Summertime-a themed challenge

I absolutely adore summer. There are certain things which symbolize and signal summer. Lightening bugs (aka fireflies). Strawberries. Watermelon. Blueberries. American Flags. Red, white and blue decor. S'mores. Hot humid weather. Ice cream. Corn on the cob. BBQ's. Going to the lake (I live in landlocked Indiana with lots of lakes). Long lazy days. Reading. Sunglasses. Bathing suits. Picnics. Fireworks. 

May Component of the Month Reveal

2016 Art Charm Swap and Beads of Courage Benefit Auction Sign-Ups

Those of you who have been around a few years probably know I have hosted an annual themed charm swap and benefit auction for Beads of Courage for four or so years. I had to skip 2015 because I went back to college to finish a degree, which still isn't finished. 

April Component of the Month-Not so Revealing

amulet jenny davies reazor

For the month of April, Jenny sent each of us an amulet. It just love it. I think it would look amazing with just suspended from a single straight sterling wire with a loop on each end and a cord.

Themed Challenge Reveal: Eyes

Over at Art Jewelry Elements we have started doing a quarterly design challenge theme, open to all component makers and jewelry designers. This month Lindsay selected eyes as the theme. Initially I thought I would use a component by someone else to make jewelry. However, I changed my mind and instead decided to make a component. 

First I tried making a couple different eye looking murrini cane. Here you can see one of the variations I tried in the cut and the uncut form.

murrini cane glass addictions

February Component of the Month Reveal - chainmaille and crystals

chainmaille swarovski february component of the month

We are already two months into 2016. Crazy! That means this is the 2nd Art Jewelry Elements component of the month  design challenge reveal of the year. For February, Diana made each of the participants this very sparkly Phaedra component out of shiny silver aluminum rings and an aqua colored crystal rivoli. (You can learn more about the Phaedra component here.)

Use Your AJE Stash Design Challenge Reveal

January is traditionally a month for purging and organizing. The Art Jewelry Elements team decided what better time to host a "use your stash" challenge. We all participate in various levels of stash enhancement. Some of us more than others (I've probably reached hoarder status in the art bead category...) so a use your stash challenge is a great opportunity to use some of those amazing beads that are sitting unused and forgotten.  

When I was considering which art bead I wanted to use for the Use Your Stash, this STUNNING raku cabochon by Marianne Kasparian begged me to use it first. 


Rebirth of the Sun - The AJE Winter Design Challenge Reveal

For the final Art Jewelry Elements design challenge of 2015, Lesley Watt selected the theme of rebirth of the sun because the winter solstice happens in December. It just so happens that Marianne Kasparian included a HUGE ceramic spiral cabochon (about 2" x 1.75") with an order back in the autumn that I had NO idea what I would do with, but immediately glued it to stiff stuff to challenge myself to figure it out. 

A Raven Themed Reveal

Over at Art Jewelry Elements, we decided to try something new this year with a quarterly theme open to all component makers and jewelry designers. In March, Jenny hosted a hare theme and in June I hosted a firefly theme. For October, Karen decided on ravens as the theme

I wanted to try to make a raven in glass, and since the wildly talented and super nice Kerri Fuhr sells a raven tutorial in her shop (among MANY other lampwork tutorials), I wanted to try it. I've taken a class with Kerri before, and she is very generous with her knowledge. This tutorial is no different. 

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