also beach themed, using an ammonite headpin, titanium hematite spacer beads, czech faceted rondelles and a titanium hematite round.
I was also inspired by these pretty enameled beads that I have been making to turn them into headpins as well!
And I made even more!
And yes, I was so excited by this topic I made beach headpins too! These headpins are not perfectly shaped, on purpose; I wanted a little character with these headpins!
So, as you can see, I really enjoyed the challenge this month! Please check out what everyone else who participated made by visiting their links! Thanks for stopping by! Oh, and you can find my headpins in my SueBeads etsy store!