One of my very favorite blogs is Art Jewelry Elements.
I love that several of my favorite artists are gathered in one place and share things regularly that inspire me.
Recently Jenny Davies-Reazor challenged everyone to use some of our art bead stash.
This is right up my alley.
2016 is the year I dig into all the things I have been "saving".
This is why...
I have decided this little quote says it all.
So I dug into some beautiful components that Melinda Barnett sent me.
You can find her blog, Bees On Pie here.
I was saving them because they were so pretty.
She had sent these lovely clay disk components so I incorporated them into this necklace that has my hopes for the year.
Each disk is hand-stamped with a quality or characteristic like honesty, courage, peace, faith, health.
Things we might want or aspire to have or be.
I made a chain of my own wire heart links and added her components.
The two red bar pieces are from Melinda as well.
And then I finished it off with some silk.
I love silk.
I actually increased my stash of silk recently with a big order of luscious colors.
So this necklace will definitely be one of my favorite pieces this year.
I used components made by a dear friend.
I love the overall design.
It has my hopes for the year.
And it is a reminder to use the things you love.
I also made one more piece for the challenge.
This bracelet also uses a focal from Melinda Barnett.
I believe this one is made from paper clay.
It is very light and wearable.
I added my wire links and some silk that I hand dyed.
So that is a great beginning for a new year.
I hope you make something gorgeous with pieces you love as well.
Thanks for stopping by....