Archive for February, 2011

Hidden Magic

February 20, 2011

I just felt like showing a few progress pictures on my latest bunch of pendants (I still have some of these colours left, so there will be more eventually).

These are the colours I used – I’m sorry for the bad picture quality, but the flash would have ruined the colours. Dark green, teal and light purple are mixed, the rest is straight from the package:

These were supposed to be skinner blend bullseye canes, but as you can see I didn’t really work carefully on those. Doesn’t matter, I still got different shades of colour, right?

Now the combined cane (already quite pretty, isn’t it?):

The stamped plate of clay – I finally got two texture stamps from Lisa Pavelka, and I *love* them:

After shaving off some clay:

And these are the final results:


Monthly Challenge February

February 19, 2011

This month‘s lovely inspiration painting is John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”:


As I believe I’ve said before, the colour palette really gave me headaches:


It’s so… soft. Sweet. Girly. Romantic. And I just don’t have a hand for that stuff. But, I had to try. So I got some pinks and purples and a nice dark green, and sat down to make some “hidden magic”.  It was my first serious attempt at this technique, so the results are OK, I guess. First I made the pendant that I showed you yesterday, then some connectors to pick up the green – I like the somewhat leafy appearance of those. I went for a look that’s both romantic and modern, therefore the design is asymmetrical. The stacked papillon seed beads make me think of a panicle, maybe lilac.

Scrapbooking Supplies in Jewelry

February 18, 2011

When I found these on a catalogue for craft supplies recently, I immediately saw them in a pendant. Something like a pendulum, with this at the bottom as the final touch. Don’t ask me why. They are really metal picture corners for Scrapbooking, but I got a set of them anyway. And now I tried out my idea… here comes the first pendant:

The polymer clay part is done in that mokume gane stamping technique often called “Hidden Magic”. Fairly simple, but time-consuming, and I’m not exactly the most patient person, so it’s really a rather sloppy work (the textured surface is intentional, though). And it makes a huge mess – the clay got everywhere. On the table, on my hands, in the stamps, in the pasta machine… if only I had a craft room 😦

New Beads

February 6, 2011

I bought some new beads again. Some kind of dyed matrix gemstone… I had intended to buy just some chain and findings, but I couldn’t leave them, it’s so rare to find gemstone beads around here, especially in more unusual shapes. I also love that chain, it’s large but light-weight, perfect for a bracelet.

Besides this, no more news here. I’m struggling with the colours of the monthly challenge, it’s not my thing (though the inspiration painting is beautiful). But we shall see…