Friday, November 18, 2011

New Coiled Wire Bail for Polymer Clay Tiles

First I am happy to report the little bird was safely rescued. Heather helped me open the BIG window and with very little fanfare we were able to shoo the little guy on his way.  Amazing how much easier it was without the cats in hot pursuit.

Here is a photo of the the birdie perched atop a framed fashion print. (My clay room use to be my sewing room.)

Then he flew over to a basket sitting on top of a cabinet in the corner.  He stayed up there until we got the window open then, with a little coaxing from Heather standing on a chair, he flew down to the open window and made his way to freedom.

Okay here is my New Coiled Wire Bail.  I was thinking about ways I could attach polymer clay tiles to the ball chain when it occurred to me

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First I tried it with 3 polymer clay tiles.

That went well so I tried it with 5 tiles.  This is how it looks before I added the chain.

Now with the chain.

This is the back side... so it will work for reversible tiles too.

I  made these tiles years ago. I always meant to use them on a bracelet but I like the way they look as a necklace.

I made these tiles years ago too.... for a pendant and earrings.... I added a couple tube beads and made a necklace instead.

I wanted to see how the coiled bail would work on oval beads. I got a little carried away with this one.... kept adding beads and doodads.... I'm not crazy about the black beads in the center....  may have to take it apart and start over.  Here it is before the chain.  The color is off, I always have trouble with purple...they look blue, they are not blue, trust me they are purple.

Here is with the chain.

I hope to make a bracelet by using the coiled bails on both sides of the tiles.... I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pendants... lots of Pendants

I have several boxes filled with pendants that I want to list in our Etsy shop. I was going to list them without chains but I found a shop on Etsy that sells inexpensive chains, chokers and organza ribbons that go well with the pendants.  The new owners can use them as is or discard the cords and add their own chains.

I spend Sunday evening putting the pendants on the chains and cords.

I ended up with a box full..... over 50 necklaces so far...

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Here are the ones on the Organza cords. They have cheapy looking lobster claw clasps and extender chains but the cords look nice.  I considered changing the clasps but then thought better of it... the new owners can change them if they want.

These are strung on colorful memory wire chokers with screw type closures. I wish the closures were more attractive but they seem to function okay and the price was right.

.............and the remaining pendants are strung on colored ball chains.

I still have more to go....

but first I have to get another bird out of the house..... right now it is isolated in my clay room.  I am waiting for Heather to come help open the window.... it's a BIG window and I can't open it by myself.  Fortunately I discovered the bird before the cats this time and was able to exile the blood thirsty felines to the upper regions of the house. Needless to say they are not happy!!  I cannot for the life of me figure out how the sneaky little birds keep getting in... tis a mystery!!

Wish me luck.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mixed Media Red & Aqua Necklace and Pendant

One of the Julie P. pendants I made is the focal on this mixed media necklace.  I used red howlite beads, aqua blue magnesite beads, copper and amber wire to complete the necklace. The pendant has circles in the design so I continued the circles on the wire links.

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Close up of the woven wire leaves.

I used rows of red mirco glass balls to out line recessed areas on the pendant. 

A different view of the necklace.  It has a bit of a southwestern look, reminds me of a chard of pottery.

I also made a woven wire pendant with a polymer clay drop in the same colors. 

I have three boxes of unfinished pendants. My goal is to string them ... at least some of them,  before I start a new project.  I found a shop on Etsy that sells inexpensive cords and chains that is suitable for many of them. I hope to get them in our Etsy shop in time for the holiday shopping.

I will take photos tomorrow.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Circles Pin/Pendant

Circles seem to be a favorite design lately so I have been working with circles. The only thing I finished so far is this pin. I used one of the pinbacks with a bail so it can also be worn as a pendant.

I used Pardo Art Clay translucent over Premo.  I used silver leaf on the back side of the translucent and stamped the top with black ink. I then repeated the circles with woven wire and black jade beads.

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Here is how it looked before curing

and here is the finished piece.

different angles

It was hard to get a good photo of the silver leaf effect, the last one shows it best. 

Short and sweet, that is all for today... this is my tv night and I have to gather the pieces I want to sand and "wire up" while I watch my shows.

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