Component of the Month Reveal!

Believe it or not, today is the last day of September. I have no idea where this year has gone – I just sent out an e-mail to one of our ministry teams to let them know we need to start planning for Christmas. And then I cried.

Not really. But… Christmas!

So since it’s the end of the month, today is Component of the Month reveal day over at Art Jewelry Elements. For September, the always awesome Lesley Watt provided us with these stunning “bursting seed pods”.

Art Jewelry Elements - Sept. COM
Unfortunately, my piece is not finished. I came back from the Metal Retreat with a badly swollen foot and I have been under doctor’s orders to stay off of it. (In fact, I actually wound up spending the better part of my day on Saturday at the emergency room.) But my materials are all laid out, and I have a pretty clear sense of where I’m going with the piece, so I thought I’d share some photos of that and at least give you a peek at where I’m going.

September 2013 COM
Lesley’s “pod” is very large, and I had a limited number of things in my stash that were big enough to work with it. I finally selected a faceted, pale pink Czech glass round, which fits perfectly.

September 2013 COM
I decided to use the cap upside down – sort of like a nest. I’m working on a bail design that will give the piece some heft at the top – something rounded and elongated. This piece will hang from leather cording, so the bail doesn’t have to be too large or fancy, but I didn’t want a simple wrapped loop.

September 2013 COM

I paired that combo with some pretty golden pearls that complement Lesley’s patina, plus some iridescent Czech glass beads in a gently faceted egg shape. These will be combined to make a tassel underneath the pod element – at the moment, I’m planning to use a mix of chain finishes for variety.

So that’s how my piece is coming together – my apologies to Lesley for being behind the curve on this, but my foot is not cooperating. I’ll update this post as soon as it does!

To see what the other folks make, check out this post at AJE for additional links. Thanks so much, Lesley!

11 replies
  1. diane
    diane says:

    I love having insight into the creative *process* – it’s been so long since I’ve designed one of my own quilts (time constraints + high stress level = kits or other people’s patterns) I’ve quite forgotten how to do it.

  2. Julie Bowen
    Julie Bowen says:

    I love that you’re filling out the whole component with a large bead. I think that it makes the component stand out and look truly purposeful. I’m excited to see the completed design!

  3. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Sorry you are under the weather – but I like the direction you are going in… I think the nest will be lovely. Feel better – and dream up new designs!

  4. CraftyHope
    CraftyHope says:

    The direction you’re heading with this is inspired. I really like the idea of using the pod as a sort of nest.

    I hope your foot heals up well and you get to feeling better soon. 🙂


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