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AJE – January component of the month reveal

It’s AJE component of the month reveal time again… I can’t believe how quickly January has flown by! I’ve been pretty busy since the beginning of the year with new designs and shop updates, and also designing something around one of these beautiful components from Jenny Davies-Reazor.

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Jenny is an amazing mixed media artist, but don’t just take my word for it… 

have a peek at her work here   https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/jdaviesreazor

The components were finished with a word chosen for each of us, and topped with resin to create a stunning keepsake. My word was calm… I could do with a bit of that at the moment, it has been a hectic month!

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Calm for me is the evening. My favourite time is a Summer’s evening at dusk.  There is a peaceful stillness that falls over the garden, the drone of everyday busyness has died down and as it says in my word description, there is a feeling of tranquillity. Then as the sun sets, the heat of the day fades and the stars start to appear one by one… I’m relaxing just thinking about it!

Ahem… back to my design…

My component came with 2 holes, but for the idea I had in mind, it needed at least 3. I didn’t want to drill it, so I used copper wire to create the loops where I needed them. From the word, I hung one of my porcelain moons, a Czech glass bead and a copper star cut from sheet. I pulled out the blue silk and loved the colour combination with the blue, copper and gold, but it wouldn’t hang right on the silk alone. I wanted to add more beads to create the feeling of luxury, so more copper wire wrapped in a spiral created the stiffness and loops I needed.

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I’ve a bit of a thing for Czech glass at the moment (you might have spotted that!), so I pulled out everything I had in blue and gold and swapped and changed them until I was happy. A handmade simple copper clasp finished off the design.

Looking at it again, I’m tempted to add some more dangles, I might play with it a bit more!

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Big thanks to Jenny for the chance to create something with her wonderful component! It has been great fun to work with!   If you’d like to see what she and everyone else has created with their own words, follow the links below…

Thanks for reading! x

 

Guests:
Hope of Craftyhope 
Sarajo of SJ Designs Jewelry

Jennifer Cameron
Diana Ptaszynski
Lesley Watt
Susan Kennedy
Caroline Dewison
Linda Landig
Melissa Meman
Keirsten Giles
Rebekah Payne
Kristen Stevens
Jenny Davies Reazor

14 thoughts on “AJE – January component of the month reveal

  1. Such a fun design! I’d love to see how you added the additional loop (on the back) but I think it was a great idea. That moon is super and the bright blue you added (with the beads and cord) really makes the whole thing pop!!

  2. I am enchanted. Its Starry Night. I am glad it took you to your Happy Place! The variety of beads makes it a bit of a treasure necklace as well. And I admit I am especially intrigued to see how everyone addresses the holes. There wasn’t a good way to do a center whole and I am getting so many ideas from the reveal pieces!
    Thank yoU!!!

  3. Caroline, you really brought out the whimsy in the focal with the moon and stars! It gives it a wonderful magical feeling–it makes me think of an embroidered wizard’s cloak. Your lighter and brighter beads balanced the darker tones on the focal nicely, and your wire coil gives the whole piece a nice, light feeling.

  4. So much going on and I love it all. Everything fits together beautifully and it’s so happy!!! Nicely done!!

  5. Definitely my favourite time, outside, mozzies buzzing, glass of wine, garden glowing with the evening sun….blissfully calm 🙂 Nice design Caroline 🙂

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