Tuesday, February 16, 2010



This is the necklace I've been working on since I took the Tory Hughes class two weeks ago.  I wasn't able to finish it right away because I had to finish the buttons for our clay guild's exchange this Saturday.

We took two classes from Tory.  One was called mixed media and the other one was hinges.  This necklace was made with mostly Premo clay.  I textured the front and back and then antiqued it with acrylic paint after it baked.  The necklace is made of deep brown chips and small pieces of turquoise.  The toggle is a beautiful antique copper piece that I found at a bead store.  The top hinge was made from 20 gauge copper wire that I bought from A Beaded Affair http://www.abeadedaffair.com/.  She sells beautiful copper wire and has an Etsy page also http://www.etsy.com/shop/abeadedaffair.  I love this wire and won't use any other copper wire.  I got spoiled.  The bottom pieces are 18 gauge copper wire (also from A Beaded Affair).

This is the back of necklace.  I guess I could wear it either way.

As you can see on the top, it leans down to an angle.  I wasn't sure how I was going to do this so it would hang straight so I used the 16 gauge copper wire and made eye pins and attached them to the piece and put the chips going between the eye pins.  The single turquoise piece on the bottoms swings freely which I really like.

I'm still working in my dining room because of the flood in my studio and the new window won't be in till the 24th of February so, I guess I'll be here at least another two weeks by the time everything is done.  I guess I should be thankful.  It could have been a lot worse, at least I can still do clay and my 18 year old cat Booboo is sleeping right here next to me.  He got a blanket in the mail from Humane Society of the United States and he loves it.  He sure snores loud though.


A Beaded Affair said...

OH my, what an outstanding piece and such beautiful pictures of it. Just simply stunning. You truly are an artist. Thanks too for the plug!! I always love seeing what becomes of the copper and you certainly have done it justice.

May I add one of the pics to the A Beaded Affair gallery?


miramecreations said...

I agree...what a stunning necklace. I love the pendant, Bonnie! Bring it to the guild on Saturday...I want to see it up close. You did a fabulous job on it!

Kathy said...

WOW!!!! I love that!! I also really love the free swinging turquoise bead. Man, I wish I was coming this Saturday so I could see it up close, too!

Melobeau said...

WOW, what an incredible and intricate piece of work. I think it would be at home in any high-end gallery. I do love the free-standing piece of turquoise. It add just the perfect final touch. Your photography captures it so beautifully. So sorry to read that you got caught in the flood and hope that things are back to normal for you soon. Booboo looks like he's a very loving ad calming influence! Is he one of your muses and does he contribute that final piece of cat hair that's a personal signature to each piece?

Rose said...

This is an amazing peice. I wish you would put pictures of the earrings that go with it. Me encanta tu polymer es un arte.
Tu amiga de siempre