Components is a word I come across regularly on OTTBS and until now it hasn't really meant much to me. When I hear 'component's, I think about car parts ... but the other morning I woke up literally with a clearer understanding of this 'jargon' in relation to Jewellery Making. It really was one of those 'eureka' moments.
It was so obvious, I actually felt I must be quite 'dull' not to have understood it before. Basically, when people say they are 'just working on some components' it means that they are perhaps making up a beaded part which will link in, in whatever way, to a bracelet or necklace etc. It can take longer to work on a 'part item' than it can the rest of the piece of jewellery ... which is one of the reasons why people 'set it aside' to work on in-between other projects.
This 'new' understanding came about because of the latest pair of earrings I made.
'Based on a Diane Fitzgerald Design'
I began to think what else I could use these for, linked together for a bracelet/necklace, a pendant. Once you learn the technique you can adapt it to so many other projects.
'A Sue Maguire Design'
The peyote project I've been working on is a beautiful beaded cuff which Sue Maguire designed based on her daughter's quilt and adapting the triangle shape that she had learnt from Julia Pretl's book, 'Little Beading Boxes'.
'A Sue Maguire Design'
No wonder I woke up designing components from triangles! Quite a few involved in this design.
Here we have it friends, Triangles + Triangles = Earrings and a Bracelet.
A huge welcome to 'Cat' and 'Anna'
Cat from the United States, (Cat correct me if I'm wrong ... couldn't quite work out where), creates beaded handwoven jewellery and other artworks. Quite a beadaholique, beading whenever she can. Cat also runs an online store on Facebook, DCI JewelryDesigns, so why not take a look.
Anna from Belguim, also creates jewellery, mainly bead woven and has a good eye for colour with some beautiful combinations. Take a look at her blog. Anna's recently set up a Facebook Page and Etsy shop - so keep an eye out I'm sure you'll soon see some beautiful items for sale.
The OTTBS Challenge for March has started - some great goodies for the lucky winner! I like the colours for this month Purple/Grey with a crystal twist to it. I do have a few ideas in mind - but not the beads, (yet LOL).
I think you'll agree I've 'got the hang of peyote' now so I'm now going to be looking at different type of 'tubular' stitches for this month. My next Post will review my thoughts on February.
'Keep Watching, and I'll Keep Blogging'