I swear someone is stealing days from the months…I can’t believe it’s time for another Component of the Month design challenge reveal already! But it is and the pretties we were give to play with this month come in the form of these gorgeous lampwork focals by Jen Cameron. True to form I forgot to photograph my particular bead but it looks similar to the one back left in this image. Continue reading “Turning Tides – Art Elements Design Challenge”
This months Component of the month comes to you courtesy of Jennifer Stout-Cameron who provided the Art Elements team and our guests with these super funky sugar skull beads. I love these beads and wanted to do something fun in keeping with their quirkiness but, the bright colours are not usually something I would work with so it took some thinking. Much of said thinking revolved around flowers and dangles but I didn’t have quite the right colours and then an idea struck me while rummaging around in my jewellery box.
I particularly like the dark plummy accents on the focal and wanted to try and pick this up in some way so I dug out some lovely matte peanut and seed beads from Smitten Beads and strung them with some of the accent beads from the soup. The Rudraksha beads and the gorgeous brass filigrees add a lovely warmth and although It’s a fairly traditional design I think it’s very pleasing to the eye.
Next I wanted to do something which incorporated the copper clasp Silke had made which I felt was crying out for a bracelet. I decided to go asymmetrical and fairly casual and went for Waxed linen for the stringing material, randomly adding beads from the soup mix along with a few of my own bronze discs.
I finished the cord tails off with some more of the peanuts beads and that was it – simple but effective.
For my next piece I chose the round focal bead which is probably my favourite but it is rather large so it took some thinking about. In the end I decided on a very long necklace with simple accents to show of the full beauty of the focal. The chunky Vintaj chain is interspersed with lovely sea green crystals (again from Smitten Beads) and both these elements are repeated as dangles below the focal.
I also added one of my bronze flying birds as a dangle and a few matte and shiny peanut beads to the bail to highlight the colour on the focal. This piece did prove somewhat difficult to photograph clearly but I hope you can get an idea.
Last but not least, I used a couple of the smaller lampwork beads to make some earrings which will go with any of the other pieces. The beads are wrapped in bronze wire with a length of chain suspended from the bottom. I added some more peanut beads ( can you tell I rather like these peanuts…) to small jump rings and attached these to the entire length of the chain and finished off with the sea green crystals. These have a lovely sense of movement and texture and I liked them so much I’ve made some similar styles since.
I still have 1 focal, the silk and a few beads left so there will be more to come but for now that is my serving of bead soup – I’m so excited to see what Silke has done with the beads in the picture below which I sent her and I hope you will pop over to her blog too and take a look.
I’d also like to offer a huge vote of thanks to Lori Anderson and her helpers for organising yet another epic event and being a huge inspiration to us all.
To see the designs made by all the other participants just use the links below and start hopping.
As always I left everything until this last week having decided that being a last minute Mary is part of my genetic make up and there’s no point trying to change now. But since late last week I’ve been somewhat under the weather and for the last few days have been confined to bed dosing myself on antibiotics and painkillers. So when I did get around to starting on my design on Monday I had to limit myself to simple ideas and tools that I could use from bed – no sharp objects or heat involved here then.
Anyway, all that aside I had already decided I wanted to make something fun and as the focal is quite detailed I thought a simple treatment was suitable. I also happen to have a rather large jar of odds and ends of lampwork spacers so I had a good sort through those and came up with some in co-ordinating colours. I’ve got a bit of a thing for stringing and knotting with cotton and linen at the moment – I think it’s because after working with metals so much when making my components it makes a change to use something different in my jewellery designs. I used a Double strand of waxed linen and strung the spacers so that the ‘ring’ side was featured rather than the edge of the bead. Kaz’s focal was strung onto the linen as a pendant and I left tails beneath it which I finished with little Czech glass beads and the necklace is finished with a simple brass lobster clasp. As I’ve said – quite simple but I hope you like it none-the-less.
Now, I don’t usually make holiday themed jewellery but when I was clearing up the beads there were a pair that had a definite seasonal feel to them so I thought I’d make a little extra item. I knew I had just the right beads to turn these ‘cool’ lampies into a pair of seasonal earrings which I thought would be a nice tribute to Kaz who I happen to know is besotted with earrings and has a huge collection of them. So here we have a pair of icy, alternative Christmas trees complete with red Czech glass ‘tubs’ and Hematite stars…cute huh?
Just before before you dash off to see what everyone else did with their beads, you might recall that in addition to the beads I gave away for this blog hop, I also promised a grab bag of beads for one lucky person from the original list of commentators. Well this is what’s in that grab bag…
And I’m delighted to announce that this will shortly be winging it’s way to…
So let’s get back to the bog hop then…I hope you’ll join me and come and check out all the other participants designs using the links below – now that I can do from bed! Many thanks to Kaz for her very generous gift of the beads that made this event possible and of course, to everyone who has taken part in the hop – I hope you had fun designing with your surprise beads and who knows…maybe we can do it again next year…
Lesley Watt – www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Cory Tompkins – http://tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Rebecca Anderson – http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Marie Cramp – Marie is unwell and has had to withdraw
Claire Braunbarth – http://smittenbeads.blogspot.com
Heidi Post – http://http://expostfactojewelry.blogspot.com
Tiffany Smith – http://southerngalsdesign.blogspot.com
Sharyl Macmillan-Nelson – http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com
Ailsa Cordner – http://www.bramalfiebeadsetc.co.uk/
Linda Landig – http://lindalandig.wordpress.com
Caroline Dewison – http://blueberribeads.com
Renetha – http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Kari Asbury – http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Niky Sayers – http://silverniknats.blogspot.com
Purple Cobwebs – http://www.purplecobwebs.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins – http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com/
Therese Frank – www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Claire Ennis – http://clairescrystalclassics.blogspot.com
Emma – http://apolymerpenchant.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer – http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Alicia – http://www.allprettythings.ca
Sandy Huntress – http://keepsakecrafts.net/blog/
Lori Bowring Michaud – http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Amy – http://copperdiem.blogspot.com
Katherine Gale – http://terrabeadworks.blogspot.com
|Beads by Kaz Baildon|
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Have a great day all.