I have been busy experimenting with new jewellery techniques and also trying to complete a piece which has been quite complicated. Above is my first ever memory wire bracelet, made using opal chips, labradorite rondelles, silver pearls and peacock pearls. I made it as a surprise for my sister's birthday, as her birthstone is opal. I hope she likes it. I really enjoyed the process of threading the chips onto the wire - time consuming but quite therapeutic.
My latest polymer clay book was this one by Debbie Bulford (who is the polymer clay expert on jewellerymaker.) I was very taken with this design on the front and was pretty sure I could make my own version of it. I had two attempts, one using translucent clay, which was suggested in the book, but I thought the colour mix was too brown. I tried again and lightened the colours, but I still wasn't happy. So, not to be defeated, the third attempt used pearl clay instead of translucent and I was happy with the result!
Here's my version of the tassel pendant, using polymer clay and amazonite, with a wooden doughnut bead at the top. I altered the main bead design to make it my own and the colours are brighter than Debbie's design.
Here's now it will look as a necklace - I am really pleased with it.
Here are two pendants I made for myself using the simple flower cane design (again from Debbie's book), but with centres in colours to co-ordinate with my work clothes.
I like the geometric pattern and the shine that the pearl clay gives to the 'petals'. I think it is simple, but effective.