Component of the Month Reveal May

This month’s host for the Component of the Month challenge is the lovely Lesley Watt. Lesley creates in clay (amongst other mediums) and offered these gorgeous shell pendants and cabs for us to design with. You can see more of Lesley’s clay work as well as her jewellery at http://www.lesleywatt.com

 

I received this gorgeous little cab to work with.

I started off as I usually do, having a root around for something to add to create a design. I knew I wanted to bezel the cab, but wasn’t sure what I’d create. I came across one of Lesley’s earlier designs, a half moon shaped bar in the perfect colours to match the cab. Upside down, it made a perfect frame.

I added a single row of seed beads around the cab (ignore the white backing I need to sort that!) And sewed some jump rings on, before backing it with suede. 

I wrapped the ceramic bar with bronze wire which was patinated and added drops with mookaite and bronze daggers.

The chain part was made with suede and bronzed beads, I’ve not got as far as adding a clasp.

I think it turned out with quite a tribal feel. I did wonder if it needed more daggers at the base of the cab, but I’ll have a think about that while I find a clasp!

Big thanks to Lesley for a brilliant challenge, I’ve had fun working with my cab!

If you’d like to see what the rest of the team, plus guests created with their components, follow the links 🙂 

 

Guests
 
Art Elements team
Caroline Dewison  << You are here 🙂 
 
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Beading back in Time Blog Hop

 

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I was really excited when I heard about the Beading back in time blog hop run by co-hostesses Lindsay Starr and Sherri Stokey.

It’s going to be split in to 4 parts run across the year with different themes through history. The first topic is Pre human. instantly I knew that I would be focusing my designs on fossils and rocks. I’m a bit of a secret rock nerd and have boxes full of stones, crystals and fossils I’ve gathered from places I’ve visited. I love anything to do with geology.

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My all time favourite are ammolites.

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I decided I wanted to try and recreate the beautiful effect of these opalised fossils in some beads. I have seen numerous tutorials around the web with instructions for creating polymer clay opal. I found out the materials used and set about trying to make my own version.

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They are earthenware clay fired without glaze and set with mica in resin. I think they could have done with a couple of layers of mica rather than just one to fill out the pools a bit more, but I’m thrilled that they worked reasonably well and turned out so sparkly!

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For my next make, I decided I wanted to make some fossils. I have quite a few shells and sea lilies that I have collected myself, but imagine finding something as amazing as this…

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I find it incredible that so much detail can be captured in rock, and it fascinates me to imagine the things that have been on the earth millions of years before us.

So I wanted to make something that had an ancient feel about it. I made some rough stone shapes in raku clay and glazed them with copper and crackle glazes and resist.

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My favourite is definitely this darker version, the background colour has been created by smoke from the fire with glaze used to draw out the design.

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I also attempted a trilobite, although I don’t think it was quite as effective as the fish skeleton.

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I’ve had great fun taking part in the first instalment of the Beading back in time hop, Thank you to Lindsay and Sherri for organising such a great event! If you’d like to see what they and the rest of the participants made, follow the links…

Co-hostess: Lindsay Starr of Phantasm Creations

Co-hostess: Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

Kelly Rodgers of Beadin’ Black & Blue

Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio

Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads

Melissa Trudinger of Boho Bird Jewellery

Sue Kennedy of SueBeads

Stephanie and Chris Haussler of Pixibug Designs

Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions

Jean Wells of Jean A. Wells Artisan Jewelry

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AJE Component of the month – January

Use your stash!

 

That was the rule for this months AJE component of the month challenge.  Rather than one of us supply the same component to every one, we each supplied a blog reader with one of our components, and team members used what we had hidden away.

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I dive in to my special stash quite often, but I never use any of it, so the challenge for me was to take my treasures and turn them in to something rather than just fondle them and put them away again.

The first piece I chose was by Diana Ptaszinski (Suburban Girl Studio)

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I have a few pieces of Diana’s, but this is my favourite, a gorgeous large ceramic donut. If you’re going to do it, you may as well go for it! I teamed it up with enamelled bead caps by Anne Gardanne, copper wire and teal seed beads.

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I added some Czech glass up near the clasp to echo the green of the enamel.

Next, I chose an owl focal by Jenny Davies-Reazor.

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I cheated a little bit and used more than one AJE member component, a seed beaded bead by Kristen Stevens. The tiny facetted beads are pyrite and the holes are so small, they wouldn’t take a needle, so they were strung with steel wire. To finish off, I used pewter seed beads for the chain.

