*if you manage to make it all the way to the end of this post, you will see how you can enter to win a guest designer spot for the March component of the month.
Francesca Watson was the hostess for the Art Jewelry Elements component of the month for February. Even though Francesca fabricates her own jewelry designs…creating most, if not all, of the elements in her designs, she is not a “component maker”. Meaning she doesn’t fabricate components to sell.
In spite of this, she jumped in with both feet to make these lovely enameled and domed discs for us to play with. I got one similar to the turquoise colored one at the top of the photo.
Originally I was thinking of going simple. But then I had a brainstorm to use one of my Nightmare Insomnia series beads in the design. Inside a circle to repeat the shape. It turned out…HUGE…measuring in at over 3″ long, 2″ wide, 3/4″ deep (not including that tube bead shown at the top of the pendant).
And I wasn’t really a fan of how awkward the disc laid because the armature I made for the Nightmare Insomnia bead was really fat too.
So I thought maybe making a short chain with jumprings for the disc to dangle from would help.
But when held up against my chest, it was still pretty awkward and the thing was getting monstrous in size.
So I removed the enameled disc from the rest of the contraption (that will be its own piece eventually) and tried again. I freehand cut out a circle-ish shape of silver sheet, textured it, and domed it with texture side in the concave portion. I was going to place the enameled disc inside the concave part. But I didn’t really like that either (no pics of that). So I will save the piece of silver for something else.
It just so happened I had a bronze “donut” that Lesley Watt made sitting on my bench. The entire time I considered the enameled disc, it was always using silver, never copper or bronze. But I really loved the bronze of Lesley’s piece. I think maybe it’s part of a toggle? Not sure…
So this is what I finally came up with.
I really love how this turned out. The only thing I am not totally in love with is the chain, so I’m considering switching it out for leather instead.
The lampwork bead I used is (of course) one of my own. It was an experiment that I wasn’t overly thrilled with, but it looks perfect with this necklace (the color is much prettier in person than in the photos).
Go see what everyone else made with their components:
Participating AJE Contributors:
Jen Cameron <—-you are here!
There’s still time to enter to throw your name into the hat to win a guest designer spot for March using these gorgeous lentil shaped beads by Joanne Tinley. Winners will be announced Friday evening March 1.