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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Componet of the Month for May

Today is the reveal day for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month and I am one of the lucky ones that was chosen to participate.  May's Component of the Month was made by Susan Kennedy of Sue's Beads.  We were given either a set of three pressed flower beads, or 1 pressed flower cabochon.  I was given the first set of pressed flower beads shown in this picture. 

Many ideas ran through my mind about how to use the beads and what to make.

Do I use dark green beads?

Do I use light colored beads?

Do I use light colored beads with light blue and dark blue beads?

After deciding which beads to use, I then had to decide how I wanted to use the beads.  Do I use them in a horizontal row or do I use them in a vertical row?

I made the decision to use them in a vertical row but I did this in a different manner than what you might expect.

I added small lobster claw clasps to two of the beads and to the bail that the beads will hang from.  You can hang them in a variety of designs.  You can hang one bead, two beads or all three beads.

I decided to string the light colored beads with small accent beads with gold spacers.  I used a bail that I attached a small lobster claw clasp to so that the Component of the Month could be added.

Here is the finished necklace with the Component of the Month attached.  I also made matching earrings.

Here are a couple of pictures to show how the Component can be changed.

One bead

Two of the beads
All three beads

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog to see what the other participants did with their components.



  1. Beautiful and really clever! I love the idea of switching it around to suit!

  2. Carolyn, your idea is fantastic! I love how you can add the beads, and the colors you used really highlight them perfectly! Very cool! Thank you so much for playing along!

  3. Great versatility! The palette you chose makes the beads sing! You could even clip them together in a cluster, couldn't you?! Hmm.

  4. Oooh! The versatility of this necklace is really fun! What a great idea!

    Thanks for reading AJE and for participating in the design challenge!

  5. What a clever idea! You can change it depending on your mood or neckline.

  6. Very cute necklace - and what a clever idea to have he beads detachable.

  7. A beautiful piece. I love that you can change up the focal. What a great design.

  8. Great design idea! I love the way you allowed choices in your design. Lovely work!

  9. I love the light/dark contrast you went with, it makes the lampwork even more stunning! Very clever pendant configuration, I must say I like all three of them together the best! The gold metal is lovely with this (I almost went with this set myself--I loved the tone-on-tone in the red family.) The garnet-colored beads are just perfect.

  10. Love how adaptable this design is! So many different lengths and colors, a whole wardrobe in one necklace.

  11. I like them best with the light colored beads too. And what a clever design idea. Nice job.

  12. Oooh, nice elegant piece with built-in design choices, Carolyn :) Me like!

  13. Interchangable!!! Brilliant!

  14. We both got the same beads and I have to agree that going with light colors is such a nice complement and really makes Sue's beads shine! :-) What a clever idea to make the pendant so it could easily be changed to suit any outfit!