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.
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!
Guest Participants ( aka winners)
Lee – Strega Jewellry
Shai – Shai’s Ramblings
Samantha- Wescott Jewelry
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Nikki – Silver Nik nats
Yvette – Blue Kiln Beads
Karin – Ginko et Coquelicot