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!
Helen Simon – Helen’s had to drop out due to an injury, get well soon Helen!
Niky Sayers – http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
The AJE Team
Caroline Dewison – http://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