Art Jewelry Elements – October reveal!


 October is going out with a bang… at least here in the Mid Atlantic. I am writing this ahead of the reveal date, as we have a predicted date with Hurricane Sandy… 

You may recall that a month or so ago – I shared with you that I had become a member of the Art Jewelry Elements team – a fantastically talented group of bead artists, jewelry artists, designers… here and in the UK. At AJE we have a challenge of sorts… Component of the Month. Components are made, and offered to the team, and in a give away to the readers. Magic happens, and we post the pix here!

October’s CotM was this crazy fabulous seed beaded bead set and leaf charm by Kristen Stevens of “My Bead Journey”. Take a look : 

AJE Oct. components

 I knew I wanted to showcase the leaf and give it a little more visual impact as it was really delicate. I have a tendenacy to incorporate text into my pieces, as you most likely have gathered by now…  In keeping with the organic concept of the piece, I chose to pair it with seed pod slices, pearls, rough emeralds, and citrine. I utilized the seed pod beads as cones of a sort, where I attached seed bead and leather strands for the back of the piece. 

AJE Oct.

Here’s a detail of the pendant…to me the leaf was asking to be embellished – so I enameled a small flower and attached it with a soft rivet, using an enameled headpin. (Thank you SueBeads!) The quote reads: “dance on the edges of time” – an excerpt from this quote by Rabindranath Tagore: “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” That quote really struck me; so perfect for the season. 

AJE Oct detail

I will say – I had never used beaded beads before and wasn’t sure how I would incorporate them into my aesthetic. ( Hence the challenge, I know…) I am very pleased with the result, and love the beads. I like the texture they add, and a bit of volume visually while being lightweight. I look forward to working with them again! Thanks Kristen!

PLease stop by the Art Jewelry Elements blog to see what my colleagues have done! 

16 thoughts on “Art Jewelry Elements – October reveal!

  1. Kristen Stevens says:

    Oh Jenny!! I have no words to describe my feelings this morning. You have created something so beautiful and I can’t believe I am part of this.


  2. jenny says:

    Thank you all for stopping by, and your kind words. Thank you Kristen for cool pieces to work with…. feeling thankful I have power to be blogging here. Looking forward to hopping myself later today!


  3. Patti Vanderbloememn says:

    Man – you picked an awesome quote to stamp-love it! You did a fantastic job, especially with the focal! I have never used a beaded bead before either, but after looking at all of the wonderful “entries” in this blog hop, I have them on my list!


  4. Michelle Buettner says:

    Wow – just wow! On both reveals!! Your necklace w/Diana’s pendant is superb – holy cow is that fantastic! And, your AJE necklace w/Kristin’s beaded beads – super cool!! I love how you stamp such profound sayings into your creations Jenny. It really brings the pieces to life and gives such meaning to each design.


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