It's been a while since my last post, I've had a cold plus we took advantage of the warm Indian summer weather and cleaned out the garage. It was crammed full of stuff and the squirrels had a field day with the stuffing in the old couch and the boxes of magazines and books. For little critters they sure can do a lot of damage. The garage is looking pretty good. There are still several pieces of furniture that will go to auction. Once it's done Roger will have a place to store his vintage Mustang and his motor cycle.
I've been mostly working with wire. I made lots of doodads and some necklaces. Here are three necklaces that I finished.
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The first one is made with blue and gun metal grey wire and blue square beads. It's quite large but I like it.
The second is my favorite. I use 18 gauge amber wire to create the design and then wove in amber, brown and bronze 26 gauge wire. The center is a metal button set with pearly gold stones. I made a coiled wire bail and strung the pendant of jasper beads and used brown glass seed beads for spacers.
The third is gold and sea green wire set with a vintage celluloid button that I've had lying around for a very long time. The button is missing a couple rhinestones but it still looks pretty good and the "well loved" look is in right now. There is a little dragonfly bead on the wire. The chain is made from matching wire.
I used one of the pretty coasters I got in the coaster swap as a background for this large wire bow doodad. I like the way it looks on the coaster so I am going make a large tile to mount it on and make it into a large medallion style pendant. According to the experts large is in. I am going to do the same with more of my wire pieces.
This pendant has a wire frame with a polymer clay center. Heather thinks granddaughter Amanda might like this one.
Plaid polymer clay framed with amber and sea green wire.
The last couple months I have been using only Pardo Art Clay but since it doesn't come in metallics I got out my Kato clay to make these textured beads. The difference in conditioning is quite striking, I had to get out my hammer and pound the clay before I used the pasta machine. I still like Kato, it doesn't change color while curing, but oh the smell! The Art Clay doesn't smell at all but Kato sure does. I've always been a little allergic to it and it did make my eyes itch and my nose run.
I mixed silver and blue to get the color for these beads. The design is the same on both sides.
I added a little red to gold Kato for these beads. The design is on both sides.
I made more wire things but I want to mount them on polymer clay before I take photos. I'm working on an owl necklace that I really like. I hope to get it done today so I can show it to you.
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