November was Lesley Watt's turn to do the component of the month. Each member of the AJE blog received a component to create with and then Lesley had two that she was giving away all you had to do was leave a comment saying you would like to win. Well, no I did not win, but I did purchase a snowflake so I could play along in this challenge.
Lesley asked which one I would like and I told her I wanted it to be a surprise just like the other participants in this challenge. The one she sent to me is like the top two in the picture. Without further ado here is what I created with my beautiful bronze snowflake.
I call my piece Natasha, because all I could think of is a cold winter's day in Siberia. Why, you ask? I don't have an answer it's just the way my brain works. I had something else in mind for my piece before I received it in the mail and up until I sat down and started working on it. Then I took a complete 360 from my original idea and this is what happened. I have really gotten into bead embroidery lately. It just really let's my creativity flow. I love how Natasha turned out and she is very comfortable to wear and so very beautiful the pictures really do not show her true beauty.
I started out by raising up the height of the snowflake component by cutting out circles of bead backing. Then I did a peyote bezel around the snowflake. I dug through my stash and pulled out white glass pearls in 6 mm, 4 mm, and 3 mm, some denim blue and AB clear Swarosky crystals in 3 mm. I used glass bugle bead to outline the cuff, size 15 blue delicas and white silver lined cylinder seed beads to fill in the background. I also used the blue delicas to anchor the 6 mm glass pearls. I used 8 mm Czech crystals in AB clear and AB blue and a three hole connector box clasp for the back of the cuff in an Asymmetrical design.
I played around in Picmonkey and made this with a snow and frost effect.
I also made a pair of earring to go along with my cuff from a tutorial Adoraball by Tracey L Gwilliams of Crystal Star Gems and Jewelry Etsy shop.
Be sure to go by Art Jewelry Elements blog for the list of participants. I promise you will see some beautiful pieces.
Happy beading Y'all,