Saturday, January 26, 2013

Designers, add your own touches to these pendants

If you are familiar with my work, you will have noticed that I often make pendants that aren't necessarily "finished" and benefit from further embellishment from jewelry designers.  These two new pendants fall into that category.  

First are these Mardi Gras masks.  I made them at the suggestion of the very talented Traci Zeller of Downtown Glam.  Can you see all those holes running top to bottom through the pendants?  It will be a thrill to see what she and other designers will do with these.  I'm imagining feathers, sparkles and other overall fanciness.

Next up are these Pocket Hearts.  Each heart has a hidden pocket in the back.  A pocket for you to add a love note or a secret message.  Maybe you could tuck in a sweetheart picture or picture of a wish.  It's up to you.

You don't need to share the secret you put back there, but I'm all ears if you want to share!

Pendants to make you and me reminisce

The back is smooth and the open windows allow for pictures to be adhered to the back of the pendant.  I have adhered pictures of my three kids onto the back of the school bus. It has been quite a while since they were all on a bus, so it is good memories.  I'm now trying to decide whether to make this into a necklace or an ornament.  

Look what the lovely ladies at Ornamentea did with theirs.  Maybe I should make one with me and James Taylor riding to the Inauguration.  We are both from North Carolina you know, so, it could happen.  

With this kiln run came some lovely flower power pendants.  These are a good example of the same glaze on two different colored clays.   One of my favorite glazes - called Patina.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Did someone say Hearts!?!

Did someone say "Hearts"? Here are some new designs and some old friends. 

Upper left: new 2 part Friendship Hearts - I left the cut edge unglazed to emphasize that they are two pieces of one heart. Share one side with a friend, or use them both in a pair of earrings.

Lower left: new heart charms - many have identical twins and are easy to use in earrings, while others would make happy mismatched earrings. Also great for a lightweight necklace.

Upper right: pierced hearts, drilled with a horizontal stringing hole. (Some colors available online)

Middle right: these are all glazed on both sides with various hole placements

Lower right: sweet hearts glazed on one side only.

This is just a sampling of what is available on Ornamentea's store shelves. Come by and take a closer look at everything. If you can't make it to Raleigh, give them a call and they will be glad to ship to you.  919.834.6260