Art Elements Theme Challenge – March

This month on the Art Elements Blog we were given a Theme Challenge by the lovely and incredibly talented Cathy Spivey Mendola. Her theme for March was amulet bags. We were to create a little pouch or secret keeper to hold tiny treasures or words.  View Cathy’s original post with more details here

As luck would have it, I recently went on a trip to an embroidery exhibition to meet team mate Lesley and returned home with all sorts of fabric goodies, so I had a root through to see what I could come up with.

I bought some gorgeous inspiration packs with odds and ends of coloured threads, wool and fabrics, and decided to create something in felt and wool. The curly threads in the pack reminded me of pea pods, so with some green felt, I sewed a little pea pod complete with curly tendrils. 

The spots were created with ‘O’ beads and tiny seeds, and a little bit of wool with pine cone ends created a tie closure.

Some soutache cord (which I’ve used for everything other than soutache) finished the design off for wearing. I haven’t decided what secrets it will keep yet… maybe a crystal or another tiny treasure?

I did intend on making more as I really enjoyed working on a smaller design, but time got away from me this month. I hope to make more in the future though.

Big thanks to Cathy for her wonderful inspiration, and if you’d like to see what she and the rest of the team made, follow the links below ūüôā 

 

 

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Caroline << You are here!

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AE Component of the Month-February

All we need is love!

This month’s component of the month are these stunning hearts provided by the multi talented Jenny Davies-Reazor

The Japanese have a technique in pottery ‚Äď almost a philosophy really ‚Äď called ‚ÄúKintsugi‚Äú. Breaks in the pottery are repaired and embellished with gold leaf. The breakage and repair is seen as part of the history of the object, rather than a flaw to disguise. Isn‚Äôt that an apt metaphor for life? 

So the scars and flaws are evident here in these hearts. I hope that these inspired you ‚Äď to restore love, in your day to day, and in the world around us. 

-Jenny Davies-Reazor

Read more about Jenny’s inspiration in her original post here.

We got to choose which colour we’d like to design with and I chose sage green. I hadn’t seen the colour, but I knew I’d love anything of Jenny’s and when it arrived I wasn’t disappointed!

Of course I got over excited and forgot a pic of it, so here it is after I’d finished.

For some reason, all of my seed bead designs end up as brooches, but I could see this one on a fancy chain, it’s still a WIP though while I look at it and decide! The heart was glued on to some embroidery backing and I built up a bezel using size 11’s in shades of green and 15’s in gold. I envisioned it as a sort of flaming heart design and the broken section of an earring fitted for the crown perfectly with it’s green stones. 

I added an extra row of gold seeds around the base and some soutache braid around the edge to hide the rough edges of the backing. Over this I added ‘O’ beads with size 15’s to hold them in place. I left a gap at the bottom to add a dangle, but I’m not sure whether to or not now? I thought I’d look at it for a bit before deciding!

Thank you to Jenny for a wonderful component to design around, I’ve had loads of fun working with it! To see what the rest of the team and guests created with their hearts, follow the links below!

 

Guests: 

Rosantia Petkova

Shai Williams 

Sally Russick

Elaine Thornton

Art Elements team: 

Lindsay Starr

Laney Mead

Claire Fabian

Sue Kennedy

Diana Ptaszynski

Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt

Jennifer Cameron

Cooky Schock

Niky Sayers

Cathy Mendola

Jenny Davies-Reazor

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Component of the Month Reveal – January

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s reveal day for our Art Elements Component of the month challenge. This month the Team & guests were given one of these beautiful Leather cabochons by Lindsay Starr to work with.

I received this gorgeous dark green one!

I decided I wanted to set it somehow and use a druzy cab that I’ve been hoarding. At first I was going to claw set the leather cab, but I couldn’t decide how to use the druzy, so after playing around a bit, I came up with this

I cut copper to fit the back of the cab and soldered a strip to hold the leather in place with a bezel for the druzy. The bottom of the cab is held with a tab. 

Hematite beads and a coated quartz point added a bit of colour with the bronze wire, and copper chain finished of the necklace.

Big thanks to Lindsay for a brilliant component. I’ve had great fun working with mine! 

To see what the rest of the Art Elements team, plus special guests created with their components, follow the links below…

 

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AE Theme Challenge Reveal – Dragons.

