Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Painted Pendents...

I decided to write a blurp about my newest creations.  I started painting these fun little pendents about a month ago.  I keep getting more and more ideas from people I talk to.  I have also stopped by our local bead stores and shared some of the finished pieces.  Last week, I walked into the bead store to bring a pendent to one of the ladies that works there...she loves my stuff.  It was almost time for her to get off work so I hung out for a few while she was finishing up with a couple of customers and she told me to spread out the pendents on the counter.  There was probably 5 or 6 ladies there and they were all checking out the was quite fun to hear all of the positive feedback.

This little fairy is a special order which I will be taking to her new owner next are better when they are taken before I coat them with resin

I want to share how I actually come up with the pendents...and how much work goes into them. I purchased a class online about creating zentangles on pendents.  After watching the videos, I started to play around a bit with the clay.  I have been wanting to paint up some of my photos I have taken over the years and thought...hmm...why dont I just paint on the clay pendents instead of doing the Zentangles...  So I painted up a couple of them...liked how they turned out...asked one of my FB groups what they thought...  One idea was to make them thicker..  the first batch was a bit thin I will admit.  Then another opinion was to seal them with that changed the whole way they looked.  The first batch I ruined...yea, sad..all that painting and poof...broken nasty pieces of clay.  The second batch I did was far better.  Then, I decided to make the circles into domes...  and that is where I am today...
I was asked to make a hammer head shark...what do you think on this one..very cool?  I had a fun time making this has glitter one its belly..

So, the very first thing I do, is pick a photo I have either taken myself, of found on google..or better yet..Pinterest...  I basically will change up the image to what I like..  I dont have any examples of my drawn pendents... only the finished pieces... Let me start again.  I first sand them after baking.  I tried 3 different brands of clay and have found only one that doesn not resist the watercolors.  Trial an error is the only way to perfect things..and really my pieces are far from perfect..but its going good so far.  So...after they are sanded, I draw on them.  I do some shading with pencil to get a good idea of how they are going to look once I start adding the watercolors.  Next, I decide what I want to paint first.  Sometimes the background gets painted first and then the main object, or visa versa.  Either way, its a bit of a process.  Most of my pendents take me less than an hour.  But if you look at the mermaids..those take me more time.

These are also a special request, they are sisters to the first pendent I made like this..  You see how they are not exactly the same, but they look similar cute!

I usually paint one pendent at a time.  Recently though, I needed to paint 2 mermaid pendents the same design.  I prefer not do duplicate my creations but I will if requested.  I think mainly because I forget what I did with the first painting...LOL  I have posted a couple of pendents on Etsy, but have not had one purchased yet.  I have recieved an order though which is just as good.  I have since made about 10 special orders with the pendents which I truely appreciate.

This one is a rectangular pendent I made of a horse...I am not 100% sure I like the wire dangles with the beads on the ends...I like the idea of them, but I still am not quite sure.  I think there needs to be something to wrap around the pendent or infront like this...hmm...any suggestions?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  Perhaps in the near future I will do a give away...Hmmm...what do you think?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My BSBS Partner - Christine Stonefield

Well, its about time I sit at my computer and start writing about the BSBP bog hop which will be happening before you know it.  But before I do anything else, I want to introduce you to my fantastic BSBP partner, Christina Stonefield.  She is an amazing mother of 4 young boys which I am sure keep her quite busy.  She is also creates beautiful vintage jewelry designs.  I love vintage jewelry but have not dabbled in that area much when it comes to designing jewelry. You can find her work here, and you can also find her as one of ZnetShows very talented jewlery designers. We discovered we have a bit in common such as being a designer for ZnetShows, love the beach and the mountains.  We both have boys although she has 2 more than I do.

With this in mind, I really enjoyed making her a couple of pendents with those fun vintage colors of oranges