Over at Art Jewelry Elements, we have a Component of the Month Challenge each month. The members of AJE can play along, and a few people are selected from comments! This month, Lesley Watt is the host of the CoM challenge! She has the most wonderful things in her Thea Too shop, you really do need to check it out. I have several items of hers that I have not used because, well, I'm a bead hoarder just like you!
This is the focal she sent us - a beautiful bronze snowflake! I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do with it. Since I wanted to add a bail, and it would be permanent, I did not want to be hasty. I used E6000 and glued the bail on! There, that wasn't so hard, was it?
This is not exactly the color scheme I had in mind. Nor the amount of strands I wanted to use. I was thinking of an earth-toned color scheme, and it was going to be a six-strand necklace all with small seed beads. However, this month being the shortest month in history (ha ha, I know not really, but that's what it feels like) I did not have time to make that happen. After I left the doctors office (having waited an HOUR for my daughter to see the doctor) I jetted to JoAnn Fabric because I knew knew knew they had to have a better selection of seed beads than my local Michaels. Wrong. They had a worse selection, if you can believe it. I did not have time to run to a small bead store, and as beggars can't be choosers, I went with what I could find from what I had at home! Yes, Keirstan Giles should be proud! I purchased this mixed bead set (from China, I know, I'm cringing even as I type it) and used bronze colored seeds and purple colored seeds that I had on hand.
While it's not what was in my head when I set out to make it, I do like it. It's long, as is the style right now. I do like the colors, but I may eventually take it apart and complete my dream! Thank you Lesley for sending us such a great piece to work with. You can see what every else made by following the links below: