Tuesday, 30 September 2014

AJE Component of the month - September

Here I am again a month later, having not blogged even once since the last COM. The days are flying by and all of a sudden it's Autumn.

This month, we got beautiful components from Kristi Bowman-Gruel.

They are all copper metal clay, the top row using the new white copper clay. My component was a surprise and I was thrilled to receive one of the new white pieces.

I spent a good while looking at it and had multiple ideas of what to do with it. My first thought was that it looked like it belonged on the end of a piece of leather, but after holding it on my wrist, the curve looked great going over my hand. I played around for a while with chain to try and work out how to hold it in the position I wanted, then decided it needed some colour.

It looked stunning with the deep garnet red beads I pulled out of my stash, but unfortunately, they have tiny holes and wouldn't fit the wire, so I chose some deep red and gold Czech glass and made connectors. I made large copper jump rings to hold the chain and used the connectors at each join. 

After quite a lot of alterations to get everything to hang on the right place, here is my final design...

It was really hard to try and take a photo of me wearing it (you will have to imagine it being worn by a beautiful model rather than someone with man hands!) 

It's really light and comfortable to wear, and I love the look of it draped across your hand, it makes me think of medieval knights and ladies... I think reading Game of Thrones is rubbing off on me!

Thank you to Kristi for a great component, it's really unusual and has been great fun to use!

If you'd like to visit Kristi and see more of her work, you can find her shop here http://KristiBowmanDesign.Etsy.com

And to see what the rest of the team has done, follow the links!

Thanks for reading :)