Component of the Month Reveal May

This month’s host for the Component of the Month challenge is the lovely Lesley Watt. Lesley creates in clay (amongst other mediums) and offered these gorgeous shell pendants and cabs for us to design with. You can see more of Lesley’s clay work as well as her jewellery at http://www.lesleywatt.com

 

I received this gorgeous little cab to work with.

I started off as I usually do, having a root around for something to add to create a design. I knew I wanted to bezel the cab, but wasn’t sure what I’d create. I came across one of Lesley’s earlier designs, a half moon shaped bar in the perfect colours to match the cab. Upside down, it made a perfect frame.

I added a single row of seed beads around the cab (ignore the white backing I need to sort that!) And sewed some jump rings on, before backing it with suede. 

I wrapped the ceramic bar with bronze wire which was patinated and added drops with mookaite and bronze daggers.

The chain part was made with suede and bronzed beads, I’ve not got as far as adding a clasp.

I think it turned out with quite a tribal feel. I did wonder if it needed more daggers at the base of the cab, but I’ll have a think about that while I find a clasp!

Big thanks to Lesley for a brilliant challenge, I’ve had fun working with my cab!

If you’d like to see what the rest of the team, plus guests created with their components, follow the links ūüôā 

 

Guests
 
Art Elements team
Caroline Dewison  << You are here ūüôā 
 
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AJE Component of the month – July

It’s that time again, the AJE Component of the Month reveal day, and for July we were treated to a gorgeous coin clasp or bead by Niky Sayers

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I love everything Niky makes, but her coin designs are my favourite. I was thrilled to receive this clasp to join in the challenge…

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It arrived in this cute little tin (sorry for it being covered in clay I was excited to open it!!!) And for once I remembered to take a photo before I started! This one is from 1937, exactly 40 years before I was born, it’s fascinating¬†to think of all the places it could have been up until now.

I decided from the beginning it was going to be something for myself, and I wanted to make it really special. I chose some of my most hoarded beads, two stunning Basha beads, some vintage and aged picasso seed beads, peanuts, crystal chunks and points, a greek urchin, and a couple more artisan components.

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The loop for the clasp was made from one of Jen Cameron’s gorgeous headpins, wrapped in a double loop, and a copper charm from Kristi Bowman was added with a chunk of rock crystal for some dangliness.

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I added a bronze point and a chunk of amethyst to the strands and fastened everything with stranded wire and crimps.

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I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I can see me wearing it often!

Thank you to Niky for such a gorgeous component to design with, I’ve had loads of fun creating and the coin finishes off my hoarded treasure design perfectly!

To see what Niky and the rest of the team plus special guests have made, follow the links…

 

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AJE Component of the month – January

Use your stash!

 

That was the rule for this months AJE component of the month challenge.  Rather than one of us supply the same component to every one, we each supplied a blog reader with one of our components, and team members used what we had hidden away.

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I dive in to my special stash quite often, but I never use any of it, so the challenge for me was to take my treasures and turn them in to something rather than just fondle them and put them away again.

The first piece I chose was by Diana Ptaszinski (Suburban Girl Studio)

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I have a few pieces of Diana’s, but this is my favourite, a gorgeous large ceramic donut. If you’re going to do it, you may as well go for it! I teamed it up with enamelled bead caps by Anne Gardanne, copper wire and teal seed beads.

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I added some Czech glass up near the clasp to echo the green of the enamel.

Next, I chose an owl focal by Jenny Davies-Reazor.

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I cheated a little bit and used more than one AJE member component, a seed beaded bead by Kristen Stevens. The tiny facetted beads are pyrite and the holes are so small, they wouldn’t take a needle, so they were strung with steel wire. To finish off, I used pewter seed beads for the chain.

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The leaf dangle is by Kristi Bowman-Gruel and the ceramic bead and oak leaf dangle are made by me.

Next up I chose a bead that I have hoarded for a long time to use more of Kristi’s copper. The focal is made by Pixie Willow Designs and is one of my favourites.

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I wanted to keep it simple, so I chose 2 glass spacers to compliment the focal and a different design of leaf by Kristi.

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I strung Amethyst and copper chain to make a long dangly necklace and added a couple of Czech beads for a little sparkle on one side.

And finally, I chose components from Jennifer Stout Cameron.

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I wrapped one of her headpins with a Marsha Neal ceramic flower to create a clasp.

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The bracelet was made with aqua blue crystal rondelles, Czech glass, and more of Jen’s lamp work, and the whole thing was finished off with one of Kristi’s charms.

I’ve really enjoyed using up my stash, they’re all quite simple designs and all started¬†off being more complicated, but after playing around, I felt that too much going on around the components put them in to the background. Now I think they really stand out and are definitely the stars of the show! And now I have big gaps in my box, so I better go and do some more shopping! ūüėČ

As well as AJE Team members, and winners, we’ve invited¬†anyone else who wants to join in to take part in the hop. To see what we’ve all made, follow the links!

 

AJE team: 

Kristen Stephens

Susan Kennedy

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Lesley Watt  

Melissa  Meman

 Lindsay Starr

Jennifer Cameron

Caroline Dewison

Linda Landig

Guest Participants ( aka winners)

Lee –¬†Strega Jewellry

Shai –¬†Shai‚Äôs Ramblings

Samantha- Wescott Jewelry

Kathy –¬†Bay Moon Designs

Nikki –¬†Silver Nik nats

Melissa Trudinger

Becky Pancake

Yvette –¬†Blue Kiln Beads

Karin –¬†Ginko et Coquelicot

Bonus participants! 

Sarajo Wentling

Leah Curtis

Susan Delaney 

Karen Z

Christine walker

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March Component of the month reveal

I’m really excited for this month’s reveal as it’s my design that’s being used by everyone to create their pieces… can’t wait to go and see what everyone’s done!

 

The component was one of my moth pendants. Handmade and carved from porcelain and glazed with precious metal lustres.

I don’t often use my beads in my own work, so this was a double challenge for me!

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I decided I wanted to go for a bold statement piece and toyed around with a few ideas. My first was to make some components from copper clay, but I probably should have tested if I could do that before I committed, as I failed miserably and they were too thin (I’ll know for next time!)

Next I got everything out of my supplies and tried to add as much as I could in, but that didn’t work either. The moth was drowned out by the busyness around it, so I finally settled on a simple chain design with a couple of extra pierced and etched copper moths, Czech turbine & cathedral beads, copper leaves and magatama drops, all topped off with a beautiful chunky copper chain.

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I love the Art Nouveau feel to the design, I’m still undecided as to whether the copper moths should have been a bit smaller, but it certainly makes a statement!

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And I love the play of colour on the component. They are really difficult to photograph, but you can see in this picture, the deep velvet cerise colours that come through in parts of the glaze.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll visit our special guests and AJE Team members to see what they created with their component!

 

Guest Artists

Helen Simon – Helen’s had to drop out due to an injury, get well soon Helen!

The AJE Team

Caroline Dewison Рhttp://www.blueberribeads.co.uk << you are here

Diana Ptaszynski –¬†http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com

Susan Kennedy –¬†http://www.suebeads.blogspot.co.uk

Kristen Stevens –¬†http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/

Keirsten Giles –¬†http://cerebraldilettante.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor –¬†http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Melissa Meman Р http://melissameman.blogspot.co.uk

Rebekah Payne –¬†www.treewingsstudio.com

Lesley Watt –¬†http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk

Linda Landig –¬†http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com

Francesca Watson –¬†http://francescawatson.com

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AJE ‚Äď 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
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