Archive for January, 2011

More Seal of Rassilon Pendants

January 31, 2011

… just to try out the new colours (and because they were fun!). The red is brighter and more pink than I thought, but I rather like the metallic blue. And a new green one (non-metallic), because the other one had an error I didn’t notice before. Still not sure I’m satisfied with this one, now the shape is a little off…


Mica Shift Heart Pendant

January 30, 2011

Well, I mentioned wanting to make another heart pendant that isn’t red – here’s one. I tried to do a mica shift version of the Seal of Rassilon, but I guess the pattern was a little too complicated and not deep enough. Part of the design worked OK anyway, so I made it into this pendant instead. The surface is smooth, just that slight shimmery swirl inside. That dark grey mica clay was new at my local hardware store, as was a dark blue and wine red variant – I’m not sure if it’s just new to that shop or a whole new brand, but I am really curious to try  those colours next (both for more hearts like this, and for further Seal of Rassilon pendants). And then I will have to see what  I want to turn this into, still no idea.

Monthly Challenge January 2011

January 29, 2011

This was the inspiration painting:


The colour scheme, according to the generator, would have been:


Here’s the finished necklace. Obviously, I didn’t use all those colours and concentrated more on the name. As expected, I had a lot of trouble attaching the leather ribbon, but I think it might work this way.

Dr. Who Seal of Rassilon Pendant

January 27, 2011

Seriously – I would never have chosen to try doing this design in polymer clay, myself. Pretty, no doubt, but way too complicated. But I got asked to do it, and I said I would try. And I did. The first time, it went completely wrong.

Now I tried again, and here we go – the Seal of Rassilon, from the TV series Dr. Who. I’m rather proud of myself, so I hope she likes it, too. The green version was the commission, the silver one is for myself.

And now I got started watching Dr. Who. Well, thank you. Just what I needed, another series addiction…

Bead Table Wednesday

January 26, 2011

It’s Bead Table Wednesday again. Time flies.

So here’s what I’m working on today (actually it’s been lying on my worktable like this for about a week). It is meant to become a necklace for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge. All ready to be assembled, at least, if it works out as planned. I rarely use leather band, so this project is a little intimidating for me, but this blue strand represents the flowing river so well, it just has to go into this design.

I’m using two different designs of Art Bead this time, also unusual for me. Both are made by me – an ocean wave bead and two metal core discs. Plus some dyed gemstone rounds and seed beads. Not as colourful as the inspiration painting, but I’m no good with too many colours, so I limited myself to these two, rather than producing a jumble that will hurt everyone’s eyes.

Product Photography Troubles

January 25, 2011

It’s really not easy to get a variety of good pictures done for any piece of jewelry I might want to sell. One whole shot that really shows everything, one *good* macro shot of a focal, one with a size comparison, one with props (not that I have many), and one of the piece being worn. The latter is especially annoying for earrings, as I don’t have pierced ears and can’t model them on myself. I need an earring model!

And then there’s the lighting. I know that it’s best to take shots in daylight, without a flash. It’s just that my room has practically no daylight, at least not at a time of day when I’m home. So all of my photos get done with flash, and it shows. I once tried a lightbox, but it was totally oversized for jewelry and didn’t really make any difference whatsoever, so I sent it back. I’m afraid I’m too clumsy to make my own.

So then I got a pair of slave flashes for my birthday (Traumflieger) – you probably won’t believe it, but when they arrived, the batteries didn’t fit. I sent them back, and they made them fit with brute force. They now work and help a lot with reducing the shadows, but seriously – as long as stuff doesn’t get made on Mars, I’d expect the batteries to fit. Not too much to ask, right?

And they can’t do magic either. For example, this hand you can see in the pictures above I also got from my boyfriend for my last birthday, and I’m totally in love with it. Unfortunately,  it’s rather impossible to take a good photo of it, without any irritating hard shadows. Any tips you might have to share would be appreciated. A lot.

Fall Colours in Spring?

January 24, 2011

I just realized that I didn’t even show one of my favourite bracelets yet – it’s a little out of date, seeing that it was inspired by the pantone colours for Fall 2010 – and now Spring 2011 is up already!

But, colour inspiration is never out of date, right? So go check out these inspiring posts by Heather Powers:

Art Bead Scene: Fall Color Inspiration

Humblebeads: Fall Color


This is the palette I came up with, using her worksheet:

And this is the result:


Now, to get you (and me) started for spring, here are some recent colour inspiration posts that are more up to date:

Art Bead Scene: Color of the Year – Honeysuckle

Art Bead Scene: Trends and News

Stone and Wood

January 23, 2011

There were a lot of things I wanted to do today, but I’m not feeling well and so I didn’t get any of them done :/

Consequently, I have nothing new to show you, so this is something a little older – I made the bracelet as a christmas present, so I couldn’t show it before. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I took of this piece.

Tortoise Necklace

January 22, 2011

I now added a simple seed bead string to the enamel tortoise, and I’m very happy with the result – playful and kind of cute. And, as you can probably tell by the photo, I finally got my Photoshop back – a few simple adjustments and a nice frame make all the difference! Now I need to go and work on the other pictures…

Love Ya?

January 21, 2011

This kind of matches today’s post on Art Bead Scene, but that’s just a coincidence. Even the fact that Valentines Day is getting closer is a coincidence. Actually, what inspired this necklace was a post on Humblebeads Blog a while back – Creative Jump Starts. The first of which was to pick something that has been in your stash forever and use it now.

I went through those focal beads and pendants that were experiments, made just once and then forgotten about, and found this heart pendant. It’s textured polymer clay enhanced with silverdust and inlaid with a slightly translucent and glittering polymer clay heart. I matched it with hematite hourglasses and some red glass for a really simple but pretty necklace.

Now, the third “jump start” would be to create a heart pendant, lol. But I just used one – doesn’t that count? No? OK, maybe I’ll create a new one tomorrow. I might even use a different colour than boring old red, as Heather so cleverly suggested today on ABS.