AJE Component of the Month for April
It's time for another installment of the monthly design challenge we refer to as the AJE Component of the Month. Each month a member of my team at Art Jewelry Elements provides a handmade art jewelry component to several team mates plus a few guest designers with the simple rule that they must use the component in a design. Then we all reveal at the end of the month.
In the last 5 days, I've become kumihimo obsessed. OBSESSED. So I was determined to use kumihimo in my design somehow. Because I also procrastinate until the last possible minute.
I thought it might be fun to do sort of a beachy feel, something loose and fun. And why not test the limits of my 4 day old skill set by braiding with leather, hand dyed silk ribbon, and big hole pearls. This is what I came up with.
There were a couple (big) problems with this though. It was too fat for any of the findings I have on hand and I didn't particularly like the way it looked with Lesley's button. Too chunky for that little thing.
Attempt #2 started with my looking through my very meager collection of seed beads. For some reason the plain black seed beads spoke to me. Which was really freaking weird.
I went with a super simple, super elegant design where the button is the star.
I added a couple Green Girl end cones to the braid and it was a perfect fit.
Even though Lesley provided perfect copper hook closures for the ceramic shank buttons, I needed one in sterling silver to complement the design better. I'm really happy with how this came together.
Don't forget to stop by the other design challenge participants' blogs to see what they created.