January reveals… the AJE component of the month

(Please feel free to read the AJE post where I introduced these Mixed Media pieces, and discussed their construction.)

Jan CoM

January. Beginnings. Resolutions. Blank slate. Fresh start. Intentions. 

1:  a determination to act in a certain way :  resolve

2:  importsignificance

3 a :  what one intends to do or bring about

   b :  the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered
4:  a process or manner of healing of incised wounds
When I designed this piece, I wanted something I could wear often, if not everyday. I had chosen a word for myself that was to be a talisman for the upcoming year. I wanted to wear it and be reminded to be present, in the moment, and to live with intention.  
Jan CoM collage


“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen Hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.”

 Mary Anne Radmacher

The piece was in olive polymer, with accents of copper and teal. The teal was so subtle – I wanted to enhance it with gems. Here its apatite. The greens are green garnet, long a favorite of mine. Copper chain, bead caps and wire are the metallic notes. The jade? jasper? beads on one side in the back are sprinkled with apatite as well. The pearls on the other side do have a coppery sheen. 

I am deeply satisfied with the focal and the necklace overall and have worn it many times this month. I do have more of these mixed media pieces in the works – and will have them at Berks Bead Bazaar March 1-2. 

I look forward to exploring the creations of my AJE colleagues and the guest bloggers this month. Plese join me? Links are below. 


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

13 thoughts on “January reveals… the AJE component of the month

  1. Ann says:

    I love your necklace. Your component for this month is really wonderful and different. Just checking out some of the posts this morning, I can see how it works up so nicely in so many different designs.


  2. CraftyHope says:

    OH YES! It’s fantastic.

    I love your blending of the colors on both the focal and in the necklace. The double chain on the one side gives it more interest and a little more umph without taking away from that stunning focal.
    Wonderful job with both your necklace and the fantabulous, terrific, superb focals. I really, really enjoyed the challenge and the beauty of the component I received. Thank you!


  3. Becky Pancake says:

    Jenny your components are awesome. I enjoy seeing all the different designs that can come from one similar piece. Great job on your colors. I never thought of pairing olive and apitite but they look wonderful together.


  4. Jen says:

    I absolutely loved the piece I received. Thank you for hosting.

    I love the gemstones you selected to pair with your talisman. They are perfect. No wonder you’ve worn it so many times already.


  5. Caroline says:

    I love it Jenny! The stones are perfect, the whole thing is beautiful!

    I’ve really loved using your component, it was lots of fun to work with and I’ve really enjoyed hopping and seeing what everyone else has done with it. It’s a beautiful creation!

    Thank you! x


  6. Lesley Watt says:

    Oh gosh I just love the colour palette for this piece and it has a lovely authentic antique feel to it – beautiful. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to work with this lovely component Jenny.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s