Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Caterpillar Necklace & Mixed Media Fish

I had so much fun making this necklace..... It is one of those creations that grew on its own... I  had no idea what the finished piece would look like when I started, some of my best pieces just "happen".

Click on the photos for a closer look.

Took a while to figure out how to get this to hang properly.

Close up of long beads... they remind me of caterpillars... hence the name.

I originally planned to use the large tile at the bottom on another necklace, I tried it here and liked it so here it will stay.

It is a large necklace, the tile is 1 1/2" x 4" wide. It looks good on a solid colored top. I am pleased with the final result.

And here is my latest Polymer Clay and Wire, Mixed Media Critter.  I love this Fish!!

With most of my critter I make a wire frame and then add the polymer clay.  This time I made the fish body and then added the wire elements.

I also made new canes. I have been combining Premo with Kato Pearl to get the colors I want and then add a small amount of Pardo Art Clay , usually white, to firm the clay.  It's a bit difficult to get the Pardo to mix with the other clays, it has a tendency to flake and shred but do not give up, continue running though the pasta machine.... it takes 25 to 30 passes, but it is worth the effort.

I used the one in the lower left  to make the other four.  I know, strange colors and I may have over reduced a bit but I think they will make interesting beads.

I'm getting better at flower canes, the red one is not so great but I like the other two.  Packing the translucent is important with flower canes and I rushed on the red one.

The two square canes are made from the round cane.  I've made  similar  canes before only in different colors.

More from the same cane only round this time.

I was going for another flower cane with the top right but it looks more like a cross. I had scraps from the "cross" cane so I added yellow and made the other two round canes.  I reduced a piece of the larger square cane cut it in 4 pieces and made the smaller square cane.

The "Making new canes from old canes" is almost finished.  Yes indeedy, I should be posting it soon!!

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. The caterpillar necklace is so unique, I have never seen one like it. Very Awesome! I love, love, love your little fish, he is so whimsical and colorful.

  2. Oh wow, those caterpillars are amazing! I like the 'cross' cane, and my very favorite is the fish! Awesome work!

  3. Thanks Sandy. I am going to change the bottom of the caterpillar necklace. Jay suggested a butterfly... sounds good to me.

    Thanks Trina, I am happy with the fish too!

  4. Oh my goodness!!! Those caterpillars are incredible!! I could see two of them as a focal... very cool!! And the FISH!!! Beautiful wire work, so lovely! You are a master at these mixed designs girl!! :)))

  5. Thanks Mary, I'm getting s mixed reaction to the caterpillars some folks love'em other folks hate'em. I love it when that happens!!

  6. I like the caterpillars, so chalk one up on the love side! And I love your k-canes! They are cool looking, totally. Nice works, Ms. BJ. :)
    Hugs, Jackie

  7. Awesome BJ! Those look like real caterpillars! I think they would also make some cool and fun earrings...

  8. Thank you Jackie, now all I have to do is make some beads with those canes!

    Thanks Janie. Good idea, next time I will make matching earrings.