Use Your AJE Stash Design Challenge Reveal
It's time for another component of the month design challenge on Art Jewelry Elements. However, we decided to mix it up for the month of January and challenged everyone who has been collecting components by the AJE team to use what they have in their stash. Plus we gave components by different team members to several different winners.
I had good intentions for this challenge. I even started early. But I still haven't quite figured out the whole college student/mom/wife/chuaffeur/secretary/accountant/daughter/beadmaker/jewelry designer balance yet.
I have several pieces in progress, but none are completely finished, which is a total bummer. However, I will give you a sneak peek into what I've been working on and the current status.
When I first started trying to decide which component to work with, I looked through my AJE drawer. Yes. I have an entire drawer dedicated to AJE components. That's how bad it is.
I wanted to tell a story and probably the best one out of the team for telling a story through her components is Jenny Davies-Reazor.
I've always been extremely interested in Greek Mythology. I have read several books, plays, took a college class, but have never incorporated it into my own work. I came across these two components in my Jenny section and immediately thought of the story of Arachne.
There are a few different versions of the myth of Arachne, but the basic idea of the story is that a woman named Arachne was an extremely talented weaver and many people believed the goddess Athena must have taught her. Arachne boasts that she is better than Athena (whose symbol is an owl) and could teach her a thing or two. Athena hears this (because, you know, she's a goddess...) and appears as an elderly woman to warn Arachne not to boast. Arachne continues to boast (uh oh). So Athena challenges her to a weaving contest. At this point, the stories diverge. Some have Arachne winning, some have Athena winning. One has Arachne hanging herself, another has Athena giving her a potion. Whatever. The point is, no matter who wins, Arachne ends up as a spider.
The purpose of the myth serves a couple lessons. #1-Don't compare yourself to the gods or boast you are better. They get angry and it will end badly for you (this is shown over and over throughout mythology). #2-to explain where spiders come from.
Obviously, the piece needed some weaving to demonstrate the story. I altered a tutorial from a book by Mary Hettmansperger for making a wire woven hand component to create a woven tapestry component. You can read more about that in this post I wrote on AJE.
When laying out my components, I realized I needed some black to tie the black of the components to the other side. Then that was as far as I got. I needed to be able to lay these out on my bench to look at them and play with them. But my bench is such a disaster and I didn't have time to clean AND design. *pout*
When I finish this, I will patina the metal. Probably with Jax Pewter Black left over from my stained glass days.
Next up... I've been on a bit of a chainmaille craze lately. And Diana is the other chainmaille person on the team. So I decided to put an amulet I bought from her forever ago to use.
This is the copper graduated box chain I started at the beginning of January (I think the photo looked better in black and white).
I made some beads that are a mixture of "crusty" ancient base, and sparkly irridized glass on the surface. Again, it isn't quite finished....
My plan at this point is to create a hook clasp to hook directly into the amulet handle and (of course) finish off the wire wrapped loops. I will also patina the metal with Jax Pewter Black.
And last but not least. This is a case of my "eyes being too big for my stomach." Or maybe biting off more than I can chew is a better aphorism?
I have this amazing etch ceramic lentil by Caroline Dewison (the large one in the photo below). I wanted to make a strand of beads in various shades of blue, purple, and green with a similar etched effect achieved through tumbling, that could be worn long or doubled. This is as far as I got...not very.
Make sure to take a peek at what everyone else created!
Jennifer Cameron <----you are here
Guest Designers (January Component Winners):
Lee - Strega Jewellry
Shai - Shai’s Ramblings
Samantha - Wescott Jewelry
Kathy - Bay Moon Designs
Nikki - Silver Nik Nats
Yvette - Blue Kiln Beads
Karen - Ginko et Coquelicot
Bonus Participants (Used their current stash):