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AJE – December component of the month reveal

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday and recovered from the festivities… now they’re all out of the way, it’s time to get back to work.

I’m really excited about this year, I have loads of plans and ideas for new beads, and I’m going to throw myself in to something I’ve recently discovered I love, sculpting! More on that in another post though…

First it’s component of the month time.

This month we were given a beautiful handmade polymer clay bead from Rebekah of Tree Wings Studio. Rebekah makes the most wonderful beads and critters and I was thrilled to receive one of her newest design beads. Mine’s the one at the front… yet again, I got too exited and forgot to take my own photo!

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They make me think of Autumn poppies, or little cakes… they almost look edible!

I decided on a rustic design for mine, my favourite kind of palette, and have created a necklace with Czech glass, copper, and a boulder opal bead that I’ve been stashing for far too long!

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I realised after starting that I’d used up all of my ready made copper chain in the lower part of the necklace, so I put together a chainmaille piece for the top.

They were joined with one of my etched leaf connectors and a clasp made from copper wire and another Czech glass bead.

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And here’s the finished necklace… I really need to get one of those fancy dummies for taking pics of necklaces!

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Thank you Rebekah for a wonderful component! I’ve really enjoyed working with it!

To see what designs the rest of the team and the lucky December winners have imagined with their component, use the links below to visit!

Guest Designers:
Ann – Bead Love
Melissa – Bead Recipes
AJE Team:
Kristen – My Bead Journey
Susan – Sue Beads
Rebekah – Tree Wings Studio
Caroline – BlueberriBeads

13 thoughts on “AJE – December component of the month reveal

  1. I love how you used copper chain to echo the colors of the bead. This is a great necklace!

  2. Wow, I love your necklace! I love the longer styles and I love the simplicity of the chain maille (I love chain maille and wish I had more time to do it!) but that was a lot of work too! Excellent!

  3. Thats a really yummy creation – well, boulder opal, I mean – wow! It pairs with Rebekah’s bead so well. I love the textures in the 2 types of chain also.

    Happy Sculpting year! Sounds good!

  4. This has to be my favorite piece. It’s casual enough to wear with everything and really carries warm with it. I hate with the words fail to get my idea across. Anyways I love it and it’s one that I would wear often.

  5. This is really a lovely necklace. I love that leaf and how the different elements keep drawing your eye around and down to the focal. And having seen them in several designs, I think some of your beads are calling my name!

  6. I love this necklace! I love the elongated focal section, and the little clusters of flowers are perfect with Rebekah’s bead. The multiple strands of chain are a lovely touch-luxurious but still simple.

  7. Stunning boho, rustic design! I totally adore long necklaces and yours has such a lovely woodsy feel to it. I especially like how you finished it off with chainmaille—it’s always fantastic when instead of starting over on a design when we run out of something, we can use it to our advantage and further show off our creativity and talent (and patience!). Thank you so much for playing along!

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