Saturday, January 31, 2015

I read Art Jewelry Elements blog daily and this month I was lucky enough to be chosen to play along. YEAH! I received a pair of Melissa Meman's lovely teal flower charms. Here is the necklace that I made with them. I coiled copper wire for the bail and hung the charms on the end. The focal is a patinaed flower. Then I made links with teal sea glass and stone flowers for the straps. I hooked the links together with copper jump rings and teal rubber O rings. The end is copper chain with a lobster clasp. This necklace is a nod to spring which I hope comes soon. I really enjoyed being part of this challenge.
I have been hoarding these components from Kristen Stevens for quite a while because I wanted to do them justice. Since this months theme is use your stash I decided it was time to use them. I placed her stitched leaf in a wavy rings and made firepolished dangles as accents. Chain with more of the firepolished rounds makes the fringe to complete the focal. The bail is a green peyote stitched tube wrapped with wire. At the ends of the bail are Kristine's beautiful beaded beads . I painted bead caps to show them off and also to tie in with the strap colors. The straps are a four strand bracelet that I repurposed. I used fold over glue on bail leaves as accents which tie in with Kristen's lovely stitched leaf. The leaf bail idea came from Michelle Mach's new book "Unexpected Findings." I highly recommend reading her book as it contains many really unique ideas. I am sure this necklace will be worn often. I hope you like my designs. Now please check out what the other members, contributors, and guest made at http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/ 
I want to than the Art Jewelry Elements members for letting me play along this month. I really enjoyed it.

34 comments:

  1. Lovely designs Becky - particularly like the lovely textures and colours of the second necklace.

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    1. Thanx Lesley. I have admired your designs for a long time so i appreciate your kind comments.

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  2. Becky these are both lovely. The first has such a wonderful flow to it - you've really set the stage for Melissa Meman's striking pieces. And that second has such an awesome tribal vibe ... going to need to hop over to Kristen's and check those pieces out!

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    1. Thanx Cynthia, I am pleased that you like my designs because I value your opinion.

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  3. Both beautiful designs, they have a really luxurious feel to them.

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    1. Thanx Caroline, I am so glad that you like my designs.

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  4. Really pretty designs :D I joined in too Christine http://christinesjewellerybox.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/aje-challenge-reveal.html

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    1. Thanx Christine, I am very glad that you like my designs.

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  5. Looks like you had fun! Thanks for playing!

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    1. I did have fun and I enjoyed playing along.

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  6. Both really beautiful designs, I love the blues in the first one, everyone seems to be thinking spring and flowers today and the second piece has such an amazing mix of colours!

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    1. Thanx Nikki, I appreciate your kind comments and I am glad that you like my designs.

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  7. Becky these are amazing! I am totally in love with the first necklace. Those O rings were just the little extra that make that necklace. The second has such a rich play of colors.

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    1. Thanx Shai, I am pleased that you like my designs. I like my designs to be unique so I thought the o-rings helped with that. I really liked your "Roses in the Snow" necklace.

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  8. Splendid!

    I am SURE that the second necklace will become your go-to necklace.

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    1. Hi Susan yes I plan on wearing the second necklace often. Thanx for your comment.

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  9. Both necklaces are so beautiful! I love what you did with the coiled copper.

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    1. Thanx Val I am glad that you like my designs. The copper coil is easy with a coiling gizmo.

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  10. Great designs, very creative and unique.

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    1. Thanx Karin, I am very glad that you like my designs. I try to make my creations unique and I am pleased that you noticed.

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  11. Both pieces are beautiful. I love what you did. Also enjoyed that book, Unexpected Findings Lots of good ideas in there.

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    1. Thanx Lee, I am glad that you like my designs. I agree about the book there are some really clever ideas in it.

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  12. I love them both...very creative! The first one is calling my name!

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    1. Thanx Lori,Your liking my designs means a lot to me.

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  13. Oh! You did a twofer...I love that you used the component you won, plus components from your stash! Both are great designs. That copper coil centerpiece on the first one is pretty amazing.

    Thanks for participating in the design challenge this month and for reading AJE.

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    1. Thanx Jennifer. I appreciate your kind comments. Playing with wire is one of the things I enjoy doing. The coiled copper is really easy. I really enjoyed participating and I hope I get the chance to do it again.

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  14. Nicely done! I love the beaded leaf on that disc to make a larger component. Wish I had a picture of the details the bail. The spiral copper element in the first necklace - great focal!

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    1. Thanx Jennifer, I am pleased that you like my designs. I can take close ups and email them to you.

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  15. Great necklaces! I especially love the colors in the first one and the way you used that copper coil.

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    1. Thanx Sarajo, I am pleased that you like my designs. The copper coil was easy and fun to make.

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  16. I just ran into this post on your blog today..congrats on your win from the talented AJE Team! Your necklaces are bea-u-ti-ful! Great colors and the wire swirl is definitely a favorite!

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    1. Thanx Carol, I felt lucky to win the AJE components.I am very glad that you like my designs. I try to make each of my designs unique in some way.That is why I used the wire coil as a bail. I appreciate your comments.

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