Sunday, 28 February 2016

AJE COM challenge - February Reveal

So here we are again...another month has flown by and it's time for another AJE component of the month reveal. This months we were challenge to work with these lovely 'Phaedra' chain maille and crystal components made by Diana Ptaszynski - very bling!

Now I have to say these were quite a challenge for me since bling is not really my thing. I tend much more to the earthy and subdued and my inclination for anything sparkly is to treat it very simply and just hang it from a chain where it speaks for itself...but that didn't fell quite right for a challenge.

So I was trying to thing of something that would better fit my aesthetic and still showcase Diana's component and decided to try something with leather. I remembered a tutorial I had saved that involved loosely weaving leather cord into a necklace and decided to have a go at that. As the weave is quite loose I wasn't sure if it would work but being made from aluminium jump rings the Phaedra is very light and it did work a treat. So in the end I did simply hang it from a necklace but I think it has a bit more impact than a chain!

I was fortunate to have a number of Phaedra's in different colours and I chose to go with red because it worked best with the very dark blue of the leather. The combination wasn't the easiest to photograph to get both elements captured accurately either so my apologies for the less than brilliant photographs.


I'm really keen to see what the other participants have made this month so I hope you'll join me on our little blog hop via the links below:


AJE Team


  1. These are really cool Lesley! Very different and I never would have thought to do that! Great job!

  2. I think this is my favorite. I don't usually have a favorite, but the intricate, yet simplicity at the same time are a stunning effect with the phaedra. Good call!

  3. That's fabulous! I love the knot work... you should do more bling!

  4. Wow! I just love the contrast of the bling and the leather. So different and eye catching.

  5. I was wondering if anyone was going to match leather or fiber to the Phaedra component. The knotting compliments the pendant perfectly. The black and red is my favorite. It has that rocker chic vibe.

  6. I do like the Woven quality of the leather. It ties in well to the interlace of the chain mail weave. Well done !

  7. WOW Lesley, it goes so well with the component! Nice job- that must have been hard!


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