AJE October Component of the Month Reveal

The components for our regular monthly challenge at AJE (Art Jewelry Elelments) this month were these lovely copper clay Ammonite cuffs by
Kristi Bowman – Gruel…
 
This is the piece I got to work with – so beautifully detailed…

Because the cuffs are quite large and fairly weighty I felt the bracelet element needed some heft to it for balance so lampwork beads seemd the way to go. While rummaging for the right beads I came across some chunky sections of chain mail which I’d taken off another piece with a patina that was a perfect match for the focal.

 I wanted to use earthy tones to complement the ancient theme of the ammonites so picked out some gorgeous disc beads by Kaz Baildon with a stone coloured base with flashes of purples, teals and blues.


The structure of the bracelet is fairly simple with the beads wire wrapped to attach them to the chain and focal. To finish of I added one of my own bronze ammonites and some pretty Czech glass charms which pick out the colours in the lampwork beads perfectly.
And here you have the finished piece – quite subtle with Kristi’s lovely focal as the very striking centrepiece.
 

To see what the rest of the team and out guest designers did with their components just click on the links below….

Guests

AJE Team Members

 

Lesley

AJE Earring Challenge – Reveal 17, Weeks 35 & 36

Shockingly it’s September 15th, this is my first post of the month and I don’t know which is worse – the fact that I’ve not posted anything or the fact that two weeks seem to have slipped without me noticing…time must have sped up surely?

Blogging is not the only thing I’ve be remiss with and I’m way behind on the AJE Earring Challenge which has it’s latest reveal today. I have however managed to make three new pairs to at least plug the gap a little…

I’ve been feeling the urge to play with sheet metal of late and this autumnal pair feature leaves from my first attempt at fold forming – heat and hammer is a very satisfying combination I must say. The lampwork beads are by Caroline Rhodes.

I love red and black together as the contrast is always very striking so for this pair I teamed the lovely ceramic flowers from Karen Totten with ‘Fallen Angel’ black brass and some tiny Czech glass beads. The name was inspired by the lyrics of the song ‘Red and Black‘ from Les Miserables.

This final pair are just full of fun with the lovely polka dot etched lampwork beads by Kaz Baildon dressed up with some handmade twisted bronze  rings and bead caps by Lisa Quinn and my own bronze ear wires.

All earrings will be listed in my Etsy shop shortly but feel free to contact me if interested.

You can check out what the other challenge participants have been making by visiting the AJE Earring Challenge Pinterest page and you can also see who is blogging about there designs on today’s AJE Blog post.


Lesley