Sunday, 29 November 2015

AJE Component of the Month - November Reveal.

Welcome to this months AJE design challenge which gave us the opportunity to work with these gorgeous lichen inspired organic ceramic components from Caroline.


To feed my current addiction to beaded bezels I chose the purple cabochon on the bottom row. There is thin line of seafoam on the cabochon where the glazes have reacted and I wanted to use this as my accent colour in the beading. Fortunately I had the perfect beads and partnered with a mix if matt and gloss purple beads I was really pleased with how the bezel came out.


As the cabochon is so organic I had to manipulate the rows to secure it so that the beading is heavier at the bottom of the piece which balances it out and stops the bead work looking to orderly.

I jumped straight into the beading and didn't give any thought to what I was going to do with it until it was finished. I felt it needed something to contrast the soft natural lines so I had a rummage around in my silver stash to see if I had anything that might work. I found this Hill Tribe Tube and decided to use it as a yoke to suspend the focal from by sewing closed jump rings to the back of it and making a decorative link section.


I managed to find some colour matched organic lampwork beads and mixed these with silver dipped Greek ceramic cornflake beads and haematite seed beads to pull everything together.



I added black leather cord and decided that's all I was going to do because when I tried it on I loved the way it looked and knew I was going to keep it - a simple silver clasp and job done!


Many thanks to Caroline for giving us these lovely pieces to work with and I'm very happy to have a second one to play with too. To see what the rest of the team and our guest designers did with their component join us on our blog hop using the links below.

11 comments:

  1. That's absolutely beautiful! Really love your colour choices, and how you've created the yoke is inspired! Thank you for joining me in the challenge x

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  2. Oh wow! I love how you have picked out the seafoam colour and your beading is beautiful! You have created such an original piece, I love how you have mixed the seed beads with the silver and lampwork it all works so wonderfully together, I can see why it's a keeper!!!!

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  3. What a beauty Leslie! Love the organic feel to your cab and that bail / yoke was genius

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  4. I love the colors that you used and attaching it to a sterling silver yoke is very creative. It is a stunning necklace.

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  5. Wow Lesley, how amazing! Love how you happened to have the perfect colors, I love your necklace! Love the Hill Tribes tube as well! Worked perfectly!

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  6. Love the simplicity of this. Very wearable and lovely.

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  7. Stunning. The restraint of the beading perfectly complements and showcases the focal. The entire design is lovely.

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  8. You have created a beautiful necklace. The color palette is divine and the lampwork beads look like they were made especially for your necklace. Love it!

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  9. You really made the focal shine in your necklace. Looks great!

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  10. Of course you are going to keep it. Are any of us parting with these pieces this month? LOL. Great idea to make the beading of the bezel less perfect. I love the Hill Tribe tube, never would have thought to go there. I think we should have COM day and all take selfies wearing our pieces...

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