Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rushing for Christmas

These swirlies are easy to make but the right color combination is important to get a nice finish.  However, if you have leftover clays, experimenting can produce a surprising outcome. 

Twirl, twirl, twirl away!

Something for a mother - daughter team, antique look for the mom and a  choker for the daughter.  I created the pendant using blue and purple canes, accented with black filigree balls assembled on a black chain. 
A three-cube combo also using the same canes was used on the choker, strung on a light blue chord.  I included a tiny dragonfly trinket attached to the endings.  It dangles from the back.  Cute!

"I go crazy with fuchsia pink lately!" exclaimed the recipient of this necklace, who is also a dear friend.  But how do I combine fuchsia with other colors to make it elegant?  Well this is the result, fuchsia pink combined with black polymer clay covered with gold leaf and twirled away.  Didn't I tell you earlier that you can do hundreds of combinations using this technique? 

Another challenge is how to assemble the whole necklace together.  Chain makes the entire ensemble chunky.  A single chord doesn't give the right balance. 

So, I took a single black chord looped it through one end of a toggle clasp making a double-chord finish.  I love it! 

Finally, I was able to sleep afterwards.

Need an accent for your outfit while clicking away with your camera?  Even if you are not taking photographs, this necklace is a good companion.  I enjoyed making it!  Especially while adding the tiny details.  I'm an amateur photographer as well, so this piece is a favorite!

"Nota"  Imprints of musical notes and clefs on pastel colored clays molded into different shapes.  The chord used for this necklace is about 30 inches long that is simply ribboned to enclose.  This gives the wearer an option to adjust the length of the necklace.
It could also be worn in reverse!  Neat huh?

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