February Component of the Month Reveal - Healed Hearts

When Jenny was making these polymer clay hearts, she had the idea of "Kinsugi" in mind, in which a broken piece of pottery is repaired and the repair embellished with gold leaf. I absolutely LOVE them. And as usual, I forgot to take a photo of it before starting. 

I had several plans in mind. First I was just going to do a bead embroidery pendant. Then I decided I wanted to do a 2d needle felted background and then bead embroider the heart to that and embellish further. The design was going to include wings and a phrase. 

My third idea was my favorite. The plan was to do a layered riveted metal design that included tattered wings and a phrase, made into a brooch that could be converted to a necklace and also attached to a 2d background, framed, hanging on the wall, when not being worn. And that's the plan I started, last minute of course, because I prefer to make my life as difficult as possible. And I struggled. I decided the bezel would be sterling silver and the prongs would be prominent. 

Unfortunately the saw blade attached to my frame was not appropriate for 28g silver sheet and I couldn't find the rest of my blades. Where the heck did they go? After trying to use the saw anyway and getting extremely frustrated,  I decided I was going to try using my Joyce Chen scissors.  

 

And of course, I couldn't find them either. Apparently I have studio gremlins. ARGH!!!! 

I didn't want to not have SOMETHING to show for the reveal, so I went back to the first plan to do a bead embroidery pendant and will have to get another heart from Jenny at some other point to make my other vision happen. However, as I started it last night, it's hardly close to being finished. 

For some reason whenever something is gold toned, I tend to gravitate towards pinks that have gold overtones. So this is what I've got so far. I'm thinking I will incorporporate wings somehow still, but I haven't decided yet. 

So after this disappointing reveal, definitely stop by the other amazing designer's blogs to see what they've created:

Guests: 

Rosantia Petkova

Shai Williams 

Sally Russick

Elaine Thornton

Art Elements team: 

Lindsay Starr

Laney Mead

Claire Fabian

Sue Kennedy

Diana Ptaszynski

Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt

Jennifer Cameron <----You are here

Cooky Schock

Niky Sayers

Cathy Mendola

Jenny Davies-Reazor

 

Comments

Anonymous

I love your metal idea ., hope you get another heart and are able to complete it. But what a great last minute plan with your bead embroidery! I love the way it's heading. Those beads are perfect! I would find some little golden brass wings to incorporate into your design if you want to go that way, but it would also make an awesome necklace/brooch with just a few more rows of beads around it!

Rosantia Petkova

The heart looks wonderful embraced by seed beads! But I do hope you find your tools, I'd love to see your silver bezel idea!

Niky

I really love the pink seed beads and think all of your idea sound wonderful but I would really love to see your metal one!

Shay Williams

I love the idea of the metal! Hopefully you will pick up another heart and be able to finish it the way you wanted to in the third place.

Caroline

I'm not a lover of pink, but those colours are gorgeous with the heart! I'd love to see your metal idea too, hope everything turns up. (I have a scissor monkey in my shed that is always on the rob!)

Jenny

Hey - Im not disappointed! I love that it inspired many and multiple ideas. Ill make more hearts, and you wont have a deadline. You have to start somewhere! And can I just say - the riveted convertible idea is STELLAR. and worth working out. I have been wanting to do wearable - hang in a display - convertible pieces for years.

Love the colors and the beaded sash. And its never too late for wings.

Lesley Watt

Ha - disappearing saw blades...I know all about those! You were obviously meant to do a beaded piece and it's looking great. I love the contrast of the pink with the ivory & can't wait to see it finished.

Elaine

Oh such a shame you couldn't do your metal version but the beaded bezel is fab also. Never to late for wings I reckon.

Sally

Jen, you are off to a great start with your bead embroidery!! Though I would have loved to see the metal design as well, it looks like it would be really cool!!

Susan Kennedy

I think it's going to be awesome, I love the colors you chose and the wrap of beads as well!!!!

Mona Arnott

Have you been in my studio lately. I can put something down and not be able to find it 2 minutes later. All your design ideas sounds great and I'm looking forward to finished products
Mona

Lindsay S

I <3 all the ideas! That metallic cranberry seed bead looks spectacular with the ivory and gold though - if you end up running with the metal idea at a later date it would be really cool to incorporate that color somehow.

Karen Totten

Really lovely work Jen. I would be very curious to see the metal version if that ever happens.

Claire

Oh, I know these gremlins. The are really cruel because one searches for days, weeks, months....! for a certain piece and then finally buys a new one, the moment one starts using it the missing one turns up again!

I love the idea and I can't wait to see the tattered wings!

PS: I blew it because while having finished my piece, I was not able to take pictures in time :/

Anonymous

I didn't want to not have SOMETHING to show for the reveal, so I went back to the first plan to do a bead embroidery pendant and will have to get another heart from Jenny at some other point to make my other vision happen. However, as I started it last night, it's hardly close to being finished.

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Anonymous

I really liked your idea. These hearts look very attractive and unusual. You can even say that they are not ordinary.

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