Every month the talented artists from the Art Jewelry Elements team host a component of the month challenge. This month's themed challenge, March Hare, was aligned with the spring season. Bead and component makers created hares in their respective mediums. For hare eye candy, head over to the blog post introducing the AJE March Hare Theme.
Jenny Davies-Reazor, a mixed media artist inspired by myth and folklore, was kind enough to give away two of her hare pendants, and I was fortunate to win one of them. What an exciting day it was when this little hare arrived in the mail.
His cute little face sat on my studio work table for a long time both inspiring me and taunting me. Purple is a color I rarely use in my jewelry, so this project challenged me a bit. I pulled out trays of purple and brown beads to match the pendant but then felt stuck determining secondary colors. Then I remembered that I had just purchased some ribbons that might work in this project.
Elizabeth Girod makes the most gorgeous hand-dyed, serged cotton/silk batik ribbons. Just take a look at the selection in her shop, Fire & Fibers. The ribbon I wanted to use had an array of colors in it - purple, green, brown, orange, red, and blue.
That ribbon really inspired interesting color choices. The next moment my table was cluttered with beads in a variety of colors and the fun began. I textured and antiqued some copper washers and attached the ribbon to them. Now, what to hang from them? I discovered some purple satin cord in a long-neglected drawer; it matched the pendant exactly. After weaving the cord through the chain, I slipped on a bail and attached the pendant with a jump ring.
The simplicity of this design really spotlighted the hare pendant. But anyone who knows me, can totally relate to this next sentence. I can not leave things well enough alone. Simple just doesn't register with me; I always take the next step into complicated.
I decided to add another beaded strand, stringing Czech glass, crazy lace agate, variscite, and turquoise beads along with copper spacers. Allowing for options, I made this piece convertible by attaching extra jump rings to the copper washer and crimping lobster clasps to the beaded strand. (This idea was a collaboration with a dear friend who always helps inspire me creatively. Thanks, Bonnie!)
Here is the necklace with the beaded strand attached. I think the weight of the necklace feels more balanced now than with just the single chain.
Then, another birdtrack into complicated hit me. With lobster clasps at both ends, the beaded strand could be removed from the necklace and used in a bracelet. On its own, it was too long for a single wrap and too short for a double wrap, so I tied two pieces of deerskin leather - turquoise and chocolate brown - to a jump ring and clasped the beaded strand to it. Now all I needed to do was knot the other end of leather to another jump ring and add an extender.
As a triple wrap, this bracelet has an interesting variety of colors and textures.
Now, with this leather section, I had yet another necklace option: attaching the leather section to the clasp and randomly weaving the leather around the beaded and chain strands. Looking very boho now!
With all of these materials crowding my work space, how could I not make earrings to accompany this set? I colored some copper rings with amethyst Vintaj patina, textured and antiqued some copper washers, and made a riveted deerskin loop to hold them. A few dangling beaded jump rings provided some color and movement.
So there you have my Convertible March Hare project. Thank you, Jenny, for sending me your sweet hare pendant. This was most certainly a challenging but satisfying project. I look forward to working with the other two wonderful pieces you included in my package. Thank you!!
See what I mean about my difficulties with simple? Enjoy hopping around to see the other March Hare creations linked below.
Art Jewelry Team
Aural - Woodland Bay Native
Heather - Hidden Ridge Studio
Cindy Martin-Shaw (You are here!)
Karin Grosset Grange - Ginko et Coquelicot
Michelle McEnroe (4 pieces pinned on the AJE Pinterest page)
If you'd like to read the reveal post on the Art Jewelry Elements blog, click on the link below: