AJE May Component of the Month Reveal

Every month one of the Art Jewelry Elements team members hosts a design challenge in which they provide a component for their teammates plus a couple guest designers to design with. This month Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads is our hostess. She provided each of us with one of these darling ruffled disc "flower" beads. I got the one on the top right in the below photo.  

I think one of the most difficult aspects of this monthly challenge is the overwhelming desire to "do the component justice." To that end, I, and probably a few others, have a tendency to try to really go all out on the design. However, this time I decided in advance I was not going to fall into that trap. I wanted to keep it simple and wearable for summer. I hate heavy or bulky jewelry in the heat and humidity of summer. It just adds to my personal discomfort. This little flower disc screamed summertime jewelry.

So here's what I came up with:

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First I decided I wanted the flower disc to be facing outward so it continued to look like a flower. Plus Sue layered several beautiful transparent colors, and those would have been lost if I had simply strung the bead. One of the challenges of transparent glass, especially when it isn't really thick, is that putting it against the skin or clothing that isn't white can muddy the gorgeous colors. So my first task was to back the bead with something.

I decided to cut out and dome a disc of silver. I put two holes in the disc. One close to center and one close to the edge for hanging. Using one of my copper lampwork headpins, I attached Sue's bead to the silver using one of my lampwork headpins I had laying around. Then added a jumpring. I wanted to add a little extra something above the pendant, and noticed this bead by Karen Totten sitting in a bowl on my bench and decided it was perfect. So I wired it into a link and attached it to the pendant on one end and chain on the other. Now there are 3 components by 3 different AJE team members in one simple necklace.

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The chain is simply some bulk chain I had on hand that I cut to size and added a simple lobster claw clasp. And that's it. Super simple, but I super love it.

Take a few minutes to go see what others made with Sue's beads.

Guest Bloggers

Lorelei Eurto   http://www.lorelei1141.blogspot.com/ Birgitta Lejonklou   http://lejonklou.blogspot.com/ Heidi Post   http://www.expostfactojewelry.blogspot.com/ Lola Surwillo   http://beadlolabead.blogspot.com/ Kay Thomerson   http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/

AJE Team

Jennifer Cameron  http://glassaddictions.com/ Jenny Davies-Reazor   http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog Susan Kennedy   http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com/ Linda Landig   http://www.lindasbeadblog.com/ Melissa Meman    http://melissameman.blogspot.com/ Rebekah Payne   http://www.treewingsstudio.com/ Kristen Stevens    http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/ Jo Tinley     http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com/ Francesa Watson    http://francescawatson.com/ Lesley Watt    http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com/


Melissa M

Gorgeous, Jen! We were on the same "keep it simple" wavelength. Love your headpin and the silver really makes the lampwork pop!

Jo Tinley

Beautiful Jen, and so wearable. Sometimes the more simple designs are definitely the best!


This is so pretty. I love the simplicity and lightweight look and feel to it. Very summery. You did make the disc shine.


I love the look the silver dome disc adds to Sue's ruffle bead! Beautiful!

Kathy Lindemer

You had a great idea when you thought of putting Sue's bead on top of a silver disk. Very pretty necklace!

Patti Vanderbloemen

I agree with you 100%...heavy jewlery when it is hot outside adds to my discomfort! This is beautifully done! The silver sets off the colors of the lampwork perfectly!

Karen Totten

Love your COM creation! My little bead looks very comfy there!


Simple, but perfect! I would totally wear it—sometimes art bead jewelry can be a little over the top and not all that practical—your necklace is just right for every day wear!

Linda Landig

I have noticed how transparent glass gets washed out against skin or clothing too and I think your solution was brilliant. Furthermore, you glass head pin looks like it was just made for the job of being the center of Sue's ruffle bead. I love this necklace and would wear it a lot!

Susan kennedy

Wow Jennifer I love what you did! Perfect for summer jewelry!


I love the bead facing that direction, you are 100% right to back it and let the light shine through. I was struck by the contrast of the shiny glass and Karen's more matte glaze. I like them playing off each other.

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