AND she sent each of us TWO of these to work with. I decided to take the path of least resistance and make earrings. Because my brain is so fried right now, plus I've been home for about 5 minutes in the last 3 weeks...
Please take a few moments to visit the other designers for the month:Guest artists:
The AJE Team
Jennifer Cameron - http://glassaddictions.com/--------------You are here! 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/ Jo Tinley - http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com/ Lesley Watt - http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com/ Francesca Watson - http://www.francescawatson.com Diana Ptaszynski - http://www.vintagebluestudio.typepad.com/ Kristi Bowman - http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com Kristen Stevens - http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/
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:
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.
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/
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/
Unfortunately I have not had time to add either style of headpin to my etsy shop. While I do have some still floating around, most would be made to order anyway. So if you would like some headpins, please leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss colors, etc.
Make sure to stop by and see the other designers. The links are located at Art Jewelry Elements or you can go directly to their blogs from here.
Jen Cameron <-----you are here
On May 1st (tomorrow), Sue Kennedy will be announcing her May Component of the Month. Make sure you stop by Art Jewelry Elements tomorrow for more details on how you can be a guest designer.
*if you manage to make it all the way to the end of this post, you will see how you can enter to win a guest designer spot for the March component of the month.
Francesca Watson was the hostess for the Art Jewelry Elements component of the month for February. Even though Francesca fabricates her own jewelry designs...creating most, if not all, of the elements in her designs, she is not a "component maker". Meaning she doesn't fabricate components to sell.
In spite of this, she jumped in with both feet to make these lovely enameled and domed discs for us to play with. I got one similar to the turquoise colored one at the top of the photo.
Originally I was thinking of going simple. But then I had a brainstorm to use one of my Nightmare Insomnia series beads in the design. Inside a circle to repeat the shape. It turned out...HUGE...measuring in at over 3" long, 2" wide, 3/4" deep (not including that tube bead shown at the top of the pendant).Lesley Watt made sitting on my bench. The entire time I considered the enameled disc, it was always using silver, never copper or bronze. But I really loved the bronze of Lesley's piece. I think maybe it's part of a toggle? Not sure... So this is what I finally came up with. Kristi Bowman-Gruel Jen Cameron <----you are here! Jenny Davies-Reazor Susan Kennedy Linda Landig Melissa Meman Kristen Stevens Francesca Watson Guest Designers: Dawn Horner Kym Hunter Kay Thomerson Shelley Graham Turner Sandi Volpe There's still time to enter to throw your name into the hat to win a guest designer spot for March using these gorgeous lentil shaped beads by Joanne Tinley. Winners will be announced Friday evening March 1.
Continuing the theme of using color in chainmaille, I moved on from the Japanese weave experiments to European 4 in 1 (the traditional weave for armor "back in the day"). The first one I used the a color mix of anodized niobium rings called "Air" and just added the rings randomly, only making sure I didn't end up with a patch of rings that were all the same color.
I'm currently working on another length of Euro 4 in 1 with a color mix called Fire. If you look at the construction of the weave, there are 3 columns of connecting rings that face down (that's how I see it anyway). Then there 4 columns of rings that face up. On the 3 connecting columns, I'm using the silver/gold/orange colors of the mix. On the 4 columns facing up, I'm using the pinks/purples of the mix. Other than that, color placement is random.
Have a great Sunday. I'm just sitting here enjoying some coffee before I start my day of packing and getting ready to travel home.