Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Jewelry Art

I promised to show you what I have been working on, so here goes. This first piece is a white faux marble set. It is accented with sterling silver beads and the donut is wrapped with silver wire. I have always been a fan of matching jewelry so I went all out on this. It looks really good with my black and white checked blouse.

This next piece is probably one of the most exciting things I have worked on lately. I have been working with polymer clay for over ten years, and I just found out that if you finish up a polymer piece with liquid polymer and heat it with the embossing gun, you get a great gloss. It took me several tries to get the hang of it, but I am quite happy with the results. The leaves were cut from translucent Sculpey with an ordinary cookie cutter and baked, they were then colored with alcohol markers and sprayed with plain alcohol to get the blended/mottled effect. I accented the beads with the gold leafing pen and I finished it up with gold wire (the good stuff) bent into shapes and even made my jump rings, so they would match.

This piece looks so much better on, it is one of my new favorite pieces.

One fun thing to mention..., I finally found the time to sit in on one of Susan Carlin's online painting demos and it was very interesting. She is able to talk while she paints, and we were able to type in questions and such. It really was a treat. I look forward to doing this again.

I may be quiet for several days next week. My DH is having a fairly complicated dental procedure done Wednesday. He has to have a bone graft done in preparation for a dental implant. He has had this done before and knows how invasive it is. Needless to say, he is not looking forward to it. The upside is that our dentist is wonderful and she even calls in a prescription for him to take the night before. This drug has a special side effect - amnesia. That's right, he won't remember anything about the procedure. Having to recover from this is difficult enough, but he is a strong guy and will be ok.

I am sure I will be checking in on all my bloggie friends, in between fixing mashed potatoes and gravy and scrambled eggs. So think about us on Wednesday and I'll be sure to keep you posted.


sashibala said...

WONDERFUL jewelry pieces! I used to make faux antique jewelry out of clay... I think I may need to make something again after seeing your beautiful pices. ;)

Chris said...

Gorgeous! I'm in love with the leaves! Hope all goes well with your hubby's dental work.

Linda said...

G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. Both sets are lovely but I especially adore the leaves. Stunning!

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Oh my, your poor hubby, I have had so major dental work this summer too, but not that invasive. Hope all goes well for him.

I love the necklace with the leaves, so pretty & creative.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I'll be thinking about your hubby tomorrow!
Your jewelry is exquisite! I LOVE it all! What talent!

Tricia said...

wow! i love both pieces of jewelry---the one with the leaves left my jaw dropped though. it is gorgeous. well, they both are. the way you colored the leaves with the alcohol inks is great----very inspiring!
wishes to your dh for a speedy recovery---he's so lucky to have such a sweet nurse caring for him! :)


suze said...

My DH is also going thru dental hell. it's going on three years and he is not finished yet.
Great the leaves.

Funky Art Queen said...

Oh i love these leaves. I'm excited about trying that technique someday. I'm fixing to dive into PMC-have you heard of that? It is precious metal clay. I am ready for a new media.
Hugs and as always, I am glad you visit my blog from time to time. Your words of wisdom always help. Hugs