Friday, August 26, 2016

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal

This month was meant for everyone to play along.... It's the Artisan Headpin Challenge. Each month the ladies at Art Jewelry Elements host a challenge with artisan components. This month we were all invited to use anyone's headpins in a project.


I like a challenge, so I tried to use the headpins that I already had in fun and unusual ways.

Here is a necklace I made to show and teach single strand braiding.
I used a headpin from Marsha Neal Studios.

This next piece is a re-do of an older necklace and I added some art beads from Ren Farnsworth of Designs in Glass, including the headpin that I used for the focal.

I made earrings, too! Unfortunately, since I don't make many earrings, I made these too heavy. So, I'll be re-doing them soon. These headpins and art beads are from Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio.
She had them in little kits all ready to go!
Thanks for looking! Check out the AJE Blog for the full information about this bloghop.
Here's the list of participants:


Alison Herrington

Renetha Stanziano

Karin Grosset Grange

Gloria Allen

Deb Fortin

Cate van Alphen

Mona Arnott

Shai Williams

Sarajo Wentling

Kathy Lindemer

Solange Collin

Brooke Bock

Melissa Meman

Patricia Handschuh

Tammy Adams

Melissa Trudinger


AJE Team Members:


Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt

Cathy Mendola

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Susan Kennedy

Laney Mead

Diana Ptaszynski

Lindsay Starr

Niky Sayers

Jen Cameron: Blog: Glass Addictions by Jennifer Cameron




  1. Love everything you made but I must say...I think the blues are my favorites...

  2. love the braiding, I must learn that technique :)

  3. love the necklace with the teapot attached to the headpin focal. such a fun piece.

  4. Thanks for using some of my beads in this fun challenge - everything you designed is gorgeous!

  5. Great pieces! I love the various ways you used the headpins and especially the braided necklace.

  6. Your redo necklace is a real winner. I love the colors and the focal.

  7. Love your use of colour... they're gorgeous designs!

  8. Ooh all that turquoise is lovely. Love it !!

  9. Great colors and lots of fun textures in your designs. I make lots of earrings and it can be a challenge to keep them lightweight when using art beads.

  10. Very beautiful designs! Turquoise is one of my favorite colours.

  11. Thank you for playing along with us Alison! I love the bird necklace - it looks like a fun every-day wear piece!

  12. Great designs! I especially love the second piece because the focal is really fun and the turquoise is one of my favorite colors. Thanks for participating and for reading AJE!

  13. Very creative designs. That first necklace with the single strand braiding was quite intriguing. The second necklace though had my favourite headpin combination.

  14. What lovely pieces I particularly like the second piece, such beautiful colours!

  15. Very pretty designs. Love the necklace.

  16. Great work! I especially love that first necklace!

  17. Love the pieces. Would love to learn your braid technique!

  18. What great designs! Would love to learn that braiding technique.

  19. Some very nice pieces here and I particularly like the earthy textural feel to the braided piece Alison.

  20. Lovely mixture of styles, love that turquoise the best. Great post

  21. Looks like you enjoyed the challenge too Alison! Great job! Love Marsha's, Ren's and Michelle's headpins! Thanks for playing along!

  22. I love the color combination of the necklace! The turquoise necklace is pretty too and so are the earrings. I now have an idea of what to do with those OOAK headpins in my stash.

  23. Hi Alison,
    Beautiful designs, great work. I enjoy seeing the pictures of the beautiful stone jewelry you make. Thank you for sharing.


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