It’s my first post of the year so first I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year. I hope you all had a great holiday and are enjoying the first days of 2017.

Today is the reveal for Niky’s Challenge. She chose Dragons as the theme, a Brilliant subject!, and tasked us all with creating something inspired by these wonderful creatures. 

I immediately though of one of my favourite films, Spirited Away.

Without giving too much away for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the story follows, a young girl, Chihiro, who is moving with her parents, they stop on the journey to their new home and explore an abandoned theme park. She finds herself in a spirit world and on a mission to rescue her parents. Along the way she meets weird and wonderful creatures including a dragon called Haku. I decided I wanted to have a go at sculpting Japanese dragon bead as I thought a flowing body would look great winding around a pendant. 

I decided to colour my version in shades of blue. The pics aren’t great as it’s 8pm and it’s only just cool enough to take out of the kiln…

 

I think I might add a bit of white in to his eye so it stands out more!

If you haven’t seen the film, I would recommend it to everyone, it’s amazing! It’s an animation by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli (with English dubbing) and I didn’t know until just now, but was written for young girls which is awesome, as it isn’t your usual pretty princess story, it’s about growing up, overcoming  your fears, and fighting on against the odds. It does have some mild scary bits, but my little girl, 7, (who is scared of everything!) loves it! 

 

My second favourite dragons are from Game of Thrones, but I thought the actual dragons would be a little too ambitious so I thought why not create them before they’d hatched, so for my second design I created dragon’s eggs! I studied the eggs from the film to recreate a mini bead version.

They were painted with underglaze and glaze fired to finish.

 

I was thrilled to bits with how they turned out and in the excitement, got slightly carried away. They needed a chest, so I dug out a display box, waxed it, and made an insert with foam and silk fabric to hold the eggs.

I don’t usually go in for trends when I’m making, but I couldn’t resist with these. I’m going to make a necklace so the eggs are interchangeable. 

It’s the wrong Daenerys, she should be wearing her wedding dress, but I don’t have that one… you get the idea! These ones are for my personal collection ūüôā 

Thanks to Niky for a brilliant challenge, I’ve had loads of fun creating dragon beads! I hope you’ll join us in the hop to see what dragon themed creations the AE team and guests have dreamed up!

 

Guests

Shai Williams

Kathy Lindemer

Anita Rao

Kelly Rodgers

Tammy Adams

 

AE Team

Susan

Jenny

Cathy 

Jen

Niky

Diana

Laney 

Caroline << You are here.

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AE Component of the Month – October

It’s time for another component of the month and our inspiration for October was supplied to us by our wonderful blog leader Jennifer Stout-Cameron. Jen creates in glass and provided each of the team, plus special guests with one of her amazing folk art sugar skulls. You can find her shop here.

I was lucky enough to meet up with her at fellow AE team member Lesley’s house in beautiful Dorset last month, where we had a brilliant weekend of beaches, wine, cheese and beads! I picked my sugar skull and Lesley introduced me to Fireline for bead embroidery and that’s how it all started.

Inspiration struck and I got carried away before remembering that I hadn’t taken a picture of which one I received. So here it is at the point I remembered!

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My idea came from Pinterest. I was looking around for Face painting ideas for my daughter’s Halloween costume (she wanted to be the Queen of Souls from The book of Life… brilliant film if you’ve not seen it!) and I came across an image from a pack of Bicycle playing cards.

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I love the feathered hat on the skeleton, so I decided to use some of my new Fireline and hoarded seed beads to embroider it in to a design. Although it ended up larger than I anticipated, I love how it turned out!

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I think I’m going to use it as a patch on a new bag my husband’s threatened to make for me out of this gorgeous distressed leather.

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Big thanks to Jen for a brilliant component! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about it, and if you’d like to see what the rest of the team and guests have made with their skulls, follow the links below!

Happy Halloween!

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Guest Designers

Staci Louise Smith

Karin Grosset Grange

Solange Collin

 

Art Elements Team

Caroline Dewison << You are here!

Susan Kennedy

Laney Mead

Claire Fabian

Diana Ptaszynski

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Lindsay Starr

Niky Sayers

Lesley Watt

Cooky Schock

Jen Cameron

 

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AJE Theme Challenge – Trees

It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that I was announcing this months AJE Challenge with the theme of trees. It’s been another quick month, but looking back at everything, I managed to create quite a few designs. I suppose it’s easy when it’s your favourite subject!

