Sunday, November 29, 2015

November 2015 Art Jewelry Element Component Challenge

There is no greater inspiration than nature, and November’s Art Jewelry Element components were inspired by lichens.  They were made by Caroline Dewison of Blueberribeads. Caroline said, "I love to walk in the local woods, finding these little treasures on the bark of the trees. They make me think of tiny little worlds."  

November AJE Lichen Components
These components are made from earthenware clay and have been colored with a combination of her own recipe glazes. Two components were given away this month.  Nicole Prince and I are the lucky winners.  I have to add that when my component arrived from the UK, I was stunned at how beautiful it was.  The photo doesn't do it justice.  The focal looks like it has pools of water sitting in it. The colors have an iridescence to them.

The component that I won is the one of the right
Lichen Necklace by Bay Moon Design
As soon as I saw the lichen, I knew exactly what beads I was going to use.  I had squirreled away a strand of biwa freshwater pearls that I got from the House of Gems awhile back,  They have the same blue, purple, gold iridescent colors as the focal.  I knew I had to save these gorgeous pearls for something special and this focal qualifies,  I made sterling silver links and clasp for this special necklace.  I love it and intend to keep it for myself!   

Here's the blog roll - enjoy!  I can't wait to see what everyone did with this beauty.

Art Jewelry Elements Team:
Lesley Watt
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Phantasm Creations
Caroline Dewison
Linda Landig
Niky Sayers
Jennifer Cameron

Other winner of the component:
Nicole Prince - Healing Beading


  1. Kathy, this is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why you are keeping it for yourself!

  2. Wow Kathy that's a stunner! Those pearls are a perfect match, the whole design has a lovely organic feel to it. Thank you so much for joining us in the challenge!

  3. That's a lovely necklace Kathy - I love themuted tones and the pearls are perfect with Caroline's pendant.

  4. Oh, beautiful! Your pearls almost look like bark that the lichen would grown on. You really created something special!

  5. Excellent match on the beads, Kathy! Great job! Thanks so much for playing with us this month!

  6. Gorgeous job! Looks elegant and rustic at the same time.

  7. I love your design with the pearls. Very nice!

  8. The pearls are so lovely and their colors really set off the pendant nicely.

  9. YES! Those pearls... so right with the grey/pewter/blue/purple. And the natural organic shapes pair so well with the... natural organic shapes!