January 21, 2010

Clockwork and Coiling

Hey, it's me, posting from last Saturday again! Thursday's plan is to spend the day at St. Maartin, followed by dinner and casino night back on the cruise ship. In the evening, I will be presenting a half hour demo, the Clockwork Coil Carapace necklace shown above. It is an extended version of the Triple Gear pendant that I demonstrated for Beads, Baubles, and Jewels. The pendant is the same design with a different stone, and its a really fun and dramatic pendant for people to watch me make, since it starts out as a round bead which gets opened up and flattened and made into a prong setting for a stone. In addition to the pendant, I will be showing how to make coils with a Coiling Gizmo, which is fun to watch too. I used the coils to make beads for the necklace, and they are the perfect steampunky component! Speaking of steampunk, I will probably use the demo to chat about the subject and show off my pieces in Jean Campbell's Steampunk Style book, which I enjoyed reading cover to cover while on the flight over. I think it will be a really fun demo!


  1. Hope you're having a wonderful time. Wish I was on the ship with you.

  2. I love how you used the Vintaj Finding as a bail, Melanie. Such a very clever idea!