Friday, July 31, 2015

AJE Component of the Month - Niky Sayers

This month, the Component of the Month for the Art Jewelry Elements team was by Niky Sayers - she sent us fun farthing clasps!  I love her work - you can find her jewelry etsy store here - and her coponent store here - and was thrilled with the clasp. As usual, I forgot to take a photo of it on it's own before I started making something, so here's Niky's photo!

And here's the one I received!


When I received it in the mail, I knew I wanted to make the clasp the centerpiece, and wanted to have a multi-strand bracelet.  I immediately thought of making many strands of seed beads and went to work looking on etsy for some beads that appealed to me.  I finally settled on the set here - they are called Olive Picasso Travertine and I purchased them from Beachartz on etsy.

 So, as I made the bracelet, I decided that three strands were probably enough, given the size of the beads and the size of the clasp, and the size of my time! So, in general, I like the bracelet and would wear it.  What I don't like is seeing the crimp beads, which I'll fix by adding crimp bead covers.  However, I really am not satisfied with the way I have attached the strands to the clasp.  I think there has to be a better way.  Here's a photo of what I made:

I need to make a better "eye" for the hook, so if anyone has some ideas I'm all for them.  I don't like how you can see it when the bracelet is closed.

I also have other ideas now, and may just take this apart and use some of my favorite gemstones instead of multi-strand seed beads.  But that will be for another day!  Please check out what everyone else made this month! And thanks for stopping by!

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11 comments:

Niky Sayers said...

Sue, I really love what you made, I wanted to make a multi strand bracelet at first too but have no idea how to use beading wire and crips etc and the thought of wire wrapping a gazilion beads did not appeal to me.
The colours are amazing really bright and zingy and It really dose make the clasp a focal point! Thank you so much for joining in, I have really enjoyed seeing what you have created!

Kristen Stevens said...

I do love your color choices and admire your ability to make wire work for you.

Nan Smith said...

I love your bracelet just the way it is. Wonderful colours and the design really highlights Niky's clasp.What fun this is!

Lesley said...

This is a really pretty bracelet Sue - the beads you chose are just perfect with the copper of the clasp - me likey :o)

Veralynne Malone said...

Pretty! I love the colors and how the clasp really sets them off. Excellent Job.

Caroline said...

Those beads are lovely, they bring out the colour of the coin beautifully, it's a gorgeous design!

Linda said...

Oooo, I love those beads with the copper coin! Great choice.
You could go for crimp covers or pull all the ends into an antiqued copper end cone.

Lindsay said...

So pretty Sue!

Jennifer said...

I like it. It reminds me of Indian Corn... and that's a good association to me. Fall, leaves, harvest, birds over head.... Really pretty, Sue!

Karen Totten said...

Very pretty - love the colors and the little beads.

Karen Totten said...

Very pretty - love the colors and the little beads.

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