I’m always inspired by trees, their branches, bark, roots, leaves… walking through a forest would have to be one of my top things to do. It never gets boring, no matter what the season, or the weather, it’s a magical place to be.

As part of the challenge, I gave away a couple of my own beads to two participants to join us. They were a popular design so I created a few in other colours.

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If you remember, last month was the headpin challenge, and I had trees on the brain already while I created these gingko and twig headpins.

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And for my final bead design, I made these landscape tree beads using multiple glazes and finished with china painted tree designs.

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My main make though was inspired by a wonderful video posted by fellow AJE member Laney Mead.

 

In the video were Dragon’s Blood trees. I’ve seen these before, but never knew what they were, so I hunted out the name and they are just as amazing as they sound!

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When cut, they produce a red sap that looks as though they’re bleeding.

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The dense interwoven branches of the tree inspired the design in a hand built ceramic bowl. I’ve spent the last few months exploring working larger. Beads are great fun to make, but I wanted a bigger canvas to design on. I’ve been experimenting with in glaze lustre, and it turned out better than I could have ever hoped!

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I have to admit, I did a little dance when I opened up the kiln to this!

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The colours shift and change depending on the light and the angle.

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It’s definitely a keeper ūüôā

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join us in the blog hop… follow the links below to see what everyone else has created!

 

AJE Team

Jennifer Stout Cameron

Lesley Watt

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Laney Mead

Niky Sayers

Cooky Schock

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Caroline Dewison << You are here!

 

Guests

Brooke Bock

Karin Grosset Grange

Merja Sundström

Cindy Martin Shaw

Allison L Norfleet Bruenger

Melissa Trudinger

Kathy Lindemer

Gloria Allen

Shai Williams

Tammy Adams

Mona Arnott

Terri Del Signore

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AJE Theme Challenge – Headpins

For this month’s challenge we’re trying¬†something a little different than our usual component¬†of the month. Our blog leader Jen set us¬†a headpin challenge. We could make some in our chosen medium, create something with headpins from another Artisan maker, or both…. pretty much anything goes as long as the design has, as Jen put it, some ‘fancy schmancy’ pins in it!

 

 

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A beautiful collection of head pins & design¬†from Lesley’s AJE Blog post. Jewellery by TheaJewellery. Click here for details.¬†

I have only made ceramic headpins once before. They’re difficult in clay if you want them on anything other than¬†high temperature wire. I don’t think it’s as pretty as copper or other wires which will melt while firing, so you need to fire them on something that won’t collapse in the kiln at stoneware temperatures. I rigged up a little firing tray from soft kiln brick with wire wedged in it to hold them and crossed my fingers I wouldn’t open the kiln to a welded lump!

Luckily everything came out well and after fixing with bronze wire the pins were finished.

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I’ve been playing around with lots of tree ideas so the first pair were based on buds on a branch.

I like how the buds looked so I tried out a multi bud design. It’s hard to keep everything so small!

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Next I tried out some leaves… these are my favourites!

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I decided they needed something to finish them off so I added some tiny copper flower spacers.

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I had intended to use some of each to create some jewellery, but it’s been a busy month, so I only managed a quick pair of earrings. I love these… they remind me of magic wands!

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I’ve really enjoyed working on something smaller and I’ll definitely be trying out some new ideas in the future!

To see what the rest of the AJE Team and special guests have created, join us in the blog hop by following the links below.

 

Guests:

Alison Herrington

Renetha Stanziano

Karin Grosset Grange

Gloria Allen

Deb Fortin

Cate van Alphen

Mona Arnott

Shai Williams

Sarajo Wentling

Kathy Lindemer

Solange Collin

Brooke Bock

Melissa Meman

Patricia Handschuh

Tammy Adams

Melissa Trudinger

AJE Team Members:

Caroline Dewison << You are here

Lesley Watt

Cathy Mendola

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Susan Kennedy

Laney Mead

Diana Ptaszynski

Lindsay Starr

Niky Sayers

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AJE Component of the Month – July

Another month has flown by and it’s time for the big reveal of our Component of the month challenge.

This month we were all treated to a gorgeous fossilised pebble pendant from Lesley Watt of TheaElements.

Aren’t they gorgeous? I love Lesley’s stoneware designs, they’re always wonderfully tactile, beautifully finished, and she has all the best glazes!

