So, I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the winners to participate in the Art Jewelry Elements Blog’s January Component of the Month Challenge! I was sent a secret handmade component by Caroline Dewison of BlueberriBeads. When it arrived in the mail, I was so excited about how lovely it was! The leaves are so crisp and pretty!
However, I was a bit concerned because it was so much bigger than the beads I usually work with…
I needed inspiration, so I went to visit my local bead stores. I knew I wanted to bezel the lentil, but didn’t want to cover up too much of the design with beads. Luckily, my friend Carole Ohl suggested using Tila beads to make an openwork frame. Bezel? Check!
I wanted to add some color somewhere, so I used the blue/gray Tila beads. I tried to incorporate that blue in the necklace to keep the piece from being too washed out. I decided on a spiral rope using blue/green iris hex beads, matte black drops, and seed beads in black, matte off-white, and reflective blue. I then finished it off with a black toggle set.
I am really happy with the finished result.
Thanks so much to the AJE team for letting me participate and thanks to Caroline Dewison in particular for sending me such a pretty piece! 😀
Now for the “hop” part of this blog hop! Check out what everyone made in this glorious stash-busting event!