Wednesday, October 30, 2013

AJE Component of the Month Challenge for October

I was really excited to receive my gorgeous copper clay component from Kristi Bowman.  She managed to get some awesome flame colors in the copper.

 I really wanted a simple design, not to take away from the focal.  The curved shape just screams "bracelet"!!

The gorgeous ruffled lampwork bead is from Mermaid Glass...aren't those colors to die for?

I immediately knew I was going to use this faceted agate that I have been hoarding for a while.  I remember falling in love with the sunset oranges, cream and russets, and was going to make a wire-wrapped necklace of just the agate.  I still have enough, so I might just do that!

The lampwork was an impulse addition.  I knew that I wanted to include that awesome pop of indigo blue in my piece, but wasn't sure how for a while. I had tried several other beads to bring out the blue...some of my enamel (couldn't get the color just right)....some Czech glass (mmm, no).  I saw this beauty from Mermaid Glass and my heart skipped a beat.

I had originally wanted to make a special link for the clasp from Cindy Wimmer's new book, The Missing Link (fabulous, by the way, and if you don't have it, you need to get it!).  Since I was trying to stay simple and was running a bit behind, I decided on the big wire-wrapped loop that I flattened and textured a bit.  I then used a balled headpin to wrap the ruffle, and then added a swirled hook clasp.

I have to say, I love the way this feels on and I love that the somewhat eclectic color combo evokes something deep in me!

Thanks, Kristi, for creating such a fun and unique Component of the Month!  Go take a look and see what the rest of our team and this month's guest bloggers created!  Happy Wednesday!



  1. It's gorgeous Melissa, and that lampwork really brings out the color in Kristi's piece!

  2. This is really pretty Melissa! I love those agate beads and you're right with the pop of color the glass adds - it blends perfectly. I too love the color combo - looks soothing, yet vibrant! Very cool!

  3. So pretty Melissa. I love the chunkiness of those agates along with the delicate flower. A beautiful combination. Thank you!

  4. those agates! And the addition of the lampwork flower completes this perfectly!

  5. I love the way the lampwork brings out the colour in the copper, it's a beautiful combination!

  6. Love the agate and that special lamp work flower with the copper ammonite focal---just beautiful!

  7. It turned out so lovely! And I must agree with you, the patina colors are neato~

  8. Lovely pieces Melissa and the lampie was an inspired choice.

  9. WOW I really love your wirework!

  10. Melissa - great minds! I wanted to do some fab links from Cindy's book too, and time conspired against me! I love the bracelet. The blue is essential!

  11. Very pretty - love the range of colors!


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