If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I am very fortunate to be part of a group of writers and jewelry artists who collaborate on a blog called Art Jewelry Elements. Every month, one of us makes components available to the others as well as to some of our readers via a random giveaway. At the end of that month, everyone writes a post about the component they received and what they made with it.
Well, for the first time, February was my turn to create the component for everyone. I was surprisingly nervous about it – components haven’t been my thing, at least not in the sense that I have offered them by themselves to other artists, and it felt a little bit like sending a little piece of myself out into the world. (My AJE reveal post is here.) These are the components I offered – everyone who participated got one, the color randomly chosen as I packed them up for mailing:
So before you head over to the other blogs to see what everyone made, take a look at what I came up with:
I found some terrific vintage copper “S” stampings online at my friend Heather’s Etsy shop back before Christmas, and I used them to make a bunch of oversized focals for the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop that Lorelei Eurto organized. (I missed the last half of it because I got the flu, remember?) I had a couple left over, and the green of this little green disc coordinated almost perfectly with the mottled green on the larger piece. I connected them with a simple balled-end link.
I initially thought it might look good with some chain, but in the end, the greenish tone of some new brass beads, the warmth of a few copper rounds, and some green and bronze freshwater pearls seemed like a better fit. I’m not entirely sure I love how the two enameled pieces work together, but I’m leaving it out on my workbench for a couple of days and we’ll see if it grows on me.
NOW: head on over to these fine folks and see what they did with a similar component. Ready? Set? GO! (And don’t forget to leave them a little comment love – tell ’em I sent you, OK?)
Participating AJE Contributors
Francesca Watson <– YOU ARE HERE
Dawn Horner – http://www.northernadornments.com/blog
Kym Hunter – http://kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson – http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Shelley Graham Turner – http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/
Sandi Volpe – http://sandivolpe.com/