Monday, 26 January 2015

GIVEAWAY WINNER....


 
Thanks to everyone for yet another wonderful response to my giveaway and to everyone who signed up, followed and left such kind comments.

I'm delighted to announce that the winner of the component set is....

Kathleen Lange Klik

Congratulations Kathleen - I'll be in touch shortly and look forward to seeing what you create with your prize.

And thanks once again to everyone else.

Lesley

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Late But Great...Giveaway

Phew! it's been a manic start to 2015. I had all sorts of new ideas in my head I wanted to start on early in the new year but a last minute  request before Christmas and a looming deadline saw me head down for a couple of weeks concentrating on a possible project for later in the year. That done, I had to tackle the annual tax return - a job I hate and never get properly organised for. But now that's done and dusted and I can concentrate on getting the new year and my creative ideas of the ground properly.

There is however one other thing I need to do first and that's to say a big thank you to everyone who helped my Facebook page fly past the 2000 followers mark by the end of 2014 - being visible on Facebook is getting harder and harder so I'm very grateful for this. Just before Christmas I said I would have a giveaway if I could achieve this milestone and I'm always true to my word so here it it is...a great little collection of ceramic and bronze components that are just perfect for spring designs.



For a chance to win this collection all you need to do is leave a comment below and if you would like to share this post on your own social media you can leave another comment telling me what you've done for another entry. You can also get an extra entry by signing up for my newsletter (see sidebar of this blog) which will make sure you get an early heads up on shop updates, events, and special promotions just for newsletter subscribers.


The giveaway will close at 8pm GMT (UK time) on Sunday 25th January 2015 and I will announce the winner shorty afterwards.


Thanks again and good luck...

Lesley



Saturday, 3 January 2015

AJE Component of the Month - December Reveal

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 has started well for you. I did my celebrating in Edinburgh this year and got home just last night so I'm feeling a little groggy this morning having slept in rather late to catch up on missed sleep. I finally had to drag myself out of bed to put together this post for the reveal for the last of the 2014 AJE COM challenges...these lovely snow flake pendants from Diana Ptsazynski of Suburban Girl Studio.


I chose a white matt glazed pendant and found my main challenge was deciding where to go with colours. I didn't want to use anything that would make it specifically Christmas themed and I don't actually have many white beads. Those that I do have were a very bright white which made the pendant look very grey and do even less for my skin tone! In the end I decided to stay very neutral but went for an off white which seemed to blend the colours of the glaze and the clay - maybe not everyone's cup of tea but I liked it.

I started with some open linked antiqued bronze chain which I jazzed up by adding some pearlised seed beads to alternate links.


Now I quite like the pendant simply strung from this and that's how it sat for a while but then, I did begin to think it was a bit simple for a challenge so I added a couple of frosted Rivoli beads for a little added interest. I still felt a little unfinished so I cut some shorter pieces of chain and made some wire wrapped seed bead dangles to create a tail beneath the focal like falling snow or even a falling star.


I used single links from the chain to keep it in place and sitting flat at the back...


Here's how it looks altogether, rather understated but that tends to be the type of jewellery I wear so I'm happy with it.





Many thanks to Diana for supplying such lovely pieces to work with - you can see what the rest of the team and our guest's made using the links below and we look forward to bringing you more challenges throughout 2015.

Lesley


Guests

AJE Team

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Happy Holidays and a Little Gift for the New Year...

Well Christmas is almost upon us now and I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the holiday season.


2014 has been a pretty good year for me and I hope 2015 will continue in the same vein. I have lots of ideas brewing in my head including the continued development of my component offering and a complete overhaul of my jewellery range. I am also hankering to have a go at some new creative projects like larger, ornamental and functional clay pieces and hand made books.

The only reason I will be able to put these plans into action is because of the support of you, my friends and customers and as a little thank you I will be offering a 10% discount in both my Etsy shops throughout January. Just use coupon code HNY10 when you check out and your discount will automatically applied.

THEA elements
THEA jewellery

I will also be offering a number of special discounts to my Newsletter subscribers in 2015 so if you'd like to take advantage of these don't forget to sign up using the link in the sidebar of this blog or via my Facebook page.

