31 May 2014

Art Jewelry Elements :: May Component of the Month Revea;

I was chosen at random to participate in the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month for May. This month the selection was a set of pressed glass flower tab beads from Sue Kennedy of SueBeads.

Photo source: SueBeads
My set was the second from the left" rust. purple and sage/mustard.

I managed to use two of the three beads in designs. I will save the third for inspiration to strike another day.

The first is a long necklace using a Humblebeads feather that just happened to match the purple pressed flower bead. I found a washer lying around and wrapped it in bronze colored wire. The lines of the wire radiate out like the flower and also mimic the lines on the feather. I love the ease of long necklaces that just slip on and go. I really don't like the chain that I used so I will be swapping that out for something a bit simpler. I was getting a little too artsy-fartsy asymmetrical on that one! ;-)

This second one came together exactly as I imagined it would. When your vision matches the reality, that is a good sign! I used this strand of rudraksha beads that I bought at the Bead & Button show knotted on brown waxed linen. For the focal area I used some flat flower shaped beads that are magnesite in a cream color. The polymer clay birdie from Humblebeads is sitting in a brass leaf bead cap and a rhinestone studded nest. Below the flower beads is a Vintaj leaf that I hammered a leafy texture on. This little birdie looks Right at Home in this nest, don't you think?

Thank you to Miss Sue for selecting me to play along with her and the other Art Jewelry Elements members for the Component of the Month. If you are interested in playing with them, they release the new Component of the Month early on and your ticket is just a simple comment on their blog!

Now hop on over to see what everyone else made! Art Jewelry Elements


Shai Williams
Erin Prais-Hintz
Kari Asbury
Carolyn Lawson
Merja Sundstrom

AJE Members

Susan Kennedy
Diana Ptaszynski
Linda Landig
Lesley Watt
Melissa Meman
Caroline Dewison
Francesca Watson
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Karen Totten
Rebekah Payne
Keirsten Giles
Kristen Stevens


baymoondesign said...

Both your designs are wonderful! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Love what you have done with Sue's beads, Miss Erin, the bird looks very happy on her nest!

SueBeads said...

As usual, your designs are amazing! I love your washer/wire link and you are right, the humblebeads feather went perfectly. The necklace is stunning, I love the magnesite beads! Thanks so much for playing along and making my beads look awesome!

Jenny said...

I love what you have done. The wrapped washer was a nice element to echo the leaf veins. And I have to say that set of beads was the one I coveted before I "went cab".
So the third bead - wonder what magic you will create with that one?!

Jennifer Cameron said...

I absolutely adore the bird in the rhinestone nest. lol! So cute. I would wear that necklace all the time. The wire wrapped washer on the first one is a really cool effect and looks great with the leaf. Both necklaces are wonderful!

Thank you for reading AJE and participating in the challenge! Having you is always a delight :-)

Honey from the Bee said...

Oh so purrty! The necklace with the birdie is my fave!

Ann Schroeder said...

Both of your necklaces are wonderful. I love how they highlight the flower bead.

jessememan said...

2 gorgeous necklaces! Especially love the second one :)

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Miss Erin,
Both necklaces are beautiful! Yes the little bird looks very pretty in it's crystal studded nest.

Lesley said...

Both lovely designs Erin but I do like the second very much. I was given some Rudraksha beads in last years BSBP and fell in love with them - so warm and tactile and they works so well with your other beads selections and the lovely palette. Sue's chicklet looks most comfortable there.

Alice said...

All three are fabulous pieces. They all make me smile with their fun designs.

Kari Asbury said...

Lovely designs! Love the colors in the first one. I also love the simple slip on and go jewelry. The bird necklace is adorable...such a wonderful way you used the elements! And as always...I'm so jealous of your fantastic ability to name your designs ;)

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

Dear Erin,
this is so wonderful,
I am always excited to see what you make!

xox jean

Unknown said...

Without a doubt I knew you would rock these beads!!! Another amazing and beautiful creation Miss Erin!

Unknown said...

It never ceases to amaze me how you can pick the perfect beads that compliment each other!

lunedreams said...

These chiclets really can hold their own in a pendant focal--I love that about their size, they're very versatile. I love what you've done with these, especially the second piece. Both pendants are so perfectly proportioned, and all the different finishes work so nicely together. LOVE the beads and the knotting on the second piece in particular.

Shai Williams said...

Incredible as always. What I always admire to combine elments from different artists into unique focals. The sum is so much more then the components.

Anonymous said...

I love both these necklaces, but I'm going to buck the trend and say that I like the first one the best. I love how easily it would slip on and go with many outfits. I also like the wire wrapped effect on the washer. You really rocked Sue's chicklets! Glad you could play along!


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