January Component of the Month – From the Vaults? Use Your Stash!

December 15, 2014 , In: Blog Hops, Inspiration

Do you ever sit in your bead room and look over the treasure, hoard, art beads you have collected? Do you love them, fondle them, call them Precious? Gorgeous miniature works of art that you needed to have, even though you weren’t sure how you were going to use them in a finished piece…

Then this is the COM challenge for you!
Harry, Ron, Hermione in Bellatrix’s vault at Gringott’s 

Does your studio, bead room, dining room table, work space look like Bellatrix LeStrange’s vault? Piled high with treasure, and avalanche if you touch the wrong stack?

This past August, after Beadfest, Jennifer and Lesley were at my house and we were trading a few last beads before they had to leave.  The idea was tossed out that we do a one-of-a-kind Component of the Month challenge where we USE OUR STASH! Pull out a piece we had been holding on to, a treasure created by one of our AJE team mates… and put it to creative use. Brilliant!

So for January we are challenging each other in a new way: AJE members will use an art bead/component in a finished piece; an art bead/component created by any one of their team mates. This diverse array of work will be blogged on the reveal date of January 31st, 2015.

And for you? Our loyal readers have more chances to win! There are 8 members, each contributing pieces/prizes. How to win? Leave a comment ( and email) below,. you know the drill!  And we encourage our fellow bead hoarders, collectors, art bead aficionados to create along with us. Even if you don’t win one of these featured pieces – raid your stash! Delve into your treasure and create using an art bead by any AJE member. 

You could win one of these:  
Top: Sue Kennedy, Lindsay Starr, Jen Cameron. Center: Caroline Dewison.
Bottom: Lesley Watt, Melissa Meman, Kristen Stevens. 
Winter snowflake: Linda Landig
Bonus: because I couldn’t decide between these two wintery options.
If you would like to play, here are the rules…
  • The AJE team will give away the components pictured above to 9 winners; selected randomly from those who leave comments below this post. Your comment must include your EMAIL address so we can contact you should you win.
  • Which piece are you winning from the picture above? Let us surprise you! 
  • Please — only leave a comment if you can commit to creating a finished piece and blogging about it on the reveal date.
  • The names of the 9 winners will be announced on December 17, 2014.
  • This giveaway is open to US and international countries, but please be aware that international addresses will have longer postage times… sometimes up to 3 weeks.
  • The blog reveal will take place on January 31, 2015.



Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Davies-Reazor is a mixed media artist inspired by myth, folklore and the natural world. A proud Jack-of-all-trades, she concentrated in metals and painting in art school, turned to clay during her teaching career, and is truly happiest when mixing materials in unusual ways. From clay to resin, paper to polymer... Since leaving her ceramics classroom, Jenny is always in the studio: fabricating jewelry, creating ceramic shrines and decorative tiles, and teaching in a variety of mediums. " I love sharing my passion for art, and seeing sparks light up in student's eyes..."
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    I would love to join the fun! silverniknats at email dot com

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    How timely that you mention the vault, as I just tackled organizing my cluttered studio and discovered things I have been hoarding and have forgotten completely. What a great focus for the upcoming new year. Count me in; I'll play! ~ Cindy M-S

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    Why yes, I believe I do have a few things hidden away that would qualify…:D And, of course, you can never have too many art beads! I'd love to play! sjmoore 235@ gmail. com

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    Ohhhh, I love to play toooooooooooo!!!! Ha, ha!! (I need a rehab!!!) nunezjohana[!at]

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    This is a terrific idea! I have an active blog and I have the time to commit to this. I would love to participate.

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    I think I probably have a piece or two that would work 🙂 Of course, I always love new pieces, too! ss10001(at)

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    Oooh I'm all for a challenge

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    I would love to play with your pretty beads. breadmaker40 at

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    I too would love to play!

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    Thanx for the chance to play along. I have been hoarding a couple of AJE components. I welcome the chance to use them.

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    Count me in for the "collector's" challenge. I have the perfect piece in mind and the challenge will give me the added incentive to get going! January is my favorite month to clean out my entire craft room.

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    Wow, such great components. I would love to create with any of these. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    It would be fun to play.

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    Oops. I forgot to leave my email. I have some of Kristi's elements and some of Diana's and I have big plans for both. Thanks for motivating me.

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    I would love to be a part of this! My email is and I can definitely commit to blogging about it on my blog – Thanks for the chance, ladies!

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    One of my summer holiday plans (yes it is summer down here) is to go through and reorganize my stash, bound to find some treasures in there when I do! In the meantime, I'd LOVE to win any of these! (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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    these are some beautiful pieces. Anyone would be lucky to win one of them. (Lee:

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    What a fun idea. I'd like to throw my name in the hat. Thanks!

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    Oh I would love to play! I just did a challenge similar and had so much fun!

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    Oh yeah! My stash is pretty neat right now, but I have a BIG bin of projects containing very special beads and components that is screaming to be completed in the new year.

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    Ha – perfect image for my studio / attic / bead hoarding vault! I feel exactly like in Bellatrix LeStrange's vault 🙂 I plan to clean it up… again… uselessly, as it will go back to being a disaster in less than a week. Thank you for the chance 🙂

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    I would love to win one of these pieces! I'm so glad I found this group…I enjoy reading the entries from the members.

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    This just might get me back to my long-neglected website…and use up some of my little treasures at the same time. Count me in! Charmaine at

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    I would love to win a new bead to add to my hoard er collection of art beads.

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    Count me in! helloimraissa at gmail dot com

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    i would love to join in.

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    Yes please I would love to be included THis may even get my behind into gear to use the beautiful pendant I won in Lesley's giveaway earlier this year… Yvette x

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    Please add my name to the mix! These pieces are so lovely! marci@moosepetals(dot)com

    • Tanya
    • December 17, 2014

    That is such a fabulous idea! I'd love to try creating something with one of those.

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    Oh, yes I'd love to play along!

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    I'm probably too late to throw my hat in the ring but our internet has been down. I'd love to play if I'm not too late. sjdesignsjewelry[at]gmail[dot]com

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    I was sure I posted on this! I would love to join in. I've got a little stash from a few of the AJE artists. Can't wait!

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    My email is acting up. At any rate: Ready with my blog at
    email address is noted in above post

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