Sunday, November 30, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month, for November 2014

I am happy to be back on the last day of the month to share my design for the AJE COM featuring cute beaded ring components by our own Kristen Stevens!



Because Kristen is just so cool, she sent me a green set AND an indigo blue set!  These are made from twins, meaning they have 2 holes and they have a very cool iridescence which is very hard to capture in photos.

As per my standard MO, I waited until the last minute and created a pair of earrings with my indigo pair yesterday!


I wanted to make the beaded rings part of something else, so I found some copper washers that were the perfect size, after some hammering!  I decided I wanted to attach the beaded rings to the washers, so I got everything ready by texturing, punching some holes for the wire and added interest, patina'ed everything with LOS, then tumbled.  These are always important steps to remember to do BEFORE attaching fragile components like these that you don't want to expose to chemicals, or water!

I used very thin gauged copper wire and wrapped the rings onto the washters.  I used absolutely gorgeous lampwork headpins from Sue Kennedy of SueBeads.  These are my most favorite color combination she does!


I added my own hand fabricated sterling ear wires, embellished with tiny glass beads and copper wire for the finished pair.  I think a tiny touch of red to bring out the red in Sue's lampwork would have been great, but I couldn't find anything tiny enough and just the right color red for the jov.  These worked in a pinch!


There you go!  Thanks for stopping by.  Here are the participating Team Members and Guests for the month.  Go take a peek at all the gorgeousness!

Guest Designers


AJE Team




Thanks again, Kristen!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

New Copper Metal Clay!

Hi all, just updated my site with some new Copper Clay Morsels.  Still new to metal clay, but am really happy with how these turned out!  Here is a sampling...


Sizes in these photos are a bit wonky, but there are dimensions listed in the postings.  I am definitely having fun with metal clay and hope to have some white copper and maybe some bronze as well, sometime soon!

Oh, and a reminder...if you use TURKEY14 at checkout, you will receive a 20% discount though Monday, Dec. 12!  I've uploaded some newer jewelry as well!


Hope to see you soon!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

AJE Component of the Month for October 2014...

featuring amazing ceramic pieces by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio!


She calls them Spiral Fossils and they are so very cool! I chose the green/blue glaze because I love it and I bought a few lovelies from her at BeadFest that totally work together!

Unfortunately, my piece isn't finished...I sort of bit off a bit more than I had time for after procrastinating...


I took so much time deciding that I wanted to try and experiment with Jenny Davies-Reazor's cool mixed-media pendant that she taught at BeadFest, and since I didn't take the workshop but am going on a quick how-to she graciously shared with me, most of my time was taken up getting the copper backplate how I wanted it.  Still have to cure the polymer and attach it all.

The other lovely pieces are also Karen's...love that feather, although it may be too similar in color, but it might work!

Hope you will check back...I will definitely post the finished piece!


Monthly Winners


AJE Blog Team

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AJE Component of the Month for September...

featuring a very cool copper clay focal by Kristi Bowman!



I decided that my design should stay fairly simple to show off this wonderful pendant, but wanted to incorporate some color.  I found these pretty serpentine beads that I was saving for a rosary and decided to do a necklace of wrapped links.  Serpentine is one of my favorite stones and this strand had such wonderful autumnal colors that really work well with copper.  I decided to add a bit more weight and paired the wrapped links with some small copper chain from my stash.


I punched an additional hole in Kristi's focal so that I could dangle a bead below...unfortunately I didn't have any serpentine briolettes, but this quartz one has the right pale celadon green shade to pair with the serpentine.


Quirky me decided at the last minute to add a bead to one of the holes in the pendant, just for another bit of color and fun...I used a copper headpin and a round copper disc in the back to hold the bead in place.  I am not sure I like my clasp...I may try to come up with something different that doesn't distract, or possibly move the clasp to the back (gasp!).



Here is the list of other designers who created...go show them some love!


AJE Team Members

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AJE Component of the Month for August - Leather Feathers!

This month, our component comes from the talented Rebekah Payne of Treewings Studio.  She created these fun, organic leather feathers...she talks a bit about the process here!  We had our choice of an earring pair, or a larger focal feather.



I opted for an earring pair and received a gorgeous set with purple, blue and metallic designs!  I knew that I wanted to create a copper backing to somehow attach the feather to, but it took going to BeadFest this past weekend to solidify my idea in my brain!

Gorgeous lampwork headpins by Jen Cameron and Sue Kennedy!