This is the one I received to work with…

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I raided my stash and found a couple of bronze ammonite components (also made by Lesley) that I’d been hiding, which made my decision for how I wanted the design to look. I think these were earring charms, and having large holes for stringing, I decided to join them with leather thong and wrap them with bronze wire. I’m a little bit obsessed with bronze at the minute, it has such a lovely warm colour and looks great with everything!

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I chose some matching beads in Czech glass, Amazonite, and some of my own lamp work, and made long connectors for the lower part of the chain.

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And finished the top section with Aged seed beads and a Vintaj clasp.

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It ended up as quite a simple design, but I think it leaves the focus nicely on the pendant! I’d like to say a big thank you to Lesley for such a gorgeous component to play with ūüôā

To join us in the blog hop and see what the rest of the AJE Team plus special guests have made, follow the links below…

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Caroline Dewison << You are here.
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AJE Component of the month – May

Another month has flown by (where is the time going???) and it’s time for our AJE component of the month reveal.
For May, we were treated to some ever so cute tiny glass cabochons from Susan Kennedy of SueBeads.
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Aren’t they sweet?
I decided I was just going to use one of the cabs for my design and picked the green star to work with. I had lots of ideas, most involving metal and prongs, but eventually I settled on a brooch using seed beads. I don’t seem to be able to stop buying them… they’re like tiny addictive sweeties available in hundreds of wonderful colours and I need them all!
I decided the star would make  brilliant dragonfly head, so I glued it to some stiff stuff along with some Czech glass flowers and a Hill Tribe Silver shell charm for the body, all held together with a headpin.
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The wings were added in Bronze and shades of  iridescent pale green, and for a bit of interest, I added Czech glass leaves to the body.
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It was finished with a brooch pin and some green leather on the back.
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I’m really pleased with how it turned out… I’m still deciding on whether to add a line of beads for an edging… you can still see a little bit of the white stiff stuff, but I’m not sure if it would end up too bulky?
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Big thank you to Sue for her wonderful component, it’s been fun designing around it! If you’d like to see what the rest of the team, plus special guests have made with their cabs, join in the blog hop by following the links…
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Caroline Dewison  <<You are here
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Component of the Month Reveal – April

For this month’s challenge we were all treated to a¬†wonderful Amulet charm by Jenny Davies-Reazor. I’m always amazed by Jenny’s creativity, I love everything she makes, and I particularly love her mixed media work so I was thrilled to receive one of her vessels to create with.

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This is mine… I love anything Celtic so it’s perfect!!!

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They are made from polymer clay wrapped around aluminium tubing, so they’re hollow inside… perfect for hiding little secrets.

I decided I wanted to make a copper chain for my design, the colour would be a perfect match, and while playing around twisting some wires, I came up with this…

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The links are connected with mookaite beads wrapped with thin copper wire. I didn’t realise when I started that it’s the tarnish free type, so when I came to darken it with liver of sulphur it didn’t work. I’m sure it will age a bit with wear and time though.

The links fitted nearly perfectly to the holes in the amulet and to keep them in place I added a bar with a tiny hematite star wrapped around it.

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To give the pendant a bit more balance, I added some hammered rods of wire wrapped with some Czech crystals.

 

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I love how it turned out, big thanks to Jenny for a wonderful component to design around, I’ve really enjoyed hammering metal again!

 

To see what Jenny, the rest of the AJE Team and special guests made with their Amulets, follow the links…

Guests: 

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio

Alison of Alison Adorns

Jess of The Copper Cat

Brooke from Artistic Endeavors

AJE Team: 

Lesley 

Caroline  << You are here.

Niky 

Jennifer

Diana

Lindsay

Susan

Jenny

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AJE Theme Challenge – March

Instead of the usual Component of the Month Challenge, this month, we’re having a theme challenge.

Hosted by Lindsay Starr, the theme for March is Eyes, and we were all tasked with creating a piece of jewellery or a component around the theme.

As Lindsay says in her post, eyes have been important symbols throughout time, used as symbols of protection, devotion, and spirituality. It’s not something I’ve ever explored in my work, so it was a great challenge to come up with something new.

I decided to try out some ceramic cabochons. My first design comes from Egypt. I have always been fascinated with anything Egyptian, especially the symbols so I chose the Eye of Horus.

