Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sweet and Simple

I taught a workshop recently on making striped Skinner blend translucent stacks.  As part of the demonstration, I made a stack and then fashioned a simple bead from thin slices of the stack laid over pearl polymer.  When I got home, I played with the bead a bit, reforming it, and wondered what I might be able to do with it. Looking at my worktable, I spied a baggie of pearls, and knew what I would do. This sweet and simple little necklace is the result.  The pearls are semi-imbedded into the polymer before baking. Then, I varnished the bead as well as the pearls around it, to ensure they are firmly sealed.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

More Stripes

I've been working with striped stacks lately and thought I'd share a couple of pieces here.  I started using the stripes in earrings. The photo shows 3 different designs.  The long bead earrings and the rolled and curved earrings on the right are from the same striped stack. Rolling pieces from the striped cane changes the relationship of the stripes.  The pair in the lower left corner are from a different striped stack.

The pendants to the left are also made from the same striped stack.  I think it's interesting that simply cutting and rearranging the striped pieces changes the way light bounces off the stripes so they almost do not look like the same base.

I'll be experimenting a bit more, and will be back to share other ideas.