Courage Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal.  January’s component was made Jenny Davies-Reazor.  Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few  lucky guest artists were given a personalized polymer clay and resin focal that Jenny made for us.  Since these components were made at the start of the new year, Jenny chose words to guide us on our journey through 2014.  My word was “Courage”.  I need courage to try new jewelry techniques without being too self-critical about the outcome during the early learning stages.  I also need courage to start submitting jewelry designs to magazines, knowing full well that the process will involve some rejections along the way, with (hopefully) some acceptances.

jewelry pendant by Jenny Davies-Reazor

Courage Pendant

Unfortunately I’ve been sick for nearly 3 weeks now and after seeing my doctor yesterday, I’ve learned that I have bronchitis.  Now I know why I have been feeling so exhausted and lousy.  Which is to say that, while I’ve developed plans for this focal, I haven’t actually executed them yet.  So this will be a work-in-progress blog post.  I’ll share my plans with you and when I get this necklace finished, I’ll post an update here.

The focal has an old-fashioned, elegant antique vibe to it, so I immediately thought of a wonderful old bracelet that I picked up in an antique store about a year ago.

antique braceletJenny’s focal has two holes at the bottom of it, so I thought I would use them to attach the dangle  focal from the bracelet.

3aThe bracelet’s chain is unusually lovely and I want to incorporate some of it in the necklace, though I’m not yet certain how I will do so.

antique jewelry chainI plan to finish the necklace with small champagne colored pearls and faceted garnets.

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Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Jenny’s focals?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guests:
Hope of Craftyhope
Sarajo of SJ Designs Jewelry

AJE team
Jennifer Cameron
Diana Ptaszynski
Lesley Watt
Susan Kennedy
Caroline Dewison
Linda Landig
Melissa Meman
Keirsten Giles
Rebekah Payne
Kristen Stevens
Jenny Davies-Reazor

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Spiral Earrings

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:

handmade ceramic jewelry charms

Charms by Jenny Davies-Reazor

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.

Chameleon Tail

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.

Ceramic Spiral Earrings Rustic Green Wirework Handmade Brass Ear Wires

Spiral Earrings

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.

Ceramic Spiral Earrings Rustic Green Wirework Handmade Brass Ear Wires

Spiral Earrings

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!

Ceramic Spiral Earrings Rustic Green Wirework Handmade Brass Ear Wires

Spiral Earrings

Want to see more gorgeous  jewelry with Jenny’s ceramic charms?  Here are all the links.  Have fun!

Guest artists:

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/

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
Linda Landig Jewelry – Etsy

Labyrinth Necklace

AJE Component of the Month Reveal

The participants in the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Challenge are revealing their designs today. We each received a labyrinth pendant from Jenny Davies-Reazor.

Multi-colored, handmade Labyrinth Pendants

Ceramic Labyrinth Pendants by Jenny Davies-Reazor

I received a violet colored 2-hole pendant.  I love the color and it goes quite nicely with this labyrinth found on Pinterest.  The labyrinth is made of blooming lavender.  How cool is that?  The scent must be so heavenly!

lavender labyrinth

Source: google.com via Linda on Pinterest

Purple handmade ceramic pendant

Labyrinth Pendant

When I started on my necklace I intended to use patina’ed copper wire, with a subtle color palette of violet, lilac and sage green.  I wired the little flower dangle on copper and added two copper jump rings to the pendant, but it just seemed to be calling out for silver.  So silver it is, even though sterling is so dang expensive right now.  I tried to contain costs a bit by using silver filled wire and just used sterling silver for the clasp and chain. 

Handmade necklace with ceramic and lampwork

Labyrinth Necklace

 Despite switching to silver, I did stick with my original color choice of purple, lavender and sage green.  Just above the flower dangle is a purple, lampwork glass ring by Beads and Botanicals. The two beads above that are commercial glass. The square pillow shaped bead has touches of sage green in it, which are also echoed in the two small fire polished beads below it.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Labyrinth Necklace

On the other side I wired a Chinese Charoite stone.  The three beads above the gemstone are more handmade lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals.

Handmade ceramic and lampwork necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Labyrinth Necklace

I would like to try walking a labyrinth someday.  I think it would be very calming and medative.  Just for fun, I Googled “labyrinth Washington State”.   According to The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator there are over 100 labyrinths just in the state of Washington.  I’m amazed!  The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator will help you find labyrinths in your state or country too.

Labyrinths are found in many cultures and religious traditions, dating as far back as 3,500 years.  Walking a labyrinth can be used for prayer, meditation, contemplation or personal growth.  According to the reading I did, there are many ways to walk a labyrinth. 

One of a kind necklace by Linda Landig Jewelry

Labyrinth Necklace

Often the walk toward the center is used to quiet the mind and to become more centered and peaceful. The time at the center can be an experience of openness to insight, learning or to simply receive what the moment has to offer.  As one moves outward again, there can be  a time of reflection on what was received at the center how it applies to one’s life. 

One can also use the walk as a time to reflect on a specific concern or issue.  The labyrinth can be used as a walking prayer too, or it can be a meditative walk, in which one focuses on a specific word or phrase, such as “May peace prevail on earth.”

purple and green handmade necklace

Labyrinth Necklace

The labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France is one of the most famous.  As you can see in this brief YouTube video, the labyrinth maybe covered with chairs in the church.  But when the chairs are removed many people come to walk, meditate and pray.  http://youtu.be/QXfJNrrcgiI  If this a piqued your interest you can find a lot  more information on labyrinths here.

I learned a lot by doing this month’s Component of the Month Challenge and that made it extra enjoyable for me.  Thanks Jenny!

You can see what others have designed with their labyrinth pendants by following these links.