Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 2015 AJE Component of the Month

May's component of the month features Sue Kennedy of SueBeads.  She is one of all time favorite lampwork artists and I have many of her lovely beads, but this month she went in a different direction and offered us her gorgeous beaded beads!

A gorgeous pile of beaded beads!

The ones I got!  Love those colors :)
I was going to not do earrings just because she sent a pair, but I had technical difficulties while working on the necklace design I had in mind, so at the last minute, I said why fight it!

I paired these beauties with another pair of beauties by Sue...her flower stamped beads!  I love these beads and I have gotten several colors in the round and her chicklet style.

I added some golden yellow Czech glass lentil and flowers to bring out those colors in the beaded beads.

This shows how the little lentil beads will hang when worn.

Another view in outside light!
These are long, not quite shoulder sweepers, but they definitely make a statement and I think would be perfect for summer!  I will put them in my shop later today!

Thanks for stopping by...I hope you go visit the rest of this month's design team!


AJE Team

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Hares...The AJE Themed Challenge!

Welcome to the 1st ever Art Jewelry Elements Themed Challenge!  We decided to take a little break from our monthly component challenge and add a quarterly theme that wouldn't necessarily entail using a specific component in a piece of jewelry or other handmade item, but actually encourage and inspire the creation of art based on that theme.  This first challenge was chosen by our talented team mate, Jenny Davies-Reazor...the March hare!  She wrote a great post, here, sharing her inspiration behind her choice!

I wasn't sure how I would participate in this one...I could always purchase one of the gorgeous pieces my team mates created, and make a piece of jewelry.  I decided, though, that I would create some art components myself to add to my Melismatic Morsel repertoire.  I decided to go with mixed-media, resin-filled components.

I found some sweet little digital "inchies" of bunnies and hares on Etsy...check out the shop here!  I set out to create some bezels to add the images and resin to.  

I started with copper sheet, and decided to cut flower shapes, but they are also very cloud-like!  I flooded the copper with lead-free plumber's solder, similar to my molten morsels, then embedded bezels I formed from copper bezel wire.  After layering the images, I filled them in with ICE resin.  These need another layer of resin so they dome a bit better, but I am a bit behind.  I left connector holes off, so they can be punched or drilled where ever you wish!

I thought this was it, but a few days ago, I got a wild hare (sorry!) and thought I would try a couple with polymer clay...I love Jenny's  cool mixed-media pieces with resin and polymer and asked her if I could try, and she said "go for it"!

I did about 4 of them, but these are the 2 that I felt really worked.  They still need a bit of clean-up and maybe some more color.  The hare images are just sitting in these.  Will add the resin later.

Go and see all the other hares and bunnies jumping around the internets!  Thanks, Jenny, for the inspiration!

AJE Team

Karin Grosset Grange - Ginko et Coquelicot
Michelle McEnroe ( 4 pieces pinned on  the AJE Pinterest page)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 2015 AJE Component of the Month...featuring Metal Clay Morsels

by me!  Yes, it is my honor to have provided metal clay components for the design team in copper and white copper.  Read about my design process for them here.

I chose to make a pair of earrings with a couple sets of my left over components in white copper.  I used larger circles that were stamped with the very center of the carving, and small circles stamped from the swirl.  I connected them with Czech glass flower beads in a pretty cornflower blue shade, then added sterling ear wires that have been embellished with more Czech glass.  

I hope  you will go and show some love to those who have created designs using them!  Here are the participants.

Guest Participants:

AJE team: 

Melissa are here!
Rebekah Payne

Friday, January 30, 2015

January AJE Component of the Month Free-for-all!

or "Use your Stash"  as this month's host, Jenny Davies-Reazor coined!  It was decided that after the chaos and hubbub of the holidays was over, rather than have one person create a COM to share, we would dig around in our stash and find treasure that has been hoarded away and create something from it.

