Yep, I used the brown shard shaped beads on the left. To tell the story of the design, I invite you back in time with me to 2013 and the January Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month. I loved the pie beads by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio that were the component that month. I eventually got one, and it’s been sitting in my stash for a few years.
I was visiting with family this weekend, and we did some experimenting. My mom used Vintaj patina to color ball chain to go with some Yvonne Irvin-Faus Ethereals pendants I shared with her. The picture doesn’t really show it, but she nailed the colors and the finished necklaces look great.
I was inspired a while ago by Lorelei Eurto when she painted some keys to great effect. I also thought about how my dad uses bark to make pins, and the repurposing ideas from Art Elements. So I decided to paint some wood. I asked my parents to look for some good specimens on their walks, and they found some great ones a couple months ago after the snow melted.
At first I had thought about painting stripes of different colors, then possibly a stencil, but I ended up painting a first layer of a beautiful steel grey and then dabbing on some white with paper towel. I got a driftwood or stone look.
I auditioned several chains, and decided on some Very Vintage white chain from A Grain of Sand. I think it turned out great! I even braved a power tool to drill the hole, pretty good for a chicken!
My mom, sister and brother-in-law joined in for some resin fun. Some things are still busy drying. My mom and I tried the double pour where we poured some, let it dry, then poured more so we could make things look like they were floating. I can show that experiment later. I have two things to show today.
This was just an extra bezel. I asked my BIL to draw in his style on a scrapbook piece of paper. I stuck it in the bezel and the resin is so glass perfect you can’t even see it! I’m going to use this in a bracelet. I’ve asked him to draw on another piece for a future project.
I’m hoarding some of these beautiful handmade brass bezels by Cynthia Thornton. I wanted to use some Ice Resin Opals in the fire opal color to make it look like a geode that got cracked open. I wanted the green color in the mix to show the most, and I had seen a video that suggested painting the back of the bezel to do that. I painted the inside of the bezel an emerald green. I don’t know if it helped or not, but I think I got a really nice look. It looks fantastic in the light.
It was so fun to try some things. My brother-in-law is keen to try resin again, and my mom and I are going to try texturing it using this Nunn Design tutorial. I hope you are having a wonderful time where you are.
Today is the reveal for the Art Elements January Component of the Month Challenge. Mixed media artist Lindsay Starr of Phantasm Creations provided the components this month – painted leather cabs. Some were painted with dots and some spattered with paint. I got a spattered cab. I loved them when I first saw them, but just seeing “cab” was enough to intimidate me. Then Lindsay changed all that with her great post about the components. To quote: “Even if you are not a seed beader, these cabs should be something you can work with. You could prong set, drill, or pierce them.” I decided to try something new!
I forgot to take a picture of my cab, but here is one of Lindsay’s from her post.
Mine is the red one at the top. I recently got a rotary tool, but had been a bit intimidated by that as well. This gave me the chance to use it. One of the best things about challenges is when they stretch our creative skills. Although the placement of my holes is not perfect, I feel good about it overall.
I made so many sketches of possible designs because this cab can go with everything. I ended up going with none of those ideas. I had gotten a beautiful pair of earrings from Sasha Crow, but I can no longer wear earrings. I couldn’t bear the idea of giving them away; they are too beautiful. So I decided to repurpose them! I removed the wire from one and used it as a dangle along with a bead from Lynda’s Lampwork. I used waxed linen as my stringing material with large hole metal beads to cover the knots where they connect to the cab. Dark amber works well in color and feel with the cab, and I was able to bring in a little of some other design ideas that involved playing up the white spatter with a little rustic seabird by Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.
I finished the necklace off with a gorgeous hammered indigo toggle from Miss Fickle Media and am pleased with the dramatic look of the piece. Thank you so much to Lindsay Starr and Art Elements for letting me participant in this challenge. Please visit the blogs below to see what others made with their cabs!