Today's the day! The day for the Artisan Clay Design Team to reveal their creations. Kristie Roeder, of Artisan Clay, put together a design team. She sends a piece that she made each month, and we have a ridiculous amount of time to put together a wonderful creation using her wonderful creation! Of course, I waited until yesterday to actually put mine together. I've had it in my head for weeks. I made the beads I used weeks ago. I've even sold some of the same beads I made to put this little darling together! But as usual, I waited until last minute. Sometimes I think it works better for me that way.So, ta daaaah! Here's my finished piece. I really like it. The connector component was what I picked from Kristie. It's really beautiful! I may have mentioned before that we get about three days of sun here in the 'burgh so it's really hard for me to get good photos. (Unless I get out the light box I have, which I really despise using...). Today the sun cooperated a bit so I took these outside - ignore any little buggies you see in the photos.
I used gunmetal chain - this necklace is long enough to slip over my neck, no need for a clasp. I also used some connectors I had asked Rocki of Rocki's Supplies on etsy to make me a really long time ago.
Closeup of Kristie's connector piece. It has those peacocky-oil slick colors in it and is actually textured on both sides. I chose to use this side because I had the lampwork bead design in my head the minute I received her piece!
I used metallic black glass, which is flashed in the flame, to get the peacock-oil slick colors on these beads. I used my magic wand to created the dents in the beads to match Kristie's connector. I also used some African trade beads I received from The Bead Chest to complement some of the colors, and some old silver trade beads I had laying around that are somewhat oxidized.
I had to mess with the design for quite a while. Sometimes what's in your head just won't translate into a piece of jewelry, no matter how hard you try! It can be worn with all the interest right in front, but I like to wear it asymmetrically, with the three beads in the front and the focal of Kristie's up the side. I'm very happy with this piece, and will definitely wear it! See what all the other participants made by visiting their blogs!
The other Design Team members are:
Carol Dean Sharpe
Staci Louise Smith