Studio Wednesday

Today was devoted to finishing my beaded mokume gane cabochon necklace.

This necklace evolved one step at a time without any sketches or set plan. First, I created the polymer clay cabochon with slices from a mokume gane stack. Then I glued the cabochon to a piece of heavyweight Pellon Peltex 70 and beaded around it. I sat with the pendant for awhile meditating on what kind of necklace would feature it best. I decided on a multi-strand seed bead necklace.

After creating the 6-strand seed bead necklace, I added a beaded bail at the top of the cabochon. The open cones at the end of the strands are made from polymer clay with a copper mica powder rubbed in before baking. I also textured the cone with a piece of coral before rubbing in the powder. My intent with the cones is to make it look like the beads are spilling out of them. A cascade of beads. 16-gauge sterling silver was used to form the hook clasp with jumpring chain extender. I dipped the silver wire in a liver of sulfur solution until the wire was coppery brown.

I spent most of the day in my studio. I was so intent on my work that I never got a chance to go outside and enjoy the beautiful day. Now it’s time for a nice long walk!

10 comments on “Studio Wednesday

  1. Arline says:

    Stunning necklace, Karen! Love the idea of making your own cones. Hmmm…. It was the perfect finishing touch.


  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Arline for your positive feedback about my necklace! The cones just came to me while I was playing around with the clay. This was truly a “let’s see what happens when I play” creation!

  3. Judy says:

    Just love what you did with that MG piece.. Finally a home for it. Lovely, Karen! I’m amazed.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks Judy, I’m glad you like it. I’m pretty please, too! 🙂

  5. Frivolitea says:

    Hi! Your necklace is beautiful. So creative!

  6. artandtea says:

    Hi Lynn, good to hear from you! Hope all is well. Thanks so much!

  7. doras_explorations says:

    Great job Karen ! The beading around the cab complements it perfectly, and I really like the polyclay cones. What a super idea, I never even thought of doing that ! I like reading about your design process and how you take an idea from beginning to end…I’m pretty good with beginning, it’s ending that is always a challenge !

  8. artandtea says:

    Thanks Dora! I’m with you. I love the start of a new project, choosing the colors and picking out the beads. Once I’m into it, however, I find it to be such a challenge to stay with it and be committed to finishing it. Perhaps that’s why I have so many unfinished projects in my studio! Anyway, this time I decided from the beginning to push myself to stay with it and document my progress so that I would finish it. The polyclay cones sort of just happened in the moment. 🙂

  9. Aimee says:

    I really like that necklace! Very pretty colors. 🙂

  10. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much Aim!

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