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Looking for the ABS Challenge? It is down three clicks! It was a month will a full heart!

This month’s challenge from Art Jewelry Elements was open to all!

The editors challenged us to use components created by the editors, rescued from our stashes of beads, and to make something from them.

I found SIX items in my stash from the Art Jewelry Elements editors.

I set to work.

The first earrings I created used two of Sue Kennedy’s Shimmer Beads and paired with with snowflake charms from MayaHoney. You can find Sue’s Shimmer Beads here:

I bought these beads during one of Sue’s wonderful sales.


Jen Cameron of AJE runs an amazing Art Charm Exchange and Charity Auction each fall. Jen’s shop is

I didn’t have any of Jen’s work but I had these charms from Diana Ptaszynski BECAUSE of Jen’s Art Charm Exchange.

I swapped one of my handmade charms for these leaf charms with one of our other Art Charm Exchange artists.

You can find Diana’s stoneware leaf charms here:

Creating the many colors of yellow and tan polymer opal clay that went into the disks in these earrings brought me to a breakthrough, using golden yellow opal clay, that led to my Giverny series of polymer clay opal disks, which you can see in my shop, so I am so glad that I swapped for these.


It is not often that I find myself almost weeping for joy when I open a parcel from an Etsy seller, but when I opened the package from Rebekah Payne with these Queen Ann’s Lace drops, I wanted to cry. They are absolutely gorgeous. I paired them with some white baroque freshwater pearls. You can find Rebekah’s drops/pendants at:

You will not be surprised to learn that I had three items in my stash from Kristi Bowman.


Kristi does wonderful things with copper clay. I paired her disks with my lush female figures made up in my Azurite with Native Copper polymer clay. Kristi’s shop, KristiBowmanDesign, does not have these exact disks as I write today but you can find many other wonderful copper disks there today:


I’d been walking around Kristi’s Lotus Root Pods for some time. This challenge enabled me to make this pair of earrings. I added goldstone beads and copper beads to copper headpins to make the dangles.

This item is not available on Kristi’s shop today but you can use the url above to find something wonderful.


Finally, I had a single heart from Kristi that I had “won” in Jen’s Art Charm Exchange in 2013. I created a pair of asymmetric earrings. I paired Kristi’s copper heart with one of the disks from my shop, Azurite in Native Copper. I topped it with a Swarovski AB topaz bead. I made the other earring with some chain maille I’d “won” in the Jen’s 2013 Art Charm Exchange. Toltec Jewels made the chain maille. I added topaz crystals to match the other earring.

You can find Kristi’s hearts in her shop today:

So, one challenge, six pairs of earrings and the inspiration for my Giverny Opal Clay!

Here is the Waterlily Garden Opal Clay that arose when I worked with Diana’s charm:


All of these earrings are available in my shop

Thanks to the AJE team for this wonderful challenge.

visit to see the other participants.


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