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The leaf dangle is by Kristi Bowman-Gruel and the ceramic bead and oak leaf dangle are made by me.

Next up I chose a bead that I have hoarded for a long time to use more of Kristi’s copper. The focal is made by Pixie Willow Designs and is one of my favourites.

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I wanted to keep it simple, so I chose 2 glass spacers to compliment the focal and a different design of leaf by Kristi.

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I strung Amethyst and copper chain to make a long dangly necklace and added a couple of Czech beads for a little sparkle on one side.

And finally, I chose components from Jennifer Stout Cameron.

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I wrapped one of her headpins with a Marsha Neal ceramic flower to create a clasp.

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The bracelet was made with aqua blue crystal rondelles, Czech glass, and more of Jen’s lamp work, and the whole thing was finished off with one of Kristi’s charms.

I’ve really enjoyed using up my stash, they’re all quite simple designs and all started off being more complicated, but after playing around, I felt that too much going on around the components put them in to the background. Now I think they really stand out and are definitely the stars of the show! And now I have big gaps in my box, so I better go and do some more shopping! 😉

As well as AJE Team members, and winners, we’ve invited anyone else who wants to join in to take part in the hop. To see what we’ve all made, follow the links!

 

AJE team: 

Kristen Stephens

Susan Kennedy

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Lesley Watt  

Melissa  Meman

 Lindsay Starr

Jennifer Cameron

Caroline Dewison

Linda Landig

Guest Participants ( aka winners)

Lee – Strega Jewellry

Shai – Shai’s Ramblings

Samantha- Wescott Jewelry

Kathy – Bay Moon Designs

Nikki – Silver Nik nats

Melissa Trudinger

Becky Pancake

Yvette – Blue Kiln Beads

Karin – Ginko et Coquelicot

Bonus participants! 

Sarajo Wentling

Leah Curtis

Susan Delaney 

Karen Z

Christine walker

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Autumn Design Challenge Reveal

Well it would seem that my blog posts are like buses… nothing for ages, then two come along at once! Dare I say, I might be seeing a bit of organisation happening?

Today’s post is the big reveal for the Blueberribeads/TheaToo Autumn design challenge.  I’m still stupidly excited to be hosting a hop along with my lovely friend Lesley, and can’t wait to set off visiting everyone to see what other people have created with our beads and bronze.

So, quick recap and then I’ll show piccies of my makes…

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These are the sets that were sent out to the participants with the challenge of creating something fabulous with an Autumn theme. I was thrilled when Lesley sent me these pics by how perfectly the ceramic and bronze worked together.

I chose the beads I was going to use from my stash and set about coming up with my designs. Nothing really jumped out at me, but last weekend, I had a flash of inspiration and got making, so this is what I came up with, I hope I’ve done Lesley’s beautiful components justice!

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The first component of Lesley’s that I chose was one of her coloured bracelet bars. I teamed this up with a pewter heart, cog, melon, bird and a couple of rounds of my own, a melon from Gaea, and a bobbly round from Suburban Girl Studio. I’ve had those two in my stash for ever and was reluctant to part with them, but they matched in with the palette perfectly. I used patinated copper wire for the wraps and bronze for a hook making the bar into a clasp.

Next up, I chose a snowflake disc from Lesley… it can snow in Autumn!

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When I first started out properly crafting, I made dreamcatchers, so I though it would be nice to recreate one as a piece of jewellery. I wrapped the snowflake with the dark copper wire to make some eyes for hanging, and dangled one of my black clay feathers and lustred rounds with Czech beads. The pendant is hung from some beautiful hand dyed silk cord from the lovely Diane at Sowzere.

And finally, because I was on a roll… I made a cuff.

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I’d been eyeing up this gorgeous enamelled pendant for ages, but didn’t really want to make another necklace, so after some very careful drilling, I managed to get a hole on the opposite side to turn it into a focal for this cuff.

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I found these gorgeous Autumn shade super duo beads on my last visit to The Bead Shop Liverpool, I love how they fit together, they’re really slinky! The raggy ribbon is again from Sowzere and these were all attached to a piece of leather with some ribbon crimps.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Lesley for teaming up with me for this hop, I’m sure you’ll agree, her components are stunning! And thank you to everyone who joined in with us!

To see what everyone else has made, here are the links… I’ve got my coffee and I’m off for a browse!

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