The “Eye of Horus” was one of the most important¬†Egyptian Symbols,¬†representing¬†royal power, protection and good health. It is depicted as a human eye with a long tail and brows which are the markings of a hawk. It was a fetish that was believed to embody magical powers and offer magical protection. It also had the power to heal the living and protect the dead.

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They are painted with underglaze in traditional colours, and I really like how they turned out looking as though they could be relics or shards.

My second design started out as a take on an Art Nouveau style eye.

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They didn’t come out as I’d expected, but then I decided when painting they needed¬†lilac eyeshadow. I like how they eventually turned out, they make me think of Picasso paintings!

Thanks to Lindsay for pushing me to try something new, it’s been good fun coming up with something a little different.

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Caroline Dewison << You are Here.
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AJE Component of the Month – February

This month it was Diana of Suburban Girl Studio’s turn to provide the component for us all to work around…. and it’s stunner!

It’s a captured crystal, hand woven with aluminium chainmaille rings using the Phaedra pattern, and the colour is amazing. I’ve been smiling at it sitting on my desk, I love anything with a bit of sparkle.

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I’d just started making and remembered I hadn’t taken a picture, I’m getting better! Isn’t it gorgeous?

When Diana originally showed us what she’s made, I though I would get some chainmaille rings and weave something around it, but I decided against that as I have enough supplies to sink a boat so I raided my stash.

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I paired it with this gorgeous ceramic pendant from Jenny Davies-Reazor, Czech Glass in bright blue, my precious blue nuggets that I’ve had for so long I can’t remember what they are, and some silver toned spacer beads.

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I was originally going to use the stones higher up in the necklace, but the component is very light so using them lower down gave it a bit of weight to hang nicely.

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Big thanks to Diana for such a beautiful component, I think I’ll be keeping this one!

If you’d like to see what the AJE Team and special guests have made with their components, follow the links ūüôā

 

Guests

Shaiha Williams 

Renetha Stanziano

AJE Team

Diana Ptaszynski

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Caroline Dewison << you are here

Jen Cameron

Lesley Watt

Sue Kennedy

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Rebirth of the Sun

It seems to have been dark forever, so I’ve really enjoyed¬†taking part in Lesley’s¬†Winter AJE theme challenge¬†– The Rebirth of the Sun…¬†thinking about brighter days coming has really cheered me up!

Earlier in December, I created some pendants…

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But for the reveal I decided I would like to try something other than jewellery or components.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks looking for inspiration and reading through winter solstice stories and it’s fascinating to see how the different cultures interpreted the changes in light. My favourite story and the one I chose to portray is the tale of The Raven and the Sun from the Tsimshian Tribe. Here’s an abbreviated version…

Once the sky had no day. When the sky was clear there was some light from the stars but when it was cloudy it was very dark. Raven had put fish in the rivers and fruit trees in the land but he was saddened by the darkness. The Sun at that time was kept in a box by a chief in the sky. The Raven came to a hole in the sky and went through. He came to a spring where the chief’s daughter would fetch water. He changed himself into a cedar seed and floated on the water. When the girl drank from spring she swallowed the seed without noticing and became pregnant. A boy child was born which was really Raven. As a toddler he begged to play with the yellow ball that grandfather kept in a box. He was allowed to play with the Sun and when the chief looked away he turned back into Raven and flew back through the hole in the sky. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†http://solar-center.stanford.edu/folklore/raven-and-sun.html

And here’s my interpretation of the story…

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The box is hand built from raku clay and smoke fired. Raven sits on top of the box in his true form.

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And inside the box is the sun…

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The glowing inner was created with copper leaf. I did want to use gold leaf, but couldn’t get hold of any in time. I still think the copper gives it a lovely warm glow, and I love the contrast against the smokey dark clay.

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Thanks for reading, and if you’d like to see what the rest of the team and guests have made for the challenge, follow the links below ūüôā

Guest Designers

AJE Team
Caroline Dewison¬†<<You are here ūüôā
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Component of the Month – November

I’m very excited today¬†as it’s the reveal¬†of my¬†component of the month for the Art Jewellery Elements Blog.

AJE Team members and special guests were¬†given either one¬†of my new Lichen pendants or cabochons and I really can’t wait to see what everyone’s done with them.

