Sunday, March 6, 2011

BOC Open Studio Tour

My first winner is Lorelei Eurto.  Lorelei you have a $25 gift certificate in my Etsy store.  Choose what you want, don't pay.  Congrats! 
 
Hi, welcome! to the Beads of Clay 3rd Annual Open Studio Tour. I will be showing some pics of finished jewelry using my clay beads and pendants. Start leaving comments on my post at 1:00 to be entered in the 1st drawing at 1:45.  Drawing at 2:15. The prize is a $25 gift cert to my Etsy store.
Also, use discount code BOCMAR1 in my store until tomorrow morning to receive 25% off your total purchase.

Click on the Open Studio Tour Logo to the right to go back to the main page.

These photos show one of my dragonfly beads, with free form wire wrapping to create a pendant.  The instructor turned me on to the wire, it is a square coated wire, non-tarnish and affordable, ($2.75 for 5 feet), dead soft 21 gauge, Para wire. I strung the necklace with tiny metallic Delica seed beads.  I tried larger beads and felt that they detracted from the focal; I wanted something complimentary but simple.  There are 2 strands of delicas, one shorter than the other.



 

I've been downstairs working.  How versatile is wire?  Here I have used it to wire wrap
a donut and turn it into a pendant.  I used a small wooden donut
in the center, threaded wire through a bead and dropped it in the center.

I took a wire class last week at at a LBS, Gahanna Bead Studio. I made this wire wrapped black onyx cab.  This is a jumping off point to creating lots of wire wrapped focals.  The class lasted 2 hours, but I was able to make another one when I got home in about 10 min.

Here's another idea.  Use wire to make a fancy bail. 
 I wrapped
and twisted the wire around a bird charm.

What an inexpensive way to make a pendant. Wrapped
with antique bronze square wire.


21 comments:

Birgit said...

I already know I'll have a hard time choosing from your lovely creations in case I should win, BUT that doesn't keep me from entering this great giveaway :-)) !

danaan at gmx dot at

Birgit said...

Alright, now I'm confused about the time zones, as it says on my first post that it's 10:04 ...

Rosalynn said...

I love how you used the square wire to wrap your pendant, but kept it simple so that you didn't detract from the pendant. I thoroughly enjoy these BOC blog hops. It's is such fun to find out more about the artists or what new things they are working on. Thanks for sharing your art.

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio said...

Love your work (glad to see the inlinkz is working better for you this time!). Your glaze color palette is stunning!

Artisan Clay said...

I love how you added leaves to your dragonfly... Very spring-like

Janet said...

I LOVE your work & was happy to stumble upon your shop in Etsyland. I've made 2 necklaces using your beuatiful gingko leaves & earrings using those rustic green beads you have in your shop. So nice to met you!

Janet said...

I LOVE your work & was happy to stumble upon your shop in Etsyland. I've made 2 necklaces using your beuatiful gingko leaves & earrings using those rustic green beads you have in your shop. So nice to met you!

maneki said...

I just found my way to your Etsy store and there was so much lovely eye candy. Having a chance to win a gift certificate would be fab!

Very nice wire-wrapped pendants. I especially like the freeform one that has such nice feeling of spring.

(And, yes, time zones can be confusing for us not in the US. So I think it's past 1 PM but before 1:45 where you are. *sits and counts on fingers*)

MaCarroll Beads said...

Love you work! I will have to come back and read a little closer next time... I'm interested to know more about the wire.... It looks fabulous!

rockcreekcreations said...

Love your wire wrapping. Isn't it fun when you are able to do something in 10 minutes that just took you 2 hours!

Nice dragonfly beads!!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Awesome wire-working!

gbkoru said...

Love your work! You've done an amazing job wire wrapping those pendants!

Erin S said...

would love to win some of your beautiful beads!
Erin S
eastrother1@gmail.com

Linda said...

Its hard to know what time to leave a comment, with the time zones, but I must say that I love your wire wrapping. Wish I could have taken that class! I have 2 of your pendants sitting on my work table right now--but they'd love some more company!

Julianna Cannon said...

What a beautiful collection of work~ your clay pieces are among my favs as well.

Count me in!

Juls

The Clay Chick said...

beautiful! i especially love the pendant with the wind-blown tree

Gerry said...

Your work is just as wonderful as are your pieces.

Copper Diem said...

love that dragonfly one!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful glazes! You make some really gorgeous stuff.

Norma's Clay said...

I'm late but wanted to say those pendants are really beautiful.

Yolanda M. said...

Love your pieces! And I love the results you get with your linocut textures and designs, and ultimately made gorgeous with the fabulous glazing you do!