Those of you who have been around a few years probably know I have hosted an annual themed charm swap and benefit auction for Beads of Courage for four or so years. I had to skip 2015 because I went back to college to finish a degree, which still isn't finished.
For the month of April, Jenny sent each of us an amulet. It just love it. I think it would look amazing with just suspended from a single straight sterling wire with a loop on each end and a cord.
Over at Art Jewelry Elements we have started doing a quarterly design challenge theme, open to all component makers and jewelry designers. This month Lindsay selected eyes as the theme. Initially I thought I would use a component by someone else to make jewelry. However, I changed my mind and instead decided to make a component.
First I tried making a couple different eye looking murrini cane. Here you can see one of the variations I tried in the cut and the uncut form.
We are already two months into 2016. Crazy! That means this is the 2nd Art Jewelry Elements component of the month design challenge reveal of the year. For February, Diana made each of the participants this very sparkly Phaedra component out of shiny silver aluminum rings and an aqua colored crystal rivoli. (You can learn more about the Phaedra component here.)
January is traditionally a month for purging and organizing. The Art Jewelry Elements team decided what better time to host a "use your stash" challenge. We all participate in various levels of stash enhancement. Some of us more than others (I've probably reached hoarder status in the art bead category...) so a use your stash challenge is a great opportunity to use some of those amazing beads that are sitting unused and forgotten.
When I was considering which art bead I wanted to use for the Use Your Stash, this STUNNING raku cabochon by Marianne Kasparian begged me to use it first.
For the final Art Jewelry Elements design challenge of 2015, Lesley Watt selected the theme of rebirth of the sun because the winter solstice happens in December. It just so happens that Marianne Kasparian included a HUGE ceramic spiral cabochon (about 2" x 1.75") with an order back in the autumn that I had NO idea what I would do with, but immediately glued it to stiff stuff to challenge myself to figure it out.
Over at Art Jewelry Elements, we decided to try something new this year with a quarterly theme open to all component makers and jewelry designers. In March, Jenny hosted a hare theme and in June I hosted a firefly theme. For October, Karen decided on ravens as the theme.
I wanted to try to make a raven in glass, and since the wildly talented and super nice Kerri Fuhr sells a raven tutorial in her shop (among MANY other lampwork tutorials), I wanted to try it. I've taken a class with Kerri before, and she is very generous with her knowledge. This tutorial is no different.
Every month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a design challenge. For the month of August, Diana Ptaszynski challenged participants to design something using a pendant sized rustic coin. I've made a couple pairs of earrings in the past with the charm size coins, and even created an easy earring tutorial with them.
This month it was my turn to host the Art Jewelry Elements design challenge. We decided to change things up a little bit for 2015 and do a quarterly theme challenge open to jewelry designers AND bead/component makers.