Studio Wednesday

It worked! Here are the earrings that I used the epoxy on. After setting for 24 hours, the wire is holding solidly in the polymer clay. Sometimes I think that I have the tendency to get too complicated with my designs so I didn’t add any beads to these earrings. I just wanted a simple design of mokume gane and silver wire. I experimented with just a simple loop and a free-form wrapped loop.

Which do you like better?

I also picked up my May beaded journal page today and started beading again. I’ve been involved in working on other projects lately and, after a year of working on my pages, I feel that I am also reluctant to let the project go and be finished. So, I put it aside for awhile but it’s now time to get it finished and put together. I have set a goal to at least be finished with all of my pages by the time the 2008-09 BJP starts September 1st. Once my pages are complete, the next step is to put them all together into a wall hanging. I would like to sew 4 pages to a backing, the pages lined up one on top of another with some sort of strapping sandwiched between the pages and the backing. Then I will hang the 3 separate pieces of 4 pages from a dowel. By having the 3 separate pieces not sewed to one another, this will give me the freedom to rearrange them according to my mood or the season.

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17 comments on “Studio Wednesday

  1. Kathi says:

    I like the ones with the freeform wrap on them best. They are all wonderful though.

  2. Frivolitea says:

    I like the wire wrapped ones the best, but I bet there would be some people out there who would prefer the more simple ones. They are terrific!

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Kathi, I like them the best, too.

  4. Steph W says:

    Those are great!

  5. dorasexplorations says:

    They all turned out beautifully, Karen ! I do like the wire wrapping, but I have to say my favorite pair is the one with curved shape…

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks Dora, those were fun to make.

  7. Lunes says:

    Love them all, colours texture & so on….. Ps Karen – you have been tagged on my blog! Lunes x

  8. Sue O'Kieffe says:

    well, i like the plain ones. ultimately, i think it would depend how they looked on the wearer…
    i would love the see these in different colors…the texture and design is wonderful…
    ~sueokieffe

  9. Acey says:

    I am in decision gridlock about the jewelry. Do not WANT to choose! Also I may borrow your idea about creating groups of four pages that can be switched around from time to time. My idea of making a scroll simply wasn’t practical for things this heavily embellished. As always your posts are both soothing and inspirational …

  10. teeveebee says:

    Ooooh! I think I like your free form wrapped loop. Although the simple loop is also beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. artandtea says:

    Thanks Lunes! I’ll go check that out.

    Thanks Sue! Good point. I think that’s why I made several different wire looks, to please different tastes and create different looks. Oh yes, I love the mokume gane technique so much that I definitely will create more color combos!

    Thanks Acey! I’m looking forward to seeing your pages put together, too. I agree, even though the pages are small in size, the beads definitely do weight them.

    You’re welcome tee, and thank you, too!

  12. Susan Turney says:

    I love those with the spiral wire!

  13. artandtea says:

    Thanks Susan! That free-form wrap is a lot of fun to do and you don’t have to be as precise which I really like.

  14. Jen says:

    Hi Karen,
    Very nice stuff, as usual. On the simple shapes (long square), I like the wire wrap on top. On the more complex shape, I like it plain. I thing the wrap would draw focus away from the beautiful, simple lines of the curved piece. But I would wear any one, as is!
    xxoo Jen

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