AJE Summer Challenge

When Jenny asked the AJE Team ‘What represents Summer?’ I immediately thought of warm evenings and relaxing in the garden.

Early evening is my favourite time… the light has changed, the heat has gone, the bees are making their last trips around the garden before bedtime, and you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine waiting for the stars come out.

That’s the dream… but living in the UK, we’ve not been out much this summer as it’s been throwing it down since May. So for our Summer Theme challenge I decided to create that feeling for myself in a piece of jewellery.

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I wanted the focal point to be a bumble bee, we’re lucky enough to have loads in the garden. They love it when we’re slow cutting the grass as they get lots of clover to buzz around in and I can lie for ages watching them visiting each flower. My bee was created from earthenware clay with slots in the side to add etched copper wings.

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The chain was handmade from bronze wire, with wrapped Czech glass, crystal, and tiny hematite stars.

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I need to get myself a mannequin so I can display chains properly. I kept the chain length quite short and it hangs really nicely!

I’m pleased with how this design turned out and it’s got me thinking of other ways I can add a little more mixed media in to my ceramic work.

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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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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.

If you’d like to see what Lindsay, the rest of the AJE Team plus guests have made for the challenge, follow the links…

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