Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mixed Media Cardinal Brooch

I finished the Cardinal...

I was going to back him with the flower cane that I posted last time but the center of the flower was a problem, he looked like he had eyes on his body.... I should have taken a photo... but I didn't.  Oh well.  I also made more pendants in the same colors.

Click on the photos for a closer look.

Instead of the flower cane I used a jellyroll cane on a kinda plaid background.... here's a close up

Though you might like to see how I did the back. 

I had fun playing with the flower cane and some scraps from a Skinner blend cane.  I made pendants and a couple beads.

I have lots of odds and ends beads. I was sorting through a box.... here are a few I like.  Do you have a stash of orphan beads?  Hummm..... maybe one of these days we should have an orphan bead swap.

Okay, that's it for today, mainly I wanted to show you the cardinal. Hope my friend likes him.  Shhhhhh, It's a surprise... no one tell her.... okay?

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Love the little cardinal - and the back is finished so nicely too! Sure your friend will be delighted

    Funny as I was looking at your other bits - I was thinking I wonder what she'll do with those - they look like the bits I make and then they sit around on my bench for ages and end up in my big box of stuff I don't know what to do with! Lol. I have a clay day with some other local PC addicts and I think I am going to do a swap your junk and odd bits session one day soon. My old junkie beads will be someone elses treasure!

    I wouldn't want to use a lot of things from my earlier days as I don't like them any more but they are too good to waste!

    1. Hi Cara Jane, Thanks for the nice compliment on my red bird.

      I put together groups of polymer clay odds and ends and sell them on Etsy, so far I've sold quite a few. I also have lots of wire dodads laying around .... I might try selling wire assortments too.

      Like you I look back at some of my early stuff and I can't believe I actually thought it was pretty neat.... especially the Natasha beads and the swirlie beads... yikes.

  2. I think your cardinal bird is a work of art. He's totally perfect from bottom to top and back to front! Lucky recipient, indeed. I also like the other pieces you made from the Skinner blend. The colors go together so well. You've got quite a bits and pieces collection of lovely orphan beads. Maybe donate to Beads of Courage?