Sunday 31 August 2014

AJE Component of the month - August

This month it's team member Rebekah's turn to provide us all with a component for designing. And what a beautiful one she sent! Rebekah makes amazing polymer beads... her sleepy critters are world famous, but that's not all she makes. This month we were treated to either a large single, or smaller pair of hand painted leather feather charms.

I chose a pair of purple feathers that were labelled as earring charms, but as soon as I saw them I knew they would be perfect alongside one of my porcelain dreamcatcher beads.

The feathers were wrapped with copper wire and some antique Czech beads and used as dangles below my dreamcatcher charm. I also added a small bronze heart from TheaElements.

For the necklace part of the design, I chose some ceramic beads I made ages ago, but never used as I really liked them so they went in my stash. The colours gave it just the feel I wanted for the design. In between those were more Czech seeds, a chunk of amethyst and a chunk of citrine. The ceramic bead on the right is part of a Lotus set by Gaea.

To attach the leather, I chose a ceramic oak leaf from TheaElements with a glass donut on the opposite side for the closure. I was going to attach some sort of clasp, but I really like the look of the leather just tied to the glass!

Thank you to Rebekah for a beautiful component, and if you'd like to see more of her work, you can visit her shop here... Tree Wings Studio

If you'd like to see what everyone else chose and made... follow the links :)

Guest Artists

The AJE Team
Jenny Davies-Reazor -
Francesca Watson -


  1. They look perfect with your dream catcher bead such a beautiful necklace!

  2. You are right that the feathers are perfect dangles for your dreamcatcher bead. This is a great necklace. I love the colors. It's not a combination I would think of, but now I want to use it because it looks so wonderful.

  3. Wow! I would never have thought to use them like that. Love it!

  4. What a wonderful use of these earring charms! Your necklace is so beautiful, I love the earthy, tribal look with the touch of purple.

  5. Hi Caroline,
    Gorgeous necklace I love how all the elements came together to bring out the beauty of the leather feathers. Adding your Dream Catcher bead was the right touch.

  6. What a fabulous design and color selection for Fall! I love it, Caroline! It would be beautiful to wear with a chunky simple sweater!

  7. They are perfect for your dreamcatchers (which I finally have one of them in my possession!) I love your design....perfectly balanced and so beautiful.

  8. I really love that design, and the color combinations are just gorgeous!

  9. Great design Caroline...Love the colour palette and the elements all work c together.

  10. I would never have paired purple and honey - they seem too complimentary to me. Yet in your hands they are graceful together. I love your dreamcatcher. The glass loop is a great clasp - echoes the dreamcatcher nicely as well.


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