Component of the Month Reveal – July

Is it me or is time running away this year? It’s another month already and time for another reveal for our Art Elements component challenge. This month, components were provided by Susan Kennedy of Suebeads. We each received one of these gorgeous scarabs. I received a stunning etched turquoise green one which as usual I forgot to photograph before I started!

It’s such a pretty delicate colour, I decided to try and do something in keeping with that, rather than my usual pile it on style. So I grabbed a roll of fine silver I’ve been wanting to try out chain making with. Fine silver can be fused rather than soldered and I’ve been wanting to have a go at making my own links for a while, so I created the connectors by fusing a large jump ring, (a lot harder than it sounds!) and twisting them to make links. They were connected together with wire wrapped lilac seed beads.

The chain could do with a tumble to neaten it up a bit, but I didn’t have time before photographing, but still I think it looks pretty good and I’m pleased with my first attempt at fusing silver.

A couple of the longer links with some star charms finished off the design… It makes me think of fireflies!
Big thank you to Sue for a gorgeous component to work with, and if you’d like to see what the rest of the team plus guests made with their scarabs, follow the links below….




Deb Fortin

Lennis Carrier

Barb Fernald


AE Team












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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…



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AJE – Use your stash

This month Jenny challenged us to use our stash for the monthly AJE blog hop. Unfortunately January ran away with me so I only have a WIP. Since I was short on time, I decided that I would go for one piece using my absolutely favourite thing, this wonderful Seal/Selkie cabochon from Jenny Davies-Reazor.


I wanted something with a bit of sparkle, so I decided to etch some copper with a wave design, and set some stones on it. It’s been ages since I made anything in metal. Something I discovered when I tried to find all of my supplies after a good tidy up. I think I spent longer looking for everything than I did making!


The crown settings were bought for using with copper clay and had prongs on the underside, so I sawed those off and soldered them to the etched copper. Silver wire was soldered on to make the prong settings and the seal was set in place.  Sorry the pics aren’t great, I was waiting for some daylight but I think I’ll be here until this time next month for that!



Looking at it, I decided it needed a bit more something, so I dug out some cut topaz and iolite briolettes and added those as dangles.

I’ve not quite decided what to do with the chain part so it’s a work in progress at the moment. I’ve attached some copper wire for now so I can hang it up and ponder what to do next!



If you’d like to see how the rest of the team plus special guests got on with raiding their stash follow the links…

AJE team:
Caroline Dewison << You are here.
Melissa – Bead Recipes
Tammy – Paisley  Lizard
Sarajo – SJ Designs
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Lola – Bead Lola Bead
Samantha – Wescott Jewelry
Mona – Bijoux Gem
Suntsa – Suntsan
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Metal Prong Challenge


You’ve probably noticed, I’m loving the new Artisan Whimsy site… the challenges are really good fun!

The metal team has issued the Metal prong Challenge, and as this type of setting is something I’ve never done before I thought I’d have a bash. I had some pieces of copper already etched so I decided to chop one of these up to make a backing for one of my ceramic cabochons.  I love it that with all the different things I’ve tried over the years, I’m now at a point where I can make a complete piece of jewellery from start to finish. The end result is far from perfect, but luckily I like the arts & craft/rustic style 😉

For the prongs, I used 2mm copper wire (coz I’m a bit of a wimp and thought they’d be more difficult to make a mess of) and set them on the backing in a similar way to the tutorial on the site (check out the post here) I did mine, slightly differently to the way they showed as I didn’t have any rivets, so just sawed the wire flat and soldered straight on to the backing.

The prongs hold on to one of my ceramic face cabs, and sit above a bezel set amethyst cab. I decided to file the face of the prongs, as the wire was so thick it really stood out and didn’t look right, then when everything was set, it was patinated and polished, and strung on a silk cord with Czech glass, copper and grey stone beads.

Thanks to the Metal Team for setting the challenge. I’ve learned quite a lot taking part, (mainly what not to do!) and I hope to use this style of setting in the future in more designs.

If you’d like to take a look at what others in the challenge have done, here’s a link to their blogs…


The Beading Yogini,

Caroline Dewison, BlueBerri Beads,

Pam Farren,

Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments,

Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements,

Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy,

Lisa Laffend,

Laura Medeiros.

Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things,

Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry,

Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs,

Julie Panusis,

Mary Ellen Parker,

Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals,

Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame,

Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery,

Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs,

Jean Wells,

Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs,

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Something different…

I’ve lost my mojo for clay bead making 🙁 Not surprising really, the weather is horrible and I’d clear off if I had the chance! So I decided to leave the clay for a bit and have a go at something completely different. I’ve got a garage full of different things to entertain myself when I’m not feeling very inspired, so I dug out my etching stuff and made these copper cuffs. I’ve been reading all over the place about colouring copper and have never tried it, I think it really makes these designs pop! These and a couple of others will be available in my Etsy shop later 🙂

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