Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall - Flowing & Floating

I've been having so much fun! This all started out as a fall flower cane - at least that's what I had intended...I loved the colors I was mixing, and began playing around with them. This "flowing" background developed as a result. The background seemed to be begging for little floating flowers, so I had to oblige. The round and oval pieces are pendants.

I plan to turn some of the rectangles into pins, or pin/pendant combinations. Not completely decided on that one. What do you think?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall Leaves...

I love leaves. I love their shapes, their textures, and their colors - especially the colors they wear in fall. Recently, I ran across some leaf pins made several years ago by Mike Buesseler, and decided to create my own version.

These pieces are such fun to make! I used Skinner blends to form the base. Real leaves were impressed into the background using a roller. I used various types of texture devices to secure the edges of the leaf. The texture was also used to add interest to the rest of the background. I used Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments to add color and shine to the background. The leaf was then removed, and the resulting tile was placed on a complimentary background. The photo shows some pendants I've made with matching bails.

I also made some changeable pin/pendants. The finding on the back has both a bail for a chain and a pin backing so the wearer can decide which style works best. Don't you just love versatility?!