Thursday, February 28, 2013

Francesca Watson Art Jewelry Elements Components Challenge

About 4 weeks ago, I entered a challenge on Art Jewelry Elements blog.  Every month they have a designer offer up some of their components to winners chosen from the comments to design something with them.  This month it was a great enameled disc from Francesca Watson.  I was notified on the 12th I was one of the winners. All I had to do was design something with the component and post about it at the end of the month.  Unfortunately, Francesca wasn't able to get the components mailed to us until about the 12th and I didn't receive it until about the 16th.  I was out of town until then and then had 2 weeks worth of volunteer work that I had signed up for.  So this has been really tight for me. And then my Dad (who is 83) had to have an emergency appendectomy last Thursday (which they tell us is very unusual for anyone his age), so I lost Thursday and Friday, being at the hospital with him and my mom. So, the first idea I had for the component wasn't going to work as it involved some cutting and torch work, which I had never done and didn't have time for once I received the disc. (I wanted to try something with an old/vintage spoon, but had never tried this before)  So on to a new idea. I had started working with my new Kumihimo flat disc, and thought the colors in the braid I was working on would go great with the disc.  Unfortunately, I've been so busy, I haven't gotten to work on it as much as I thought I would.  And I have the dickens of a time finding endings for my Kumihimo braids. Hopefully these will work and hold up alright.  Anyway, I made my Kumihimo braid, wire-wrapped some small pearls to attach to the disc, wrapped small silver chain around the Kumihimo braid and attached the disc to one of the links of the chain that is wrapped around the braid.  I finished it off with a sweet little silver heart toggle clasp I won from another giveaway Blue Moon Beads.  Hopefully you like it and my picture shows up well. I was running out of light by the time I got this finished. (The material I used for the braid was actually strips of material for quilting that I cut into strips.  I liked all the color and design in them, although it doesn't show up as well as I was hoping in the braid.)  So, without further ado, here's my piece with Francesca's great enameled disc:  "All Wrapped Up"

Here's the list of the Participating AJE Contributors:

Jenny Davies-Reazor -

Susan Kennedy -

Linda Landig -

Francesca Watson -

And here's the list of the Guest Designers.  Please be sure to visit each blog to see what they created:

Dawn Horner -

Sandi Volpe -
Thanks Francesca for letting me play along with one of your fantastic enameled discs. I love it.

If you're looking for some of my other jewelry pieces or my Stained Glass, Mosaics or Fused Glass kreations for your Home or Garden, check my shop, KayzKreationz.  If you're looking for the Zinio magazine giveaway, check here. It goes to Sunday.


Kristi Bowman said...

Beautiful Kay, I love that fiber!!! Thanks for joining our challenge!

Francesca Watson said...

Sounds like you had a challenging month, but I think you did a great job with this anyway! The fiber look with that disc is really pretty! Thanks for participating in our challenge. :-)

Jennifer Cameron said...

what a fun and funky necklace! love the addition of the fiber. Thank you for reading AJE and for being a guest designer this month.

Melissa Meman said...

Wow, that is a fabulous creation!!

SueBeads said...

Very pretty for the amount of time you had to work on it!!!!! I hope everything is ok for you now! Thanks for playing along!

Jennifer said...

Wow! You pulled it off under pressure - amazing accomplishment with the pressures you had! Well done! Kumihimo is crazy!

Northern Adornments said...

The kumihimo you made is lovely and compliments Francesca's piece nicely!! I love some of the other ideas you had too :) Hope all is going better for your family!

Shel said...

Amazing necklace (despite all you had going on!) I love the fiber and the colors/textures are just fabulous. Beautiful work.

Shelley Graham Turner said...

What a pretty, pretty piece. Very creative and just pure lovliness. For real! ~ Shelley

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Lovely kumihimo! The colors really complement the pendant.