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I chose a cabochon for myself, but my excitement quickly turned to dread… I make all sorts of components, but never make any jewellery, or ever really consider what to do with them… I was stumped. For a couple of weeks I sat and looked at it wondering what on earth I should make.

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I love the texture of the cabochon, I carried out around 50 tests to get the glazes just as I wanted them, looking like stone and crusty lichens and I decided I wanted to reflect this in the design. I had a woodland palette in mind, something natural echoing the colours of the cab with an organic finish. I wanted it to look as though it had grown rather than been created by hand.

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First the ‘chain’¬†part was created by rolling a long length of deep purple merino wool with hot water and soap to create a long snake. I then laid the rest of the design over the top of it using more merino and curly wool, some really colourful wool nepps, and wet felted everything together.

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After drying, the cabochon was glued down and bezelled to hold it in place.

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I added some little accents of beads to complete the design. As usual, I wanted to add all the beads, but I decided to keep it subtle and I love the results.

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As my ideas came too late, I didn’t have time to finish it, but I’m going to make some cord ends with etched copper pipe. The felted ends of the necklace will be inserted into them with a loop¬†to attach a¬†clasp.

 

And now for the exciting part, I hope you’ll join me in the blog hop to see what everyone else has made! Follow the links below…

 

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AJE October Theme Challenge – Ravens

It’s reveal day for the October theme challenge… if you weren’t around for the last one, instead of a component of the month, one of the team chooses a theme and we all create something in our chosen medium. This month it was Karen from Starry Road Studio’s turn, and she chose Ravens. Here’s Karens’ original post with some fascinating history of ravens in art, story and myth.

I love ravens, it’s a subject that I’ve worked with before to create some raku pieces.

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I was excited to turn the idea in to some components for jewellers. I had hoped to make a few more things, I had so many ideas including some non jewellery items, but this month has run away from me. I have plans to continue with this theme through the year though.

My first component was a pendant design. The glazes are my own recipe mixed with enamel and fired and the design is painted afterwards with china paint.

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Next I went back to my raku ideas… when I made the ravens above, I wanted to make a crown for them, I never got around to it, so I thought I’d try the idea for a pendant. These are unglazed on the raven, the black is from smoke in the reduction bin, and the crown has a golden glaze.

 

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I really liked the shape of the raven in these, so I made another without the crown and underglazed it. The tree design is done with sgraffito. I think the clear glaze on this is a bit too shiny (and a pain to photograph), but I like the effect.

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And finally in with the raku firing, I made this soaring raven, he’s unglazed and embellished with silver leaf.

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Hope you’ll join us in the blog hop, to see what everyone else has made for the challenge, follow the links…

 

Art Jewelry Elements Team:
Lesley Watt
Linda Landig
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Phantasm Creations
Caroline Dewison << You are here
Niky Sayers
Our Guest Bloggers:
An Ordinary Miracle Day
Linda Newnham
Michelle McEnroe
Sarajo Wentling
The Copper Cat
The Paisley Lizard

 

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AJE Component of the Month – September

All of a sudden it’s Autumn. This year has flown by and already we’re at the end of September, which means it’s time for the Component of the month reveal.

This month we were treated to ceramic components from Linda Landig.

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Linda hasn’t been working with ceramics for very long, but already her pieces are lovely!

As usual I forgot to take a picture… I asked for a surprise and received the middle top design.

I love the autumn colours, it’s my favourite season of the year so it was great to work to a theme.

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I gathered lots of supplies and played around and decided to create a bit of movement around the pendant. I added copper chain to the loops, some dangles of Czech glass flowers and leaves, and a copper component from Kristi Bowman Design. The bottom leaves are free moving around the chain, but the rest¬†are fixed so that you don’t end up with a big cluster at the bottom.

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To begin with, I strung beads on either side of the pendant, but I didn’t like how it looked, so after a rummage around in my stash I found this perfect ribbon from Diane at Sowzere. This was double threaded through the loops and I added a tyvek bead from Carolyn Saxby, one of my ceramic beads and a lamp work bead from Mad Cat Glass.

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The ribbon was finished off with one of my favourite head pin clasps, made with pins from Glass Addictions and some wrapped copper wire.

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Thanks to Linda for a wonderfully inspiring component, it’s been fun working with it! And if you’d like to see what the rest of the team plus special guests have made with their components… follow the links!

 

 

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