Thanks for your comments on the Sweetheart Brick Pendants I posted yesterday! It has been really great to see these old pendants that I made so long ago finally get finished and come to life! Today I have some even older pendants to show. I made these brick bead pendants out of a variety of dark stoneware clays many years ago. They took a long time to construct, as the insides were painstakingly carved out by hand. They were also tumbled in a rock tumbler after they were fired to get a very smooth surface. I made many collages in them, but I love them even more now that I can collage and capure the imagery in resin!
Unfortunately, I seem to have developed an allergy to something in the red and dark clays (possibly iron) that makes my hands crack pretty badly. As much as I love the look, I am hesitant to try using iron rich clays again. But I think I can get a similar look with porcelain and dark glazes... maybe something even more interesting! I spent part of today sketching out some new designs for pendants I can make to use with resin. I was thinking pieces that are a bit more organic would be fun, and probably much less time consuming than the ones I am showing today. Heck, if I could make more than a few at a time, I might even start to sell the pendants without resin for *you* to make resin collages in... what do you think? Would that interest any of you? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.