October Component of the Month Design Challenge Reveal


Each  month one of the Art Jewelry Elements team members submits a component for a design challenge. Members of the AJE team plus a few guest designers participate, each saving the design for an end of the month reveal. In this case, we decided on November 1st because of the Halloween crazy that happens.

This month's hostess is Karen Totten, the creative genius behind Starry Road Studio. And I adore these spiral donut/discs she used as the COM. SO many colors and the design reminds me of an ammonite and that spiral design just makes my eyes and brain happy.

However, what I REALLY wanted to do with mine is to put it on a cord using a larks head knot and call it done because it really doesn't need anything else. But that doesn't really fit within the "design" or "challenge" portion of design challenge. 

So I started playing with different components laying around the studio...especially my headpins because I love to see the different ways I can use them. I had a bunch of randomly shaped copper pieces laying on my bench that I planned to enamel, and that is when I decided to use one of my headpins to attach an enameled back to the disc. Here's what I came up with:

I just used dark brown leather cord, larks head knot, and copper chain on the back. I'm keeping this one. I desperately love this piece. I'm keeping it and will probably wear it everyday for a while. 

Now go see what everyone else made with these awesome components:

Guest Designers

AJE Blog Team



I love the blue color of the copper piece --it really sets the component off and makes it that more obvious. And of the course the headpin is an excellent finisher :-)


I love how the spiral draws your eye in to the headpin, beautiful design!


OOOOOHHH! Another beautiful way to use your amazing headpins. And I love the base too, wonderful contract to the neutral and brings the color of the headpins to life. Love!!


Love this Jen - totally wearable and each element accentuates the others perfectly.

Sherri Stokey

I totally understand the bit about just putting Karen's disc on a cord and calling it good, because it really is amazing all on its own. I am glad you decided to add your touch, though. You color choices really accent her piece and the backing and headpin just bring out the textures and colors in the disc even more. I really like this piece.

Karen Totten

I absolutely love this. Your head pin looks SO beautiful in the center. Love the contrasting / complimentary layers in this piece. :)

Nan Smith

Yours is my favorite of the COM challenge! Simple and elegant. It really highlights the component but also your style and your beautiful headpins.

Keren Panthaki

What a great setting, the blue sets the focal off perfectly making it a very striking piece, highlighting the lovely ceramic disc. I would wear this a lot too. Just lovely.

Carol Briody

Such a fabulous blending of colors! I can see why you would be wearing this for many many days and treasuring it! It's beautiful!!!

Ann Schroeder

I know what you mean about just hanging a gorgeous bead like Karen's from cord and being done. I love art beads so much sometimes I hate adding thing. But you've done a great job here. I've seen a few pieces lately that use your headpins to attach pieces, and frankly they are always beautiful. This is no exception.


Love. Love. Love. The glaze color is picked up in the headpin. The yellow glaze makes the blue sing, and the detail in the headpin at center: hypnotizing.

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