See the ones circled in yellow? Yep, the orange swirls with purple stripes!  As soon as I saw them, I knew what I was going to do.  I set about making my copper back plates, adding texture, measuring, punching holes and creating balled headpins and earwires.  The plan was to rivet the feathers to the copper piece using the lampwork headpins at the bottom and copper balled headpins at the top.  The tips of the leather would be folded over so the copper headpins would go through twice, making a loop for the copper jumpring.

A not great photo of everything all laid out after I patina'ed and tumbled the wire and metal...except for 1 stupid jumpring that flew out of my hands never to be seen again!
Ta-Da!

The design itself, I really like...I wish my construction had been a bit neater.  I had a mishap with one of Jen's headpins...I started swirling the back and couldn't get it straight for some reason, so I gently straightened it back out, hoping I hadn't work hardened the wire too much.  When I went to try a second time, the wire snapped.  Luckily, there was enough left to work with to get it riveted fairly tight, but I may go back and add a drop of E6000 to make sure it holds.




Thanks, Rebekah for the challenge of working with a new medium for me!  I can't wait to see what everyone else created.  Here is the list...

Guest Artists

The AJE Team
Diana Ptaszynski -  http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor - http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson - http://francescawatson.com/




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stuff

It seems like the only time I write on my blog these days is when I have a Component of the Month post ...speaking of...stay tuned for my August creation featuring leather feathers by Rebekah Payne.  I keep trying to be better, but life somehow always manages to get in the way, and that is okay!

Last week I had the good fortune and opportunity to go up to Philly for the day and visit my Art Jewelry Elements gang and a few others at BeadFest!  I had a wonderful time, albeit a short one.  The 2.5 hour drive the directions indicated ended up being more like over 3!

L-R: Karen Totten, me, Sue Kennedy, Lesley Watt, Diana Ptasynski, Kristen Stevens (back), Jen Cameron (front), Linda Landig and Jenny Davies-Reazor

I, like most people these days, was on a budget, but was able to do some swaps and snagged some wonderful stuff!  Take a gander!


Cool lampwork headpins from Jen and Sue
I also participated in a Bead Swap hosted by Diana P.  My partner was Linda Younkman and she gave me a couple of cool Karen Totten rings and some polymer clay by Jeannie Dukic.  I made her a sampling of my morsels...a couple polymer clay pieces, torch-fired enamel, and  a molten morsel.

Diana made us "bead pimp" buttons to wear!
In other news, I re-joined the Earrings Everyday blog team for 1 post a month...my 1st one back is up today, featuring earrings made with my torch-fired enamel and some of Jen Cameron's gorgeous lampwork headpins!


An eventful weekend is ahead starting with my baby boy's 13th birthday on Saturday...I can't believe it, can you? Then on Sunday, the AJE Component of the Month hop, and I am going to DC to meet Jenny Davies-Reazor and Lesley Watt for some touristy stuff. Fun, fun!

That's all for now...that's more than you've heard from me all year!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July AJE Component of the Month - Fused Glass Fantasy!

This month, the design team over at AJE was honored to work with gorgeous fused glass pieces by the multi-talented Francesca Watson.


She asked if we wanted cabochons or drilled pieces and I chose the red piece on the bottom right and left it undrilled since I thought this was a perfect opportunity to practice my bezel-setting skills!  And I was right!


I chose some scalloped bezel wire to use and originally was going to use a copper backing to create a pendant, but the more the copper laid on the work bench, the more I longed to jump in and use the sterling sheet I had stashed away.  I told myself I wasn't going to use it until I felt more proficient...sterling is expensive, y'all!  But, I jumped in with both feet!


I went with an organic shape, but when I put the cab in, I wasn't sure which side was going to be the top, or how I would attach a bail.  I punched one hole where I thought I might try to hang it, and didn't like it, so I punched holes in each of the scallops, then punched a few more, and then a few more! I also wanted to pierce the back so that the red glass would show through in a design...believe me, this was not the design I wanted!  It was going to be a pretty spiral, but after I got part of it sawed out, I realized how flimsy it was so I sawed it into a big hole, then tried to mimic the outer shape with the waves and holes.  After a trying soldering session (couldn't get it to flow) I finally got my act together, decided to use my bigger torch and finished it up.


I like it and am so happy I persevered and went with the sterling instead of the copper!  Here is the back...


Now, I need to get the rest of the design going!  I think I am either going to do a sterling viking knit or a handmade chain of some sort...what do you think?

Thanks, Francesca, for the gorgeous glass cabs, and for the design challenge!  Go see what the rest of our team created!

Guest Designers


Toltec Jewels - www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Carol Briody - cbriody.blogspot.com


The AJE Team

Caroline Dewison - blueberribeads.blogspot.co.uk

Susan Kennedy - www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor - www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog


Francesca Watson - www.francescawatson.com

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