Component of the Month Reveal – January

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s reveal day for our Art Elements Component of the month challenge. This month the Team & guests were given one of these beautiful Leather cabochons by Lindsay Starr to work with.

I received this gorgeous dark green one!

I decided I wanted to set it somehow and use a druzy cab that I’ve been hoarding. At first I was going to claw set the leather cab, but I couldn’t decide how to use the druzy, so after playing around a bit, I came up with this

I cut copper to fit the back of the cab and soldered a strip to hold the leather in place with a bezel for the druzy. The bottom of the cab is held with a tab. 

Hematite beads and a coated quartz point added a bit of colour with the bronze wire, and copper chain finished of the necklace.

Big thanks to Lindsay for a brilliant component. I’ve had great fun working with mine! 

To see what the rest of the Art Elements team, plus special guests created with their components, follow the links below…

 

Niky

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AE Theme Challenge Reveal – Dragons.

It’s my first post of the year so first I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year. I hope you all had a great holiday and are enjoying the first days of 2017.

Today is the reveal for Niky’s Challenge. She chose Dragons as the theme, a Brilliant subject!, and tasked us all with creating something inspired by these wonderful creatures. 

I immediately though of one of my favourite films, Spirited Away.

Without giving too much away for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the story follows, a young girl, Chihiro, who is moving with her parents, they stop on the journey to their new home and explore an abandoned theme park. She finds herself in a spirit world and on a mission to rescue her parents. Along the way she meets weird and wonderful creatures including a dragon called Haku. I decided I wanted to have a go at sculpting Japanese dragon bead as I thought a flowing body would look great winding around a pendant. 

I decided to colour my version in shades of blue. The pics aren’t great as it’s 8pm and it’s only just cool enough to take out of the kiln…

 

I think I might add a bit of white in to his eye so it stands out more!

If you haven’t seen the film, I would recommend it to everyone, it’s amazing! It’s an animation by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli (with English dubbing) and I didn’t know until just now, but was written for young girls which is awesome, as it isn’t your usual pretty princess story, it’s about growing up, overcoming  your fears, and fighting on against the odds. It does have some mild scary bits, but my little girl, 7, (who is scared of everything!) loves it! 

 

My second favourite dragons are from Game of Thrones, but I thought the actual dragons would be a little too ambitious so I thought why not create them before they’d hatched, so for my second design I created dragon’s eggs! I studied the eggs from the film to recreate a mini bead version.

They were painted with underglaze and glaze fired to finish.

 

I was thrilled to bits with how they turned out and in the excitement, got slightly carried away. They needed a chest, so I dug out a display box, waxed it, and made an insert with foam and silk fabric to hold the eggs.

I don’t usually go in for trends when I’m making, but I couldn’t resist with these. I’m going to make a necklace so the eggs are interchangeable. 

It’s the wrong Daenerys, she should be wearing her wedding dress, but I don’t have that one… you get the idea! These ones are for my personal collection 🙂 

Thanks to Niky for a brilliant challenge, I’ve had loads of fun creating dragon beads! I hope you’ll join us in the hop to see what dragon themed creations the AE team and guests have dreamed up!

 

Guests

Shai Williams

Kathy Lindemer

Anita Rao

Kelly Rodgers

Tammy Adams

 

AE Team

Susan

Jenny

Cathy 

Jen

Niky

Diana

Laney 

Caroline << You are here.

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AE Component of the Month – October

It’s time for another component of the month and our inspiration for October was supplied to us by our wonderful blog leader Jennifer Stout-Cameron. Jen creates in glass and provided each of the team, plus special guests with one of her amazing folk art sugar skulls. You can find her shop here.

I was lucky enough to meet up with her at fellow AE team member Lesley’s house in beautiful Dorset last month, where we had a brilliant weekend of beaches, wine, cheese and beads! I picked my sugar skull and Lesley introduced me to Fireline for bead embroidery and that’s how it all started.

Inspiration struck and I got carried away before remembering that I hadn’t taken a picture of which one I received. So here it is at the point I remembered!

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My idea came from Pinterest. I was looking around for Face painting ideas for my daughter’s Halloween costume (she wanted to be the Queen of Souls from The book of Life… brilliant film if you’ve not seen it!) and I came across an image from a pack of Bicycle playing cards.

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I love the feathered hat on the skeleton, so I decided to use some of my new Fireline and hoarded seed beads to embroider it in to a design. Although it ended up larger than I anticipated, I love how it turned out!

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I think I’m going to use it as a patch on a new bag my husband’s threatened to make for me out of this gorgeous distressed leather.

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Big thanks to Jen for a brilliant component! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about it, and if you’d like to see what the rest of the team and guests have made with their skulls, follow the links below!

Happy Halloween!

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Guest Designers

Staci Louise Smith

Karin Grosset Grange

Solange Collin

 

Art Elements Team

Caroline Dewison << You are here!

Susan Kennedy

Laney Mead

Claire Fabian

Diana Ptaszynski

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Lindsay Starr

Niky Sayers

Lesley Watt

Cooky Schock

Jen Cameron

 

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Beads of Courage Art Charm Swap & Auction

For those of you who were here last year, it’s time for the Beads of Courage Art Charm Exchange and Auction again!

For those of you who weren’t here’s what it’s all about…

The exchange is run by Jennifer Cameron (Glass Addictions) and each year a new theme is set. Each participant makes 11 charms and sends them to Jennifer who then sends us 9 different ones back, plus one of our own. The 11th charm is put in to auction to raise money for the Beads of Courage program.

Beads of Courage is a fantastic charity providing support for children and their families dealing with serious illness.

The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.

 

Each year a theme is chosen to work to, and Jen decided that for 2016 it was Fairytales. I love fairytales and had loads of ideas for what I wanted to make, but I finally decided on Little Red Riding Hood.

My charm was carved in dark clay and glazed in white to pick out the details. It turned out just as I’d hoped with a subtle raised design.

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On one side is Little Red Riding Hood with her basket in the forest.

And on the other, is the wolf racing to Granny’s house.

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In return for my offerings, I received back some wonderful charms.

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I’m thrilled with everything I received and want to say a big thank you to everyone, they’re all stunning. And an extra big thank you to Jennifer for all her hard work and organising!
You can get your hands on one of mine and everyone else’s charm soon. They will be up for grabs in a charity auction. I’ll share details as soon as I have them 🙂
For now, I hope you’ll join us in the blog hop and see what everyone else has made….

Alenka Obid
Andrea Glick
Angelique Gentry
Brooke Bock
Caroline Dewison
Cassi Paslick
Catherine van Alphen
Charlene Jacka
Helena Hatten
Jen Cameron
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Kathy Lindemer
Leona Smith
Lesley Watt
Lori Anderson
Marianne Baxter
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle McCarthy
Patty Miller
Shai Williams
Sheila Prosterman
Susan Kennedy
Terri Del Signore
Vanessa Gilkes

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