In my totally characteristic way, nothing I created is completely finished!  I have started some very cool things however, and have ideas for others.

This necklace features a gorgeous focal heart by Sue Kennedy...I have to say, this wasn't from a hoarded stash, I just got it from her after coveting it for a while!  The matching bead in the flower was, though, as well as the purple flower bead by Karen Totten.  This obviously needs a clasp, patina and possibly other tweaking!

Here is a really cool ceramic focal by Jenny Davies-Reazor.  I dangled it beneath an old key I had  and used some wire-wrapped jasper as a chain.  That's my copper  metal clay hanging on the bottom.  Needs a clasp, patina and something else wrapped on the key, I think!

Tiny fold-formed copper leaves, embellished with sweet heart headpins by Jennifer Cameron!  Perfect for the season and surprsingly, complete!

Fun ceramic charms by Linda Landig are embellished with enamel cups by me and some Czech glass.  I need to patina the shiny sterling!

So, those were the pieces even close to being finished.  I have so many more things I wanted to create with components from my AJE team, but there just wasn't enough time.  I am going to give you a peek at what is up next on my plate, though...

These are gorgeous pieces by Diana Ptaszynski that are somehow going to turn into a fabulous necklace!

These colorful Czech glass beads are going to be added to different lengths of chain and bundled together to dangle beneath Lesley Watt's sweet bronze flower cap!

Sweet woodsy owl here by Karen Totten is going to be a necklace, perhaps with a copper armature surrounding him!

It has been really fun and inspiring to use these "hoarded" treasures!  Here is a list of others that participated in the challenge. Make sure to stop by their blogs and say hi.

AJE team: 

Guest Participants ( aka winners)
Samantha- Wescott Jewelry
Nikki - Silver Nik nats
Yvette - Blue Kiln Beads

Bonus participants! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

February 2015 is my month to contribute a Component of the month for  the Art Jewelry Elements blog hop challenge!  I have the honor of providing this month's component. After polling the group, I decided to do some metal clay.

I am new to the medium, but as I talked about in previous posts, love it and strive to find my voice with it!

These are all copper, using the same original carved stamping by me.  The dots around certain designs are actually holes through the design, hard to see in the photo!

Go to the blog for a chance to win!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Blue Bird on a Snowy Day

So, my last post was my December 2014 AJE Component of the Month piece, featuring a sweet white snowflake by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio, LLC!

If you remember, I got behind and didn't finish it.  I wasn't really happy with the layout and the clasp either.  This is the before shot...

Since then, I have done a little renovation and am really happy with the end result!

Here is the after..."blue bird on a snowy day".

I changed the juxtaposition of the copper snowflake to be above the blue bird, added a couple more copper beads, some winter flowers and leaves with curly tendrils.

I swapped out the original clasp for one the is a bit smaller and with a little more interest.

Of course, the LOS to add an antiqued patina makes the whites pop (just like a few of you said it would)!

Thanks for encouraging me to finish it!  I will be listing it at Melismatic Art Jewelry hopefully today!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

December 2014 AJE Component of the Month

Our lovely components this month are from Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio, LLC.  We had our choice of stoneware snowflakes.  I chose a white one.

As per my usual modus operandi, I waited until the very last minute, then some family dynamics prohibited me from completely finishing mine.  The chain needs to be secured, it needs LOS and a tumble, and I may completely redo the clasp.

Along with Diana's sweet focal, I included a cute blue bird by Caroline Dewison of BlueberriBeads, a white lampwork bead from Mermaid Glass, one of my own copper metal clay components (it started out as a flower, but I filed it into sort of a snowflake shape!) a Czech glass flower, and some cool brushed-finish copper beads from my stash.

I really like the monochromatic effect of all the winter white, with the one pop of color Caroline's sweet bird adds.

I may add some more beads and completely change the design...stay tuned!  But first, go see what others have created!  Thanks for stopping by...

Monthly Winners

AJE Blog Team


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