On golden wings… AJE Component of the Month reveal

<sigh> I havent posted here in a month! I have many things to show you, and I will try to get caught up this week. But for today: 

AJE Component of the Month! On Gilded wings… 

Gilded wings

Caroline of Blueberri beads is responsible for the beautiful treasures the AJE team is working with this month.  These ceramic moths have flown across the Atlantic in droves? a flock? ( What does one call a gathering of moths?) As with Melissa’s enameled heart last month – my first response was color. The gold called for burgundy, in an opulent, Victorian/Pre-Raphaelite palette. I wanted this large focal to be a dramatic statement piece worthy of a PRB “stunner’. In my mind’s eye it was to be worn with velvet… 

DGR Monna Vanna

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Monna Vanna, 1866 


JWW Crystal ball


John William Waterhouse: The Crystal Ball [with the skull] – 1902

So here is my creation: a relatively simple triple strand of pearls and garnets. The back is finished with a ribbon of sari silk. Gilded Wings CoM1


Gilded Wings CoM2

Gilded Wings CoM3

I wire wrapped connectors with colored Parawire to link the strands to the fiber element. ( Thanks to Kerry Bogert for that inspiration!) I was away for a large chunk of March and was delighted to arrive home knowing this was waiting for me. While my piece is simple – its true to the feel of aht I envisioned. Right now its rather long at app 24″ I may need to shorten it a bit… and there is a place I could add a dangle at the bottom of the wings. I am still debating that. I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Please visit the blogs of my AJE team mates and our guests this month to see their pieces incorporating this lovely ceramic focal! 

Guest Artists

The AJE Team

Caroline Dewison – http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk 

Diana Ptaszynski – http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com

Susan Kennedy – http://www.suebeads.blogspot.co.uk

Kristen Stevens – http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/

Keirsten Giles – http://cerebraldilettante.blogspot.com

Melissa Meman –  http://melissameman.blogspot.co.uk

Rebekah Payne – www.treewingsstudio.com

Lesley Watt – http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk

Linda Landig – http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com




16 thoughts on “On golden wings… AJE Component of the Month reveal

  1. Caroline says:

    Absolutely beautiful Jenny! The pearls & garnets were the perfect choice… You’ve really captured the style!

    I could just imagine that in one of the paintings in your post! Thank you for joining me in the challenge!


    • jenny says:

      Thank you Caroline! It was hard to not associate the moth with green  – so in its own way I challenged myself even more by going with warm tones. 


  2. Shirley says:

    I love the rich colors you used with the moth. And the colored parawire looks wonderful. I think I would like to see what happens when you add a dangle to the bottom! 🙂


  3. Kristen Stevens says:

    I am blown away at your inspiration and interpretation! You really know how to pull the two together and make gorgeousness!


  4. Kristi says:

    I love what you did with your gorgeous Luna Moth!! I don’t think I ever would have thought of making a Victorian Era piece with it but it’s perfection!


    • jenny says:

      Yeah – this length it would have to be worn over your top,I tend to like a standard 18″ length myself. I liked the moth tail dangling in one’s decolletage, though! 


  5. Linda Landig says:

    I love your design with the richness if the 3 strands, pearls and garnets. I think my necklace design is too long, also. Even if we shorten it to 18 inches, it will still hang fairly low because of the long moth tail. I love the way you made the clasp and transition from 3 strands to the single silk strand. Gorgeous!


  6. Rebekah says:

    How gorgeous Jenny! Your necklace truly would be perfect worn with velvets—it has such a lovely romantic feel to it! I love the idea of a dangle added to the ends of the moth’s wings… but then I do love long necklaces… mine is about 26 inches long. 🙂


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