Today is the last Friday of the month, which means it’s the Artisan Clay Design Team reveal day! (Please check Kristie’s blog for the other participants – I too cannot figure out that in link thingy). As usual, I waited until the last minute to make my piece. It wasn’t all my fault – the first piece Kristie sent me got lost in the mail so she had to send me another one. I chose this gorgeous turquoise/green/cobalt piece – it’s one of her made-to-order items made with recycled glass. I was a little stumped at first – I know it had to be the focal, with very little to take away from it. I wanted to make a bail out of seed beads, but I just didn’t have the right color mix. So I took my 18 gauge copper wire and made my own. I’m pretty proud of it, I must say! I made the toggle as well. I am just getting into wirework so it may take a bit of time to perfect my skills, but I’m happy with the results. I (finally) used some of my own lampwork beads in the piece, and paired them with some pretty filigree bead caps. They are joined by shiny copper jump rings.
I originally was going to finish it with two rows of seed beads at the top, but again, didn’t really have the right mix. I was looking around my beadroom and voila! I saw this pretty ribbon that I received from someone as a gift (some generous person on etsy) with purchase. I haven’t used ribbon in any of my designs before, but remembered seeing others who did, and what their connections looked like and tried it myself! I’m happy!
Thanks Kristie for a great piece to work with! Visit her store to see more of her work!