AJE Component of the Month – February – Diana Ptaszynski

It’s the end of February already, hard to believe.  Time for another Component of the Month challenge.  This month, Diana Ptaszynski made us components – it’s called a Phaedra! She did such an excellent job with this, as they are very fiddly to make!

And so I’m the loser this month because I didn’t have time to get mine ready.  I was away for a week from the middle of the month, and before that crazy busy with work.  Then, when I got home from my trip to St. Maarten, I got the stomach flu and was not able to complete my design.  I’m still posting today because I do have an idea.

I’m going to take my Phaedra and make it the centerpiece in between two pieces of chainmaille in the Byzantine pattern.  Here’s a photo of what the Byzantine pattern looks like:

I think the pattern will go well with Diana’s component.  So when I finish it, I will post back here with a photo!

Thanks for looking at my idea – please look and see what everyone else did!

Guests
AJE Team

AJE Component of the Month with Karen Totten!

This month, it was Karen Totten’s turn to provide the component of the month to the AJE Bloggers and their guests.  She makes amazingly meaningful ceramic components – you can find her shop here!  Here’s what Karen made for us to enjoy.

As usual, I did not photograph the component I chose. It’s the yellow and brown one in the lower left/center of the photo.

I knew what I wanted to make right when I got it.  So I asked team member Jenny Davies-Reazor if she had any face cabs left, and she did!

I used a tutorial I had purchased on etsy by Beverly Herman for “Queen Wanna Bead”.  This challenge proved to be a little bit difficult for me. I think that, for this pattern, you really have to use what Beverly tells you to use for the base – I used ultrasuede because that’s the only thing I’ve ever used when I bezel a cab.  But you really need stiffer material because this is a larger, busy piece.  I am going to try it again, and use the right materials, but I’m glad I did it. I’ll be using this piece as an ornament on my tree this year. 

Please check out what everyone else made by visiting their blogs, or the AJE blog!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monthly Winners

AJE Blog Team

AJE Component of the Month – August – Rebekah Payne

This month’s AJE Component of the Month challenge was from Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  She makes awesome polymer clay beads, but recently she has been making hand painted leather feathers.  For this month’s challenge, we could choose either a single larger feather, or a pair of smaller ones.  I chose the smaller blue pair.

I wanted to make some bicone beads to match these feathers, but as soon as I got back from Bead Fest I started working my other job again, and quite honestly have not wanted to even look at my torch right now.  I had these pretty round swirl beads that matched perfectly, so I went with them!

I knew I was going to make earrings, and wanted to figure out a wire wrap, instead of punching a hole in the feather.  It took me a few tries, but this is what I came up with.  If this is a technique that’s already out there, please just bear with me!   Here’s what I came up with:

I folded over the tip of the feather, and made a wrapped loop.  Here’s how I did it.  First, I took about a 7″ piece of 20 gauge copper wire, and bent it in half.

 I formed a loop, and kept both ends of the wire horizontal.

 I then inserted the tip of the feather into the loop, and folded it over.  I held it in place with my chain nose pliers.

 I began wrapping one end of the wire around the front of the feather.  I wrapped it several times.

 When I was comfortable with the number of wraps, I cut the excess wire off in the back and used the chain nose pliers to push the end down so it would lie flat and out of the way.

 Then I took the other end and did the same thing – please excuse the gnarly wire – I had to unwrap at one point, and that’s why it looks this way!

 When I was done wrapping, I cut the wire in the back the same way and made sure the wire held tight by gently tugging on it.  After that, I just make my lampwork bead dangle by starting a wrapped loop, inserting the feather segment and finishing the wrapped loop.  Then I added a copper wavy chip bead (don’t know what to call these!) my lampwork bead, another chip bead and made a wrapped loop at the top. Add ear wire and you’re done!

Please check out what everyone else made with Rebekah’s feathers by following these links!

Guest Artists
Karin Grosset Grange – http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.com/
Ann Schroeder – http://beadlove.wordpress.com/
 
The AJE Team
Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson – http://francescawatson.com/