I’m so glad the Art Jewelry Elements design team is continuing the open challenges this year. I had a great time with the themes last years challenges. And the theme they chose to kick off 2016 is another fun one: Eye Love Beads. As in, jewelry with eyes.
No, not actual eyes. That would be a little too Silence of the Lambs. Rather, the challenge is to design a piece of jewelry, an art bead, or a component with eye symbolism. I had been hoarding an “evil eye” component and this was a perfect opportunity to set it free from my stash.
For this necklace, I started with some polymer clay art beads by Staci Louise Smith. I love their aged rustic finish, and yet, I can’t seem to resist pairing them with something shiny. In this case, it’s some Czech glass in coordinating shades of peachy pink. I also used some dyed “mystery” gemstone beads that are just the right shades of pink for this necklace. And, of course, the design is rounded out with antiqued copper chain links. I do love my copper.
I adore the peach-pink finish on the polymer clay components. It reminds me of ruby red grapefruit. I always say pink is my least favorite color to design with. But I had a surprising array of pink beads in my stash, including assorted shapes and sizes of Czech glass and various dyed gemstones.
This is actually the third evil eye totem necklae I’ve made with components from Staci. I made one in green and another in orange from my Superstition Blog Hop last year. You can pop over to that post to check them out. And, you can find them in my Etsy shop if you should happen to fall in love with them.
Up next, I made some Hamsa components from polymer clay. My plan was to use the hand-shaped amulets in a series of necklaces. I made three “test” pieces to figure out what colors and finishes I wanted to use for the series.
I decided I liked both the faux oxidized metal and faux ceramic finishes I tried for my test beads. I also liked the addition of flat-back crystals in the metallic pieces. I made these two weekends before the reveal deadline for this challenge. I was going to make the rest of the pendants – in other colors – and integrate them into necklaces the following weekend. That would have given me a few days (or rather, a few evenings, since I have a day job) to take/process photos and write my post.
But then I decided at the last minute – after goofing around on Saturday doing silly things like laundry, picking up and re-sorting the box of beads I dropped, and there may have been a nap after the spilled-beads incident – to bake some cupcakes to take to work on Monday morning. A friend and co-worker who is moving to a different job has been requesting more of these cupcakes since the first time I made them a few years ago, and Tuesday was her last day in the office.
These are somewhat elaborate cupcakes and by the time they were done and the kitchen cleaned, well, frankly, I didn’t feel like setting up the polymer clay studio. Yes, my kitchen also doubles as my polymer clay studio. No, I’ve never accidentally eaten any clay. But there may have been glitter in my scrambled eggs once. Or twice. That stuff gets everywhere and turns up weeks after you used it.
So, there you have it. I only finished one jewelry design and thee prototype pendants for this challenge. But the cupcakes were every bit as fun to make as any jewelry.
To see more eye-inspired art jewelry and components, please visit the other participants in this design challenge.