Friday, September 10, 2010

A few Pearls and Aquamarines

Before I crawl back into bed I want to share a few pictures of pieces I made, in preparation for the first Art Walk&Sale in Nov. I have been battling a migraine for a good day and a half. and I'm not especially a happy camper. I really have way to many projects I want to do, and resent having to postpone them for a stupid headache. But since what I want doesn't seem to carry much weight here, I guess I'll redirect my energy to subduing the beast by morning.

I created a long and short necklace with aquamarine and pearls, with the idea that they could be worn together or independently.
 For the  focal on the short one I hung a vintage chandelier crystal with a mermaid transfer. What self respecting mermaid doesn't love wearing pearls and beautiful stones the color of sunlight on water? I ask ya??
Up until this last transfer I just haven't been happy with the way they have been turning out, with the medium I have to work with. But this time I printed on light wt. card stock and set it on the photo on paper setting. Both of them seem to help. I ended up with a fairly clear transfer with very little paper residue left and a very legible image.
For the clasp I made a silver hook for a vintage pearl and rhinestone earring.
For the long necklace I used a bit of large silver link chain and a much smaller link chain. Along side a string of tiny pearls and an aquamarine or two. 
For the focal I used a large blister pearl piece. I created the bail from a polymer replica of a Victorian hand pin. And I'm really excited the way it turned out. First I really can't seem to get excited about anything polymer clay. I hate the way it feels and it's texture. It always looks like those old salt clay ornaments of the "80s" EEUU! But my little blog sister Laurie had sent me a block of white to play with. I have a crude copy of a hand from a mourning pin. I also have a pewter cast hand from Lynn Davis. So between the two I cobbled together a "hand" with the polymer clay. Then I spent hours sanding and buffing until the clay looked and felt like ivory. Added a bit of my patina magic (kiwi shoe wax) buffed some more and waa laa an ivory Victorian  mourning hand! :)
I  made a simple loop closure with seed pearls
I made this one long enough to double so it can also be worn short. Gives it a bit of versatility.
Yeah I know the picture is a poor excuse but it's been a real challenge to find enough sunlight to take a picture. So when it does show up you better get the photo then cuz no telling when it'll be back. :(
I created 2 pairs of earrings with pearls and aquamarine. They'll go with the necklaces for those ladies that need the matching earrings for their necklaces. But they would be quite perfect all by themselves.
The third pair is tourmaline and stick kyanite.
It's back to bed for me I think. I have big art making plans tomorrow and this headache is not invited!!! Have an audacious art filled day no matter where in the world you are   p;)


Charmingdesigns said...

Look at you go!! Girl, you are on a roll, these are fabulous!!! Thanks for the mention...your hand is great!!

stregata said...

Wonderful, Pattie! The transfer turned out beautifully, the hand is amazing. Great work!!
Wishing you well and that migraine away. They are soooo awful!

Nancy said...

Pattie, I love your necklaces and I hope you feel better soon! I used to get knocked down by migraines regularly until I cut out all aspartame (the sweetener) out of my life. No more gum, tic tacs, or diet coke, but I haven't had a migraine in years. Take care

sharon said...

Thank you for visiting Patti! Your creations are really gorgeous, the transfer is awesome! What a beauty!

Sending you good karma and spirit to lift that headache.

Cindy said...

Pattie, what a stunning piece!! I just love long necklaces..and this one is beautiful and keeps on going...right down to that inventive vintage clasp! They'll love this one at the Art Walk!

Drömmen om Villa Grönskog said...

Thank you for visiting my blog,and so nice to find yours.
What beautiful thing you make.Lovely necklaces,but i love your `vestitas´.They are all so beautiful.
I´ll be back soon.

LuLu Kellogg said...

I hope you will feel better BS!

I love how this necklace turned out....beautiful!!


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