Skip to main content

April AJE Component of the Month Reveal!

Yet another month has passed us by, it's time for the April Component of the Month Reveal over at Art Jewelry ElementsLesley Watt provided components for us for April - buttons, or clasps, however you wanted to use them!  The one I chose was right in the middle!

 As usual, I did not take a photo of the button before I actually used it, so here is a closeup! 

 I had a few idea in my head none of which really worked out.  I didn't have the right color beads, I couldn't find the right color glass to make beads, I didn't have the right color waxed linen...on and on.  Finally, I went to Michael's for a little visual stimulation.  While I was there, I picked up the citrine (???) chips and the bronze colored beads.
 I strung three strands of beads (I already had the seed beads at home, woo hoo!) and then braided them before I attached to the bronze clasp with the crimp beads.  The bronze clasp is kind of urchin-ey, so I felt it worked really well.  Plus, I'm really into bronze these days!

I really like how it turned out!  Here's a list of everyone else who participated, check out what they  made with Lesley's components.  And thanks very much Lesley, for a great challenge!


Leah Curtis said…
Lovely bracelet, Sue! The clasp you received is just gorgeous, and your bracelet is beautiful.
Lesley said…
Gorgeous Sue...really love the way you've used the button as a focal and the braided layers are so pretty. Thank you.
Shirley Moore said…
Sue, I was so excited to see your bracelet! It has a rich feel to it, while totally able to work with jeans and a tshirt. I've seen those citrine beads at Michaels, so that was very cool to see how pretty they work with other beads! Well done!!
Kristen said…
This is just beautiful! I love the citrine pop you pulled from Lesley's bead!
Love, love, love this color palette!! I would wear this every day!!
lunedreams said…
This is a stunner! I would say your trip to Michael's was a success! Love the citrine and bronze with that button, and the three strands balance out the button nicely. Beautiful!
Kathy Lindemer said…
Great colors and design! What would we do without Michaels!
This bracelet is like a treasure chest for the wrist! I LOVE it!
Oooh, love the the textures, the interplay of color! Classic and gorgeous!
TesoriTrovati said…
I am glad you DIDN'T have the right glass, as these stones and this design are the perfect complement to that lovely button! Enjoy the day! Erin
Diana P. said…
Sue, I LOVE the color combo you did for your bracelet! It's sooooooooo pretty. Hmmmm, I may have to make something in these colors to wear during the summer. Great job!
Becky Pancake said…
Great job Sue. Your bracelet is lovely.
Karen Totten said…
Oh My Goodness. I love this design! So beach and tropical. Makes me think SUMMER!
Melissa Meman said…
Sue, I love the colors and design you used with that gorgeous ammonite button!
Shaiha said…
I just love that blue-green color and you did such a beautiful job of highlighting and complimenting the bead/clasp.
Caroline said…
That's beautiful Sue, I love how you've got so many colours to work in harmony together!
CraftyHope said…
I really love the colors you pulled together for this bracelet. I think I would have been stumped with that button, despite its beauty. Your choices totally inspire me.
Roxanne Mendoza said…
Gorgeous bracelet! Love the colors you braided together.

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Accident!

Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!

Art Elements Theme of the Month - Seed Pods

The theme for July was seed pods, chosen by Jen. I made a Pinterest board for seed pods - I seem to be using Pinterest a little bit more lately, although it's such a time suck! Not sure how to get the image to appear, though, so you'll have to follow the link I guess!

I have made many headpins that look like seed pods, and wanted to make more, but just didn't have time to do it in glass.  Here are some photos of ones I have made in the past.

I really really wanted to get some done, but I didn't get to. What I did get to do was experiment a bit in polymer clay.  These beads were made using the "salt method". You roll the polymer in salt (not the super fine salt but a little bit bigger grain) and then bake it. When they are done baking, you rinse them off and the salt melts, and you get this impression in the clay that makes them look like seed pods! The top bead is just a pretty orange/ochre color that I highlighted…

Art Elements Theme Challenge - August - Swirls

This month Marsha Neal chose swirls as the theme of the month! I'm enjoying the challenges as themes. I've been giving my wrist a break because of perceived carpal tunnel, so I've been doing a lot in polymer, and by a lot, I mean when I have a few half hours of time!

Here are the swirl themed polymer items I made for this month!

This first one reminds me of a fiddlehead fern, all closed up. I painted it with alcohol inks.

This next one is the before of the ammonite hearts I did. Two of my favorite things, ammonites and hearts! Colored with alcohol inks.

 I made two, the colors turned out very different!
More spirals in the form of polymer clay ammonite cabochons. I really love mixing the paints to color these! Plus you get a gratuitous flower shot!
 More ammonites colored with ranger patina inks and alcohol inks in that order.
 My fave, I think - I love the colors! Alcohol inks.
This next one was made with acrylic paint and I tried crackle on it, didn't work out too w…