My luck just never seems to run out! I was randomly chosen once again to participate in the Art Jewelry Elements blog’s August Component of the Month challenge. (You may recall that I was also chosen back in January. You can read about that wonderful experience here.)
I was lucky enough to receive this gorgeous component from Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studios. The colors were randomly sent out, but I got the exact shade I wanted!
So, when I first got a look at this pendant, I immediately ran to my stash of seed beads. I grabbed a handful of 11/0’s that coordinated and found some perfect jasper beads and even complimentary Czech glass beads and Rizos.
Unfortunately, my muse was being completely contrary. Nothing I tried worked! I wasted a significant part of my month trying out different types of twisted herringbone, assorted braids, and even straight up stringing, but nothing was working.
I decided to go back to the AJE blog and look for inspiration. My attention was immediately captured by all the lovely mixed media pieces. I put my carefully selected bead palette away (don’t worry, I will revisit that color combo later), and pulled out my ribbons and chains.
I started with taking some sari silk, silk ribbons, and matte chain and did a Lark’s head knot on the coin pendant and took it from there.
I did a bunch of braiding and then added the drop with some REALLY messy wire wrapping (I cannot do wire work to save my life), so I covered in up with more sari silk.
I don’t think the end result is too bad after all!
It is definitely far out of my comfort zone, but isn’t that the point of these challenges? I will probably never abandon my precious seed beads, but it’s nice to know that I can still make something nice out of fabric and chain and a bit of blood and tears. Haha.
Thanks again to the AJE team for letting me participate in this beading adventure! Please take the time to hop around to the other blogs to see what everyone made with Diana’s gorgeous stoneware pendants!
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