AJE Component of the Month Reveal!

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!

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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.

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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! :D

Now for the “hop” part of this blog hop! Check out what everyone made in this glorious stash-busting event!

AJE team: 
Guest Participants ( aka winners)
Samantha- Wescott Jewelry – you are here!
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Nikki – Silver Nik nats
Yvette – Blue Kiln Beads
Bonus participants! 
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29 Responses to AJE Component of the Month Reveal!

  1. Shai says:

    Love this necklace! The color of the beads you choose really highlight the focal.


    • samwescott says:

      Thanks, Shai! (beautiful name, btw)

      And thank you! I don’t really like working with stark contrasts and warming up a black and white focal was tricky for me. The Tilas were a total whim and everything just clicked into place nicely from there!


  2. Karin says:

    Beautiful piece, the bezel is such a great idea and the spiral is gorgeous.


  3. Les says:

    Love this monochrome design – very striking and a great way to set off Caroline’s bead.


  4. I’m thrilled to see what you’ve done with my component Samantha, you did an amazing job. The bezel is really cleverly done and the rope is stunning! Thanks for playing along :)


  5. Hi Samantha, Your design is wonderful. You showed that focal to full advantage.


  6. Lindsay S says:

    Lovely! What an unexpected combination…love that tila bead capture too…I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for playing!


    • samwescott says:

      My friend Carole Ohl runs a bead store about an hour from me. She sells all sorts of lampwork and is always coming up with great ways to incorporate big focals with more delicate seed bead work. The bezel idea came straight from her. :D


  7. niky sayers says:

    Wow that looks like alot of work! A really lovely piece and it must have taken so long to make, anyone who deals with such tiny seed beads and can make such beautiful pieces really is a wonder!


  8. Yvette says:

    I love the bezel you made for your bead. It’s along time since I did any beadweaving, I haven’t seen lampwork beads be given this treatment – love it!


  9. Mesmerizing design. Bravo!


  10. beadlove says:

    Wow this is gorgeous. Just everything about it!


  11. Spectacular! You framed that bead so perfectly! The rope is fantastic, the perfect showcase!


  12. Wow! That’s fantastic! I adore the framework for the bead and the rope is divine! Thanks for participating in the design challenge this month and for reading AJE!


  13. Jenny says:

    Crazy cool! That bezel is genius. As someone who is adept at bead embroidery but a novice at bead weaving… so inspiring. Im glad Caroline’s bead was a challenge and an inspiration! Thats the dynamic duo! Thanks for participating!


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  15. Linda Landig says:

    What an amazing necklace you have created!!! The bezel is super cool and I’m so impressed with your spiral chain. I took a class to learn how to do that and I was just about tearing my hair out in frustration. You have my admiration!


  16. wendy says:

    it looks great! such a clever solution. I love the beaded rope


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