AJE Component of the month, blog

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!


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.


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!


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 – https://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 –  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

17 thoughts on “March Component of the month reveal

  1. Oh! This turned out so pretty! I loved designing with your moth. As you pointed out the metallic glaze highlights are really gorgeous! I love your addition of the little trailing copper leaves!

  2. Utterly delightful, I love the little leaves and drops it adds that little extra to the piece. Definatly a staitment necklace, beautiful and bold!

  3. You created a beautiful piece. The artists that you shared your work with are very lucky.

  4. Caroline, I have really enjoyed seeing what everyone created with the luna moths. It seems having a bigger focal is a great jumpstart to their designing gorgeous pieces! I love the extra copper moths on your piece, it really brings the attention right in to the beauty of the focal. Congrats not only on your design, but also on providing a wonderful inspiration for everyone else.

  5. These components are so beautiful! They are almost “stand alone” gorgeous. I have a special place in my heart for moths, their subtle colors, their nocturnal nature and you have captured that beauty in these components.

  6. Spectacular statement necklace. I love your moth component and I’m so sorry I didn’t paricipate!

  7. Oh goodness! Let me know if you want to swap for some of those metal moths! I could see them in my creations! Thank you so much for hosting! I love my ceramic luna moth!

  8. “Statement piece” is right! This is just stunning, and very “Art Nouveau” as you say–it makes me think immediately of Lalique! Your etched moths are a beautiful echo of the pendant. Your little aspen leaves make me think again of that Art Nouveau tribute to nature. Gorgeous!

  9. Love the reflected design elements in the etched copper moths! How many times will you hear “stunning” for this necklace?? Not enough!

  10. Absolutely stunning! I love the airiness of it with the vining leaf tassels and little hints of purple—very Art Nouveau indeed! Thank you so much for such a lovely CoM!

  11. Sorry I am late. I so love the moth! It calls to be a star in a statement necklace, for sure. I love the way you have repeated the motif. How does it sit on? That would be my question as to size of copper moths…

    Lovely as always – but you DONT use your own beads in your designs? Huh. Thats a mystery to me.

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