AJE November Component of the Month Design Challenge Reveal

Beaded rings by Kristen Stevens. #beadfestphilly

It's already the last day of November! (where has the year gone???) And you know what that means. Another Art Jewelry Elements component of the month design challenge reveal. This month Kristen Stevens made these darling beaded rings for the COM. I used the matte black rings because I wanted to pair them with some dichroic beads I made a while back.

I decided on earrings because I tend to avoid earrings, but that's what always sells the best for me.

I wanted to keep them simple and modern. So I made some super simple ear wires for them out of Argentium sterling silver (which is tarnish resistant), balled up the ends with a torch, then hammered the balls flat and bent them into ear wire shapes. These are ear wires that anyone can make with a bit of wire, a butane torch, and some basic wire working tools.

For the lampwork dangles, I created headpins with the same flattened ball ends.  

Make sure you take a look at what others created for the challenge. The list is located at Art Jewelry Elements

Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend! ~Jen


Ann Schroeder

I love the flattened ball ends and the beads you chose as dangles. They do look modern and lovely.

Susan Kennedy

Wow, I love your earring design, I love that the ear wires are kept simple and your dichro beads are fantastic!


Love those glass beads, they look wonderful with Kristien's matte beads. Great contrast!


I am utterly speechless!!!

lesley watt

Love these - great little evening sparklies...


Love what you did with these - those paddle earwires are so fun!

Melissa Meman

I love your dichroic beads with Kristen's components! Simple and elegant!


What a great combo! The dichroic beads are lovely with Kristen's beads! And the dot of silver from those ear wires and head pins - accentuates the silver elements too. So simple to do - such a great visual.


What a great combination of colors and components. The AJE bead is nice and light -perfect for earrings. These definitely pop!

Cindy Martin-Shaw

I love those matte black rings paired with your lovely dichroic beads. The thing that really interests me are the flattened ball ends. Isn't it amazing how that little detail creates such a striking effect? These will be such fun to wear!

Linda Landig

These earring are so stunning. I love how you encased the dichro in clear glass. The black rings really sets it all off. So pretty.18511


Dichro is the perfect pairing for the matte black components! And I love those earwires! Perfectly achievable, even for a novice metalworker like me!


They're stunning Jen, love the ear wires and I'm a real sucker for dichro, the nuggets are gorgeous!

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