What I created in Julie Picarello’s workshop

To inspire my color palette that day, I purposefully wore my Come Spring vest to the first day of Julie’s workshop. You can read my post about knitting that vest here.

When presented with a choice of metal foil to add to my mokume stack, I chose gold because these cool colors have an underlying warm tone to them.

I created 2 pendants and 2 pairs of earring components from my stack. Instead of adding metal embellishments to the components to create jewelry as Julie does, I want to put my own artistic mark on my creations with some seed beadwork.

The “river’ running through the middle of my pendant will have flowing seed beads. You can see from my photo that I’ve started to drill small holes in the “river” so I can couch the strands of flowing beads. As I was working out this idea, I got another one about a beach scene done with half polyclay and half seed bead embroidery!

Coming up soon…how I turned these components into jewelry…


13 comments on “What I created in Julie Picarello’s workshop

  1. Arline says:

    These are gorgeous, Karen! Love the colors and the flow of them.

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, Arline! 😀

  3. Judy Shea says:

    Just breathtaking, Karen! You certainly have your own special style that stands out.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks a million, Judy! 😀

  5. Amy Crawley says:

    The components look lovely Karen. Definitely your colors. Can’t wait to see the finished pieces.

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks Amy! Yes, I do love these colors and it was so much fun discovering how great they go with gold.

  7. maryanne says:

    I love these pieces, Karen. You have great talent with polymer clay. I love the idea of using bead embroidery with them. I can’t wait to see what you do with them.

  8. artandtea says:

    Thanks Maryanne for your very kind words!

  9. Susan Hemann says:

    Beautiful jewelry! Love the pieces with the rivers in them! So talented!

  10. artandtea says:

    Thanks very much, Susan!

  11. Tricia says:

    Karen, your mokume pieces are lovely! I love the design and the softness of the color blends. Looking forward to your visit to RIPCG on Saturday.

  12. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, Tricia! I’m looking forward to our visit, too!

  13. […] up on my beading table is another component made in Julie’s workshop, my “lazy river” pendant. Stay tuned, dear […]

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