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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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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! 😉

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’s 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

19 thoughts on “AJE Component of the month – January

  1. Ilove the simplicity and purity of all the designs, the soft colors, the perfect combination, your jewellery is just amazing!

  2. I’m all about simplicity at the moment and these are good examples of why. All great designs but I particularly like the earthy owl piece.

  3. I find simple designs are by far the hardest to make and yours are all beautiful! I particularly love what you have done with Jenny’s owl but for me the star of the show is that last bracelet, what a show stopper, I adore the colours and how you have used Jen’s lampwork headpin, amazing!

  4. Hi Caroline, your simple designs really do show the lovely beads to their best advantage. This bracelet is my favorite and it is fabulous.

  5. Um…I want them all! Love your use and combinations of color and materials. I can’t pick a favorite because they’re all so lovely!

  6. Your designs are so lovely. Each one seems so natural, such an inevitable result of choosing the components. Amazing.

  7. Wonderful pieces! I especially like the owl necklace (so many AJE pieces in that one) and the bracelet. Your idea of placing one of Jen’s headpins in one of Marsha’s ceramic cup beads is brilliant! Great designs all around!

  8. Love that ceramic flower bracelet the best I think though that little owl is adorable. All are beautiful. You had some great stash to work with too!

  9. Ooh! Im dazzled. So many pretty things! Definitely NOT cheating to use two in one! I did that many times… Happy to see my owl in a necklace. Ive been making him for almost a year, and haven’t used one myself yet?! Hmm. Have to rectify that. I have one of this flowers from Diana – still hoarding it. Your looks great!
    And I love the sweet simplicity of Kristin’s leaf with that rock star glass focal. Great contrast.

  10. OMG! I love the bracelet you made with my beads. Amazing! Everything else looks phenomenal too! I love every one of the pieces. The one with Kristi’s is probably my favorite since it’s purple. Purple makes everything perfect 🙂

  11. Gorgeous pieces all around! I really love the way you used Diana’s flower focal… I never would have thought of doing that and it looks great. I think my favorite is the necklace with Jenny’s owl… simple perfection.

  12. Keeping the design simple means you have really shown the art beads at their best. They are all quite stunning pieces.

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