Friday, January 3, 2014

AJE December Component of the Month...

featuring gorgeous polymer clay disks from Rebekah Payne of Tree Wing Studios.


Happy 2014, friends!  It has been a while since I have been on my blog...not since the last AJE Component of the Month challenge!  I wish I could say I will be better, blog more often, etc, in 2014, but there are only so many hours in the day!  I will try, however!

I love Rebekah's polymer clay disks...they are thick, with lots of texture, and the polka dots!  I love the polka dots! I had several ideas that rolled around in my head when thinking of what to do with these. The first to pop in was a bracelet, with similar sized, textured copper disks.  I waited a bit late for that however, since the Holidays with family were a priority.



I decided to keep it simple, and created a copper wire frame.  I annealed 14g wire so that it was pliable and wove it around itself in a ring, just a bit larger than the bead.  I was going to twist the ends in a decorative fashion, but underestimated the length I needed, so rather than scrap it and start again, I balled the ends, and pretended I meant to do that !


Finished with a copper swirl hook and a knotted leather cord, and a vintage smoky quartz drop I had in my stash.  I think sometimes a simple design, with a unique twist shows off a gorgeous focal in the very best way.

I have had so much fun in 2013 with the AJE Component of the Month challenges!  I participated in 10 of the 12.  Here's a little retrospective!



Now, go see what the other team members and guest designers created!


Guest Designers:
Ann - Bead Love
Melissa - Bead Recipes


AJE Team:
Kristen - My Bead Journey
Susan - Sue Beads
Rebekah - Tree Wings Studio
Caroline - BlueberriBeads

14 comments:

  1. I love seeing all your creations! I have to tell you that your wire work is amazing to me!!! I love the wrapping of Rebekah's bead!!!!

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  2. Love your design! The balled wire ends look perfect, a happy accident! Loved looking through your years work too!

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  3. Your wire work is amazing! Beautiful job for a beautiful bead!!!

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  4. Melissa your frame is fabulous.

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  5. Oh, I love it - that wire frame is really cool and who would know you didn't mean to ball the ends, they look like they belong there!

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  6. Love this Melissa - Great setting and beautiful colour and texture.

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  7. I am very intrigued, had to zoom in and see the details. I like how your twisted wire frame adds weight - physically and visually - to the bead to make it... speak louder. And I like the patterns of the twist and the dots together.

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  8. Your call your design simple, but it is so different and interesting too. I love it! I admire the talent it takes to take a "mistake" and make it look intentional. That's definitely something I can't do (yet?) The retrospective was fun too. I had fun looking at all of those great designs!

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  9. It might look simple, but I'd say it is anything but! Love the way you framed the bead, it really adds another layer of interest to a lovely focal.

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  10. That frame is so cool. I never would have thought to do anything like that!

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  11. Ingenious design! Your wire frame is gorgeous, it really works so nicely with Rebekah's bead.

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  12. Melissa! I'm impressed—this is the result of creativity short on time!? I love your wireworking. It really is a beautiful necklace. Thank you so much for playing along!

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  13. I love your solution..."just ball it" and call it good! haaaaaaaaa Hugs from SC!

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