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AJE Component of the Month - Melissa Meman

It's that time again - time for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month challenge. This time, it was Melissa Meman who provided us with some morsels to play with!  She makes awesome copper clay components.  This is the one I chose.

I knew I wanted to do bead weaving (again!!!) and I picked some awesome colors to go along with the copper - peacock blue and wisteria.

I did a spiral rope with size 8 peacock color beads and size 11 wisteria. I have to say, I don't like this method of using 3 8s as the base and 4 11s as the spiral - it's too loose for me.  I will write about this for my Tuesday post on AJE. 

I used some beautiful angelite faceted rounds I had as an accent to the necklace, with about an inch of spiral rope in between the trio of beads.  The color of this angelite is really amazing! 

As I was toggle clasp deficient, I decided to make some.  I punched 22 gauge copper sheet with my disc cutter, cut a hole in it, textured it, dapped it, filed the rough edges with sandpaper, antiqued it with LOS, and finally tumbled it for a couple of hours.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I used some 12 gauge FREE electrical scrap wire for the toggle part!  I hammered the ends to make them flat, and they turned out awesome as well!

I made a connector with copper wire, copper heishes and an angelite faceted bead.  I don't like the way it lays, so I ordered a bail.  It hasn't arrived yet, but when it does, I'll use the bail to hang the pendant. 

And this is the final product!  I like it, love the colors.  I hope you like it too!  Please check out what everyone else made, including our guests, by visiting their blogs!

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Kathy Lindemer said…
The colors are wonderful. Well done!
Lindsay said…
I love that combo of purple and blue...but I would never have thought of putting it with copper! Lovely! And I love how you added some texture with larger beads too :)
Lindsay said…
I love that combo of purple and blue...but I would never have thought of putting it with copper! Lovely! And I love how you added some texture with larger beads too :)
Lindsay said…
Lovely Sue! Blue and purple has long been one of my favorite color combos...but I would not have thought to put it with copper! Love the play of textures with the larger beads too. Great job!
Shirley Moore said…
I love the colors you chose to compliment her star. My personal preference for spiral rope is a triple spiral, for the just the reason you said on yours. I do love that angelite, I've not heard of that gemstone. And you are such a multi talented woman, the claps is awesome!!
Cassi said…
That is beautiful! I love how the colors compliment the metal, and I like the way you dropped the large component down from the necklace to give them some separation.
Melissa Meman said…
Sue, that is absolutely gorgeous! Your beading skills have really the color as well. I also really like that you used that amazing toggle clasp you created. Thank you so much for playing!
Carol Briody said…
I am defintely loving those colors, too! Your necklace reminds me of new Crocuses and Spring! Hurry Spring! Beautiful piece!
Beautiful Susan, I love the colors you chose to go with the beautiful copper pendant that Melissa made. I am not a big fan of the spiral rope either for the same reasons, but I found that the more rows of 4 11/0's you go through the same 3 8/0's the tighter and fuller it gets.
patty miller said…
Sue, that is lovely. I love the angelite beads. That clasp is TDF!
Karen Totten said…
I LOVE this... your beaded rope is lovely and really sets off the copper nicely.
Niky Sayers said…
I love the colours you have used and wow that necklace must have taken so long (I can't seed bead with out ending up in a giant knotted mess) A really charming design and I love your clasp.
Kristi Bowman said…
Gorgeous Sue!!! You're really doing beautiful bead work and the clasp is great. Everything makes Melissa's Components stand out!
Suntsa said…
Oh, what a beautiful necklace!
Caroline said…
Amazing colours Sue and it's a beautiful design!
Shaiha said…
Totally gorgeous! I just love the colors you choose to go with the copper. And that clasp. Just all around yummy.
Divya N said…
I have been loving cool blues and lilacs lately and this piece looks beautiful
Jennifer said…
You are SO making me want to try spiral rope again... Looks great!
Becky Pancake said…
Your necklace is wonderful Sue. Love the colors.

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