Monday, September 19, 2016

Scrappie Cats

Maxine Manges gave me some 710 clay scraps which I blended
with some of my 40 Miller clay to make these cat faces.

I drew the faces with black wax resist then used
numerous glazes to accent the clay body colors.

They will become either necklace pendants
or Holiday ornaments but only time will tell.

Leaf Me Be ScrapBach Trays

The tray top view and below, the underside. The leaf images
were created with black wax resist and multiple glazes.

Tray II - Top view and underneath.

Tray III - Top view and underneath.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Myrle's African Trade Necklace

Myrle Borine generously shared some of her
African Trade Beads with me, so I used some in this necklace.
The necklace is two piece with Mykonos fish and hooks
attaching the back chain to the front bead collection.

In addition to African trades, there is a burl gnarl, hand formed
ceramic clay beads and glass handmade beads.
I used copper wire to form the connections between all...

The three latest fun to wear necklaces...

Earthenware Pod Necklace

A Fish Hook Closure with Mykonos hangie dingles in oxidized copper.

The beads themselves were hand formed and individually strung
on short pieces of leather cord...

Monday, September 5, 2016

More Vintage Vamps with Earrings

These earrings are all clay components with the exception
of the Mykonos spacers, copper wire & ear wires.

These earrings have Gardanne enameled bead caps topping
a pair of black onyx round beads also with Mykonos spacers.
The top stacked disc beads are stoneware clay.

Clay discs, copper hanging leaves for Autumn and
copper findings The ear wires are Niobium.

Two glazed clay blob beads and two pairs of
clay discs are accented with copper findings
and hypo-allergenic Niobium ear wires.

Ceramic stoneware slabs and round discs
fitted with nichrome wire before being fired
and complemented with Guilders paste &
Renaissance wax afterwards to accent the texture.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

All Kinds of Beads!

This is the time of year I get a long break from teaching
and can spend the time collecting found objects and 
beads from other artists to use in future clay-to-wear projects.

Most single beads (if not strung together) have to be wired
so they can be connected one to the other. 
Even the connections can be more than a jump ring;
take a look at the copper spring connectors!