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AJE – Use your stash

This month Jenny challenged us to use our stash for the monthly AJE blog hop. Unfortunately January ran away with me so I only have a WIP. Since I was short on time, I decided that I would go for one piece using my absolutely favourite thing, this wonderful Seal/Selkie cabochon from Jenny Davies-Reazor.


I wanted something with a bit of sparkle, so I decided to etch some copper with a wave design, and set some stones on it. It’s been ages since I made anything in metal. Something I discovered when I tried to find all of my supplies after a good tidy up. I think I spent longer looking for everything than I did making!


The crown settings were bought for using with copper clay and had prongs on the underside, so I sawed those off and soldered them to the etched copper. Silver wire was soldered on to make the prong settings and the seal was set in place.  Sorry the pics aren’t great, I was waiting for some daylight but I think I’ll be here until this time next month for that!



Looking at it, I decided it needed a bit more something, so I dug out some cut topaz and iolite briolettes and added those as dangles.

I’ve not quite decided what to do with the chain part so it’s a work in progress at the moment. I’ve attached some copper wire for now so I can hang it up and ponder what to do next!



If you’d like to see how the rest of the team plus special guests got on with raiding their stash follow the links…

AJE team:
Caroline Dewison << You are here.
Melissa – Bead Recipes
Tammy – Paisley  Lizard
Sarajo – SJ Designs
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Lola – Bead Lola Bead
Samantha – Wescott Jewelry
Mona – Bijoux Gem
Suntsa – Suntsan

14 thoughts on “AJE – Use your stash

  1. What a gorgeous focal, I love the metal with the seal cabochon and the sparkle, so much too look at!

  2. You haven’t worked in metal in ages? And you whip out this complex beauty? Hello! My selfie couldn’t be happier. Crown settings – yummy. Dangle for sure. Oh I like it more and more every time I look…

  3. Oh wow Caroline what a beautiful piece! I desperately want to try etching, yours is so lovely! I love how you set him and the sparkles!!!! I would love to see it finished I think it will be spectacular! Oh maybe some silver swirls mimicking the waves with the odd sparkle set here and there as a neck chain? So many possibilities!

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