Monday, December 31, 2012

December AJE Component of the Month...Labyrinth

Good morning, all...just getting in under the wire to still say that!  Happy New Year's Eve!

One of the cool perks of being a contributor for Art Jewelry Elements is getting to participate in the Component of the Month challenges.  Each month, one of the AJE members offer a selected component and create a limited number for members who want to participate, a few to giveaway to random commenters, and of course some in their shop for anyone else to join in the fun.

This month, our hostess is Jenny Davies-Reazor, who creates amazing ceramic pieces. She designed these amazing, colorful labyrinth pendants.  We had our choice of color and the number of holes.  I felt drawn to the 3-holed ones. Here is what I came up with...

I had a piece of leather with sterling ends already for a necklace that I never got around to using and thought it would add to the rustic charm of the pendant.  I went through several designs, however, and nothing really latched on.  Originally, this was going to be mostly leather, with a couple of beads, and a front clasp, but the leather was not cooperating.  I ended up using these gorgeous Czech glass beads in a mulberry and black, from ArteBella Surplus.  By the time I got it looking the way I wanted, it was so long, I decided to 86 the clasp altogether, so it slips right over your head!

I may go back and ditch the leather as well, and incorporate some more silver and maybe some chain...I think I will live with it for a couple days and decide!  What do you think?

Here is a list of the other participants...please go and see what lovely pieces they created!
This months guests of honor:


  1. Ooh that's lovely Melissa - a rich winter concoction of mulled wine and berries...delicious!
    I love ArteBella too.

  2. Looks great! I like the leather back it breaks up the beads and gives a little earthy feel. Beautiful Work Melissa...

  3. A beautiful piece! I love the pretty Czech beads and will have to check out ArteBella Surpluss. While I like the leather, I do love sterling. Whatever you decide, I know it will be beautiful.

  4. Your Czech selection is great! I like the colors and textures that complement the labyrinth and make it pop. I like the leather for contrast. and I like to wear long necklaces in the winter...

  5. This is very pretty! Black and red are always such a stunning combo. I often have to live with my jewelry for a few days. It will be interesting to see what you decide.

  6. So rich and warm like a summer walk. Give yourself a few days to live with it and see if it likes the way it is. I sure do!

  7. Love the red and black. The leather is nice cause it gives it added texture. Awesome job!

  8. Love the czech beads you used for the necklace, they go perfectly with Jenny's pendant! I don't know that I would add anything, I think I like it the way it is!

  9. Love the dramatic contrast here. Sometimes there is nothing like a shot of black. I too like the look of the leather :)

  10. I love the rich colours you've used Melissa! Definitely keep the leather n the necklace, it works really well, a great contrast to the silver.


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