AJE Component of the month – October

Good morning and thanks for stopping by! I’ve been even more quiet than usual recently as I’ve been getting the power plugged in to my studio. I’m pleased to say it’s all done now and I can see what I’m doing… hooray!  Normal bad blog posting will resume shortly!

This months Component of the month was supplied by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studios. A wonderful spiral fossil disc. I was thrilled to receive the blue/green disc just left of centre.

It sat on my desk for quite a while, I couldn’t decide what to make with it. My first thought was to create a bracelet with other large disc components, but there was nothing quite right in my stash. Then out of the blue, some Canadian friends were in the UK and came for a visit. They brought me a gift of some jade beads which were perfect!

I know Karen loves tribal designs, so I wanted to try my hand at something along those lines. I took some copper, bashed and patinated it, then went crazy with my new vintaj hole making tool (it’s amazing, everyone should have one… much easier than messing about drilling!)

I originally wanted to connect the component to the back piece with copper wire, but failed miserably, it just wouldn’t bend properly… so the disc was lashed on with thin leather.

I quite like how it turned out!

Below the component I added some czech tile beads and bronze coated crystal points wrapped with copper wire.

And added the graduated Jade stones for the necklace.

I didn’t manage to patinate the copper below, and I think I might darken the leather a little too, but it’s very nearly what I was hoping to achieve.

Thanks to Karen for her wonderful component, I’ve had great fun designing around it!

And to see what the rest of the team and guests did with theirs… follow the links…

 
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13 Comments

  1. I love that your piece is so different than all of the other participants this month! Thank you for showing the back of the lashing – I was having a hard time visualizing how and where you tied the knots. It’s perfect, and a great way to show off the beads from your friend too!

  2. Love the necklace Caroline, right up my street. Very creative use of the focal bead, and the dagger drops just finish it off perfectly. Lovely.

  3. The jade is so yummy. At first glance I thought it was copper, just shiny in the light and I wondered how you got it to lay so perfectly… I think this is a win all around! Those crystal points are great!

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