Monday 1 April 2013

AJE March Component of the Month

As I think you may have guessed by now, it was my turn to design something new for the AJE Component of the Month challenge, and I sent out lovely copper hollow beads to my team mates and to some of the AJE blog readers. Normally we have the challenge reveal on the last day of the month, but as we thought we'd all probably be a bit busy on Easter Sunday we'd do the reveal today instead.

And this is what I made....

This pendant is actually the third piece I made for the challenge. I kept thinking that I had to make something more elaborate as it was, afterall, a challenge with my own component, but nothing seemed quite right until I kept it simple. I've used a gorgeous lampwork bead by (of course) Mindy Macgregor (Moogin Beads), a palm wood square bead from Smitten Beads and a purple Czech glass bead. I've been wearing it strung on a length of purple silk from Marsha Neal Studios, but I think that this particular pendant will be better on a length of brown leather - which I haven't actually got yet, which is why I'm showing it to you like this!.

I'd love it if you could take the time to visit the designers taking part in this month's challenge - I am really looking forward to seeing what they all made with their beads!

The guest designers this month are:
(Kathy  (Northern Light) hasn't been able to take part due to her mother's illness -
I hope she gets better soon Kathy!)
And the AJE contributors taking part are:


  1. Love the earthiness of your pendant Jo and I think it would look great on leather - but then maybe you could swap the stringing according to your mood.

    1. Thanks Lesley! I've been hoarding that lampwork bead for ages, and I'm really pleased with how all the colours worked out together.

  2. The colors are lovely! I could see it strung on matching blue cord, too. Oh the possibilities!

  3. What a beautiful way to showcase that lovely bead! Everyone did a great job with it this month.

  4. What a great blog hop! You need to let me know when you have those beads ready for sale! I love Your pendant too!

  5. You had mentioned this style was a bit of a departure for you? Well, keep going there. Its awesome, leather will suit it very well. Thank you for such a great bead and a fun CoM!

  6. Leather will be a great choice, and I love how all the rustic textures work together with Mindy's gorgeous bead. (Her stuff is amazing!) I agree with Jenn - if this is a departure for you, you're off on the start of a great journey!

  7. Some times simple is the best :) and the elements in this pendant pull together wonderfully!

  8. Beautiful and earthy just how I like it!! The lampwork with the palm wood and your focal are perfectly matched!

  9. Jo your pendant is amazing! I love the earthy quality and texture! Thank you so much for making these for us to enjoy!


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