Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Buried treasure — AJE January Challenge

I have a lot of buried treasure, aka my bead stash. Thankfully, Art Jewelry Elements is encouraging me to delve deep and dig out some of those little treasures for their first blog hop of the year, whimsically called the Buried Treasure challenge.

Like most beaders, I have a pretty good stash. Like most beaders, I’m not always good at using the beautiful beads in my stash. So challenges like this are great for making me dig for inspiration.

Anyway, I thought I would make some earrings. First off the ranks uses some of my very carefully hoarded Elaine Ray ceramic beads. Elaine no longer makes beads, so these are seriously precious. Most of them I got via a friend in the US who went to one of her trunk shows for me (thank you Diana K).

I paired these lovely little charms, which are dark blue which turns lighter blue as the glaze breaks over the stamped flower, with dark blue Czech beads, knotted together with chocolate brown waxed linen.

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The second treasure I pulled from my stash was a pair of copper charms from Kristi Bowman Design with a hole through the middle of the bead. These took a bit of thought about how to attach them to earwires as the distance from the hole in the centre to the edge was too far for a jump ring. In the end I used waxed linen again to wrap a jump ring to the top of the charm. I also created a tassel of sorts with some pretty aqua silk ribbon I got at a local bead show last year.

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Thanks AJE for the push I needed to go look through my buried treasure! This is a blog hop … go visit the other beady blogs that are participating to see what they pulled from their stash!

AJE team:

Guests:
Melissa – Bead Recipes <– YOU ARE HERE
Sarajo – SJ Designs
Samantha – Wescott Jewelry
Mona – Bijoux Gem
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ACM contest

One of the Facebook groups I follow—Artisan Component Marketplace—recently held a contest for jewellery designers. The brief? To design a piece of jewellery using a component from one of the many artisans who are members of the group.

I happened to have a pair of polymer clay “sinkers” made by Kristi Bowman languishing in my stash, and this challenge was the perfect opportunity to use them. I chose a couple of Czech glass table cut flowers and wired them together, and wrapped the join between them with sari silk, inspired by the creative ways Kristi Bowman uses sari silk in her own designs. The dangles are hung from a pair of Rebecca Anderson‘s Deco Rose earwires in antiqued sterling silver to make a sweet pair of earrings.

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Much to my surprise, I won second place in the contest! Thank you to Artisan Component Marketplace, the judging panel and to Kristi Bowman for the delightful sinkers, and the inspiration! And I’m looking forward to receiving some new components from Kristi, courtesy of the $25 gift voucher I won!