Friday 31 January 2014

AJE Component of the month reveal - January

It’s AJE component of the month reveal time again… I can’t believe how quickly January has flown by! I’ve been pretty busy since the beginning of the year with new designs and shop updates, and also designing something around one of these beautiful components from Jenny Davies-Reazor.

Jenny is an amazing mixed media artist, but don’t just take my word for it… 
have a peek at her work here
The components were finished with a word chosen for each of us, and topped with resin to create a stunning keepsake. My word was calm… I could do with a bit of that at the moment, it has been a hectic month!

Calm for me is the evening. My favourite time is a Summer’s evening at dusk.  There is a peaceful stillness that falls over the garden, the drone of everyday busyness has died down and as it says in my word description, there is a feeling of tranquillity. Then as the sun sets, the heat of the day fades and the stars start to appear one by one… I’m relaxing just thinking about it!
Ahem… back to my design…
My component came with 2 holes, but for the idea I had in mind, it needed at least 3. I didn’t want to drill it, so I used copper wire to create the loops where I needed them. From the word, I hung one of my porcelain moons, a Czech glass bead and a copper star cut from sheet. I pulled out the blue silk and loved the colour combination with the blue, copper and gold, but it wouldn’t hang right on the silk alone. I wanted to add more beads to create the feeling of luxury, so more copper wire wrapped in a spiral created the stiffness and loops I needed.

I’ve a bit of a thing for Czech glass at the moment (you might have spotted that!), so I pulled out everything I had in blue and gold and swapped and changed them until I was happy. A handmade simple copper clasp finished off the design.
Looking at it again, I’m tempted to add some more dangles, I might play with it a bit more!

Big thanks to Jenny for the chance to create something with her wonderful component! It has been great fun to work with!   If you’d like to see what she and everyone else has created with their own words, follow the links below…
Thanks for reading! x

Hope of Craftyhope -
Sarajo of SJ Designs Jewelry

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