Monday, March 14, 2011

More Raku - Pendants

This one sold already
This sold already
I call this Hawaiian Flowers

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Raku Buttons

We finally had a warm day yesterday in central OH.  Warm enough to raku!  I discovered this winter that cold temps dull the glaze colors, just in the short trip from the raku kiln to the smoking pot.

Here are some beautiful buttons that I glazed and raku fired yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

2nd Give Away Post

Tesori Trovati (Erin) has been selected as the winner of my second drawing.

I really got elaborate on this one!
Leave a comment below for the 2nd give away drawing.  Win a $25 gift certificate to my Etsy store.  Good Luck..don't forget 25% off my store til tomorrow morning, discount code BOCMAR1.

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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Ok, I wrote everyone's name down on 2 sheets of paper, cut the paper into little squares, and chose a name.

And the lucky winner is....Cerena Leigh!

As a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered...and as my discount offer for the BOC Open Studio Tour: I am offering 25% off my entire Etsy store from now until Monday morning, March 7.  Please use coupon code BOCMAR1 at check out to receive the discount.

And please take note.....there is another give away this Sunday, March 6 from 1 to 4!  I will be giving away 2 $25 gift certificates to my Etsy store during the Beads of Clay Open Studio Tour.  All studios in the tour will be offering discounts and give aways, and there is one big giveaway at the BOC blog,  Hope to hear from you on Sunday, I will be blogging live.