This post almost didn’t happen. My computer began behaving very strangely last night while I was trying to edit these photos – flickering screen, locking up, the works. I thought it was a goner, to the point that Nick was looking up the cost of new laptops online while I sobbed.
Well, OK, I wasn’t really sobbing. But I was bummed.
However, a Time Machine backup, a virus scan, and a software update later, it seems to be working just fine. (On the other hand, it is 2:00 a.m. as I am typing this, which means something isn’t working the way it’s supposed to!)
So without further ado, here is my Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal!
The lovely and talented Jo Tinley from Daisychain Designs in the UK provided us with these really wonderful hollow beads, which turned out to be MUCH smaller than I expected. (This was not a bad thing, as you will see.)
I got one with the little dots, and honestly I couldn’t stop holding it and turning it over in my hands. It is just the right size to fiddle with absent-mindedly, and has the most lovely texture. I was so inspired, in fact, that I ordered in a bunch of copper and am planning to try some of these myself! Thankfully, Jo provided us with a great tutorial for how she makes them – check it out!
Initially, I thought about wire wrapping mine and using it as the top of a larger focal, but the bead had holes that were closer to the top of the bead than the middle. I was going to have to string it, then – so here’s what I did with mine. And it all came together in the first attempt!
Here’s a close-up of Jo’s bead:
I framed it with Swarovski crystals in a pretty green/grey cantaloupe color and heavy copper beads that mimic the patina in Jo’s bead. Then I added white 4mm and bronze 10mm Swarovski pearls. I framed the whole thing with a small copper rolo chain hung with Czech glass drops in a pale caramel color.
Then I joined the two strands to a heavier copper rolo chain and finished the whole thing off with a hand-forged copper clasp. This is not my usual style at all, but I wore this for our Easter services yesterday and it was so comfortable and feminine – yet another COM piece that won’t be going anywhere but into my private collection!
Want to see what everyone else did with theirs? Head on over to Art Jewelry Elements for the reveal post for more eye candy!