AJE Component of the Month Reveal
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements hosts a component giveaway and reveal. June’s component was made by the talented Jenny Davies-Reazor. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus four guest artists were given organic ceramic charms that Jenny made for us. Here are the giveaway charms:
I received an awesome pair of the rustic green spiral charms, pictured above. I know that Jenny often uses motifs derived from myth, legend and history, so I became curious to learn more about the significance and meanings of spirals.
First I headed over to Pinterest and made a new board for spirals. I’m amazed at all the spirals that occur in nature. I was familiar with some, but found many more. Here are some of my favorites:
I used to weave baskets, but I had never particularly associated that art with spirals, although many baskets are built up through spirals.
Spirals can be found on ancient rock carvings and in Celtic, African and Native American art. Spirals are present in Arabic architecture, Japanese rock gardens and Hindu spiritual texts, too.
I learned that spirals are the oldest symbol known to be used in spiritual practices. They reflect the universal pattern of growth and evolution. Spirals may be seen as a representation of life’s journey, growth and death. Apparently in ancient Britain, the spiral was associated with the feminine as the doorway to life.
After gathering all this information I wanted to really accent the spirals in my design. So I started out by forming a wire work spiral and then I added some whimsical curves, leading down to Jenny’s spiral ceramic charms.
I’ve been working hard at growing my wire working skills, but let me tell you, it is challenging to make earrings where each earring should be as closely matched to its mate as possible. Obviously only machine-made things are perfectly matched. A little variation is part of the charm of owning handmade crafts.
So next I figured that these earrings deserved handmade earwires, too. I added a small green Czech glass bead to each earwire as I was forming it. I really like that little punch of color at the top. The Spiral Earrings can be found in my Etsy shop . Jenny’s ceramic components are available in her Etsy shop. Check them out!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Jenny’s ceramic charms? Here are all the links. Have fun!
The AJE Team:
Jennifer Cameron – http://glassaddictions.com/
Jenny Davies-Reazor – http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Susan Kennedy – http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com/
Linda Landig – http://www.lindasbeadblog.com/
Melissa Meman – http://melissameman.blogspot.com/
Rebekah Payne – http://www.treewingsstudio.com/
Jo Tinley – http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com/
Lesley Watt – http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com/
Francesca Watson – http://www.francescawatson.com
Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.vintagebluestudio.typepad.com/
Kristi Bowman – http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com
Kristen Stevens – http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/
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