I've recently started exploring lariats. They can come in a variety of styles, sizes, weights, designs - imagination is the limit. In my post on April 18th, I showed a lariat with multiple neck strands and a large central piece for the ends of the strands. Since then, with summer coming, I've been experimenting with lighter and more easy stylings.
This gold and black lariat uses ultra microfiber suede strips. The strips are strong yet supple, very lightweight, and are soft against the neck and skin. The adjustment loop has a sliding goldtone metal bead. The same bead is also used at the end of the strips to hide the joining work where the polymer bell flowers are attached to the suede strips. I plan to make more using the microfiber strips.
The coral lariat is a different design. I used 2 strands of the suede strips side-by-side. They lie flat behind the centerpiece with the flowers. This section lies right against the neck in front. Then the strips go around the neck, cross in back, and come to the front again. At this point, the dangling sections can be left straight or flipped loosely over each other. Styling options!
I think that both of these styles would look great with summer T's or tops. Of course, when it's colder, they would also work with a turtleneck.
Versatility is a real plus with jewelry!
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
As you may have noticed, I really like the ruffled lei necklaces I've been making for the past few months. It occurred to me that it would be fun to make a set of ruffled lei beads that incorporated the concept of a Skinner blend. With spring colors just starting, and summer coming, I decided to try a blend that would move from the bright corals and yellows of spring into the more cool greens of summer. The core of the ruffles is made with translucent clay, embossing powders, and a gentle tinge of color, while the edges are solid clay colors following the Skinner blend I chose. The ruffles on this necklace are separated by honey gold Swarovski pearls. Their glow just seems to reflect the glow from the translucent clay. I made this necklace longer than usual since I think it will be a perfect piece to wear with a variety of clothing styles.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I was playing around with an Ikat cane I'd made, and started making hollowed circles. I used a sheet of the Ikat cane, laid it across the edges of a circle shape cutter, and gently smoothed the clay so it stretched down into the cutter. Then I pressed the cutter onto a flat sheet of clay, making sure there was a firm connection between the domed section and the flat backing. The pieces baked well, retaining the domed shape. I used a ribbon of clay and some Genesis Thick Medium to bond the various dome shapes together, and created this necklace. I like the look and feel of the domes, and plan to be making more shapes and pieces in the near future.