AJE October Component of the Month Reveal

My reveal post is so late! I had technical difficulties, but they are all fixed now. Kristen Stevens, one of my AJE teammates, was the host for the October component of the month. I love that she uses seed beads for components and still has hair...because I know I would rip mine out if I tried to do what she does. Here's what Kristen made for us to work with: Kristen Stevens beaded components Aren't they perfect for autumn? I received the green ones:

October COTM art jewelry elements Kristen Stevens

The color is way off in this photo...it's more accurate in the following photos. It's a more muted olive color. At first I was thinking of making earrings, and had laid some out, but I changed my mind. Because I'm allowed to do that. My biggest thing was I felt like the leaf needed more oomph if it is to be a focal. It was just so light and delicate...especially for my work. I also kind of wanted to steampunkify it a little bit (Yes, that's a word. Because I just made it up)

October art jewelry elements component of the month jennifer cameron glass addictions

So I backed the leaf with a brass cog, fronted it with a starburst thingy, a very sparkly swarovski crystal that looks better with its top side facing out like this (it doesn't show well in the pics because I had camera issues and had to use my phone).

October art jewelry elements component of the month jennifer cameron glass addictions

  I then used this rectangle texture thing from Vintaj. I had to make the hole bigger to fit the size jump ring I wanted to use and I also "distressed" it by using a nail file/buffer on it to take some of the patina off the high spots, concentrating on the edges of the rectangle and mostly leaving the center of it alone. I made these basic lampwork frit beads with fine silver, which I LOVE and will be making more very soon.

October art jewelry elements component of the month jennifer cameron glass addictions

October art jewelry elements component of the month jennifer cameron glass addictions

Wire wrapped each bead and attached them together with a couple different sizes of Vintaj jump rings then finished it off with some recycled sari silk

October art jewelry elements component of the month jennifer cameron glass addictions

I am thrilled with how it came out! I've never used beaded components like this and I love how lightweight they are...especially for the size. A big thanks to Kristen for letting me play! Make sure you see what others made with Kristen's components.

Comments

Patti Vanderbloemen

I love reading your posts, especially when you use technical terms like "thing" in your descriptions!! This is absolutely gorgeous! The blending of all of these colors is amazing!

Robin Kae Reed

I love the way this came out! it is inspired and I love the colors you worked with besides the pretty green seed bead components.

Jenny

Oh Jen- looks fantastic! And you made your own beads, of course you did.... I like your palette- I tend to pick very harmonious color schemes. The purples blues and greens was a lovely jewel toned mix. And as to the focal - great minds!

Linda Landig

I love the necklace you made, Jen. So pretty. Your steampunkified pendant is especially awesome. I never would have thought to do that with the beaded leaf. Great work!

Terri

How great! LOVE what you did here!

Kristen

Oh Jen!!! You know I love this more than words can express! I knew the simple little leaf would get dressed up and now it is so ready to party!!!!

Kristi

Beautiful Jen, I love the colors you put with that vivid green!! Soft and lovely!

D Lynne Bowland

I don't pull my hair out when I'm doing seed beading I hurl the unfinshed project accross the room and start over! The final product looks great! Is there a clasp buried in the silk or is it long enough to go over your head?

Jenny

LOL! Same thing but without the pain of going bald. No clasp. It's meant to be tied in the back.

Jenny

Thanks! It's my awesome communication skillz at work ;-)

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