November Component of the Month Design Challenge Reveal - The Lichen Edition
It is shockingly already the end of November, which means another Art Jewelry Elements component of them month design challenge. This month Caroline Dewison is the hostess and she created these amazing lichen inspired cabochons and pendants. I received one of the lavender colored cabs. I love it so much I was kind of scared to use it because I wanted to do something amazing with it, but not too amazing as to take away from the cab. Originally I had thought I would use it in a bead embroidery piece. However, I just wasn't feeling it so I decided to be inspired by metal.
I decided I wanted to do some kind of metal bezel and started looking through books for inspiration. This one from Mixed Metal Mania by Kim St. Jean struck me as appropriate for the particular design and texture we were working with this month.
I always love working with cupped discs, but the work Amy Buettner and Tucker Glasow create is magical. And also kind of lichen-y looking. Hmmm....
So I started out first by drawing a rough sketch of my idea. Then made the bezel that would be cold connected to the base shape. But wow....this got huge fast and I didn't like the size. Especially once I started adding cupped discs to the shape.
So I drew up a much simpler shape. It's still on the large side, but it is much easier to wear.
This piece required a TON of steps, done in order or else it would have ended up in total pandemonium. I am going to be completely honest...I waited until the last minute to finish this piece. It's still technically not done. However, it is 2:30am and I want to sleep in this morning. So all photos are pretty terrible and badly lit. But you get the idea until I replace the photos sometime today. Here it is next to the rough sketch
And here it is in my hand. It's a pretty hefty size, but I'm pretty happy with it. I haven't decided how I'm going to finish it yet. I'm considering 2 strands of leather cord. What do you think?
This is a blog hop, so make sure you see what the other designers created with Caroline's gorgeous cabs and pendants.