Thursday, February 28, 2013

February AJE Component of the Month...

This month's gorgeous component is by the fabulous jewelry designer, Francesca Watson!

I received a lovely  pink one!  Being addicted to torch-fired enamelling myself, I really appreciate the work Francesca put into these...those little fine silver pebbles are such a sweet element!

My inspiration was a necklace I made for my sister recently (no photo, of course) that has a front toggle closure with the focal hanging from the loop, and extra chain attached to the toggle to hang down behind the focal with more embellishments.  I had hoped to do something similar, adding additional enameled components...alas, it is still a work in progress.

I created a sterling toggle clasp and attached the component.  I cut some copper discs in 2 different sizes, dapped and curled the edges, then enameled them in pretty pastels to complement the pink...Easter colors!  Using sterling balled headpins, I attached them to copper chain

It looks great lying down for picture taking, but the discs don't hang correctly when on.  I am going to exchange the sterling wrapped link holding the toggle to the chain with a small copper jump ring, so that it will be closer to the chain and not so wiggly, and adjust the discs so they hang better.  I have already started taking it apart and realized it was not going to be done by today, but wanted to show you my concept...which will probably be completely different when it is done!

Go and see what others created out of these lovely enameled discs...

Participating AJE Contributors

Jenny Davies-Reazor -
Susan Kennedy -
Linda Landig -
Francesca Watson -

Guest Designers

Sandi Volpe -


  1. I am in love with how this looks! Those other enameled elements are so fun and vivid, and the colors all work so beautifully together! Thank you for taking part this month! xoxo

  2. Wonderful Melissa!!! Those little discs look so cute and are a perfect addition to Francesca's beautiful focal. I love your creation!

  3. It looks really wonderful all laid out like that. Too bad it doesn't lay right when worn. I hope you show us what it becomes when you finish it. I love the accent discs you made to go with Francesca's component!

  4. It does look great when it's laid out like that ... it will be interesting to see the finished piece! Love your enameled discs!

  5. Anonymous2:17 PM

    These colors just make me feel so happy! I'll look forward to seeing the final version.

  6. I love seeing in-progress shots! Its great to see how you think and problem solve. This is stunning now, and I cant wait to see it on!

  7. What a great concept with those complimenting enameled pieces trailing down from Francesca's main piece! Their color and design are lovely - would love to see a follow up of what the final piece is!

  8. Thxs for sharing your creative process. I love to hear what others are thinking while creating a piece. Love those little enameled discs you made!


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