In the meantime enjoy your festivities, recharge those creative batteries and I will see you next year.

Warmest wishes,

Lesley

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Ornament Swap 2014

I am very happy to be taking part in this annual event organised by Sally Russick again as I missed it last year having fallen and broken my ankle and not got myself together enough to participate. This year however I'm fighting fit and delighted to have the lovely and talented Erin Prais-Hintz as my swap partner. You know you're in for a treat when you're gift arrives packaged like this...pretty enough to grace any tree itself!


And what was inside certainly didn't disappoint...Erin sent me this adorable botanical bird with a juniper berry pattern in the polymer clay and resting on a beautifully beaded branch of berries - I love it!


She couldn't have picked a better subject for me since both my Christmas tree and my soft furnishings share a similar feathered theme...


And here's the ornament nestled happily near the top of the the tree...


Erin also sent me this beautiful 'Call me Rosebud' pendant which I'll be turning into a piece of jewellery for myself as soon as I get a chance...


Erin thank you so much for your beautiful gifts and your generosity - both very much appreciated.

So what did I send Erin in return...? Well after much debate I decided I wanted to make something in ceramic that was jolly and fun. The result was this happy little snowman with his own decorations and a little birdie friend to keep him company.


The holly decoration was applied with china paint after the glaze firing for an added flourish. To where he is now and Erin's beautiful Christmas themes pop over to her blog at the link below


If Erin likes her snowman half as much as I love my bird I will be more than happy!

Many thanks To sally for organising this lovely event again...it's been great fun to participate and now I hope you'll join me in a little festive blog hop to see what everyone else has made.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

AJE Component of the Month - November Reveal





The components for this months challenge come in the form of these lovely beaded hoops from the seriously talented seed beader Kristen Stevens. Once again I forgot to photograph my own beads but they were the same as the purple pair in the centre of this picture.

Since they came in a pair I decided pretty quickly to make earrings but I wanted to try and do something a bit different. They're very light and quite flexible so I began by looking for something that might give them a little more rigidity and structure. Whilst rummaging I came across my pot of copper washers and found some that the hoops sat quite nicely inside and I started to think about ways to attached the two elements - a little wire wrapping seemed in order.

I decided I wanted integral ear wires so I began by soldering some copper wire to the washers. I then had a bit of a 'what if' moment and used some solder paste to give the washers a more grungy, industrial look by dotting it around, melting it and then hammering it for a more battered look... I like this look a lot and I wish I'd thought to take process pictures but I always forget when I'm experimenting. I also punched a hole in the washers opposite the ear wire.

Next I had to attach Kristen's hoop and this proved a little tricky. Because they didn't fit snugly to the washer so it was difficult to keep them aligned - I kept wrapping too tightly and pulling the hoops to one side. Eventually I managed to get a more even and relaxed tension which held the hoops centred where I wanted them. Some 'messy' wrapping took care of the excess wire and created a contrasting accent.

For a little flourish I found some crystals that matched the colour of the hoops and added them to the bottom of the washers as dangles. Finally I formed the integral ear wires and here we have the finished product...



Because it took me a few attempts to get the wrapping right I did take a bit of the surface colour of the hoops but in actual fact I really like the effect and I think it works well with the grungy theme.



Many thanks to Kristen for providing up with such great beads to play with. Please use the links below to see what the rest of the team and out guests made for this challenge.

Lesley 

Cindy Martin Shaw
Shai Williams
Karen Martinez


Linda Landig
Caroline Dewison
Francesca Watson
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Lindsay Starr
Jennifer Cameron





Friday, 28 November 2014

Pre - Christmas Sale - 25% Off....

If you're looking for some bargains while you're Christmas shopping I'm running pre-holiday sales in both my shops from 8am GMT Friday 28th November until 12 Midnight 1st December. Use coupon code SANTA25 when you check out and 25% (excluding shipping) will be deducted from your order automatically.

THEA elements
THEA jewellery

Happy shopping!


 

Lesley