Back in April I found out about Artisan Whimseys (AW) 5x5 Test Group. This group is comprised of 5 AW artists who test 5 identical samples from the host for that month. The host for the June issue was going to be Elaine Ray, a sweet and talented ceramic artist. I was chosen as one of the testers and Elaine sent me the following components:
|Elaine Ray Components for June Bead Chat Magazine 5x5 Test Group|
I started with the leaf headpins, these earrings came to me pretty easily, I love headpins and I LOVE how these came out!!
|Elaine Ray Leaf Headpin Earrings June 5x5 Beat Chat Magazine|
So, I cut out a strip and wired it in place...voila!
Next up was the dark blue dangle. All the loops had me stumped. I thought about dangling chain or connecting strips of macrame between the loops but nothing seemed to come out the way I saw it in my head. I did end up trying a section of wire macrame inspired by Lesley Watt (see it at the top on either side of the glass art bead)!! Here's what I made:
|Elaine Ray Component bracelet|
The last piece had me completely stumped! My mind kept going to a "Stop Light" which didn't help. Once I changed my perspective and opened my mind a bit I thought of a planter box or trellis. I made this one into a magnet.
Here's a picture with all of the jewelry pieces I made together
This experience has been so much fun! I loved "meeting" Elaine Ray and working with her components. You really need to check out Bead Chat Magazine now, you can see what the other 4 testers did with these same pieces!
The whole magazine is full of gorgeous Eye Candy and some seriously talented people. I am so happy I got picked for this challenge!