This month was a special design challenge over on Art Elements because we recruited guest component maker Kristie Roeder to host the challenge. She supplied six designers with the above ceramic and glass donuts. Those of us who already own pieces by Kristie could choose to design with what we had on hand, which is what I did.
The July Art Jewelry Elements component of the month design challenge was hosted by Lesley Watt, who provided this amazing fossilized pendants. I seriously love these so much and every idea I tried was a total bust and I want it to be PERFECT!!!
I absolutely adore summer. There are certain things which symbolize and signal summer. Lightening bugs (aka fireflies). Strawberries. Watermelon. Blueberries. American Flags. Red, white and blue decor. S'mores. Hot humid weather. Ice cream. Corn on the cob. BBQ's. Going to the lake (I live in landlocked Indiana with lots of lakes). Long lazy days. Reading. Sunglasses. Bathing suits. Picnics. Fireworks.
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.