|Acorn Headpin by BayMoonDesign|
During the month of March Heather Powers of Humblebeads is hosting a book-along challenge. The challenge is to create a piece of jewelry inspired by a project or technique in Powers latest book. Beautiful Elements. Entries can be submitted until March 25th on the Humblebeads VIP facebook page. She will randomly picked winners from all the entries on March 26th. Prizes include a $100 and a $50 gift certificate from Humblebeads.com.
|Beautiful Elements by Heather Powers|
Beautiful Elements is a mixed-materials jewelry-making project and technique book that teaches simple techniques using wire, metal, and polymer clay to enhance and personalize beaded jewelry. There are thirty projects that teach how to create natural shapes from metal, “sketch” with a hammer to create clever designs, and transform bits of polymer clay and wire into adornments. The book covers how to make simple findings like handcrafted earring wires, chain, and toggle clasps.
|Dark Annealed Steel Wire|
I am working my way through Beautiful Elements and I want to share what I have learned so far and what I am working on in the book. Heather uses dark annealed steel wire in a number of her projects. I never used it before and I love it now.
|Beginnings of ceramic earrings by BayMoonDesign|
I am working on a pair of earrings now. I absolutely love how easy it was to wrap the ceramic for this earring with the dark annealed steel wire. I also love the rustic and earthy look it gives.
|Beginnings of Acorn earrings by BayMoonDesign|
|Copper Oak Leaf and Acorn Pendant on Wreath by BayMoonDesign|
I am pleased that I have been able to add to my skills with this book. I hope you will join the challenge or stop by the Humblebeads VIP facebook page to see what others have created. Which project do you think I should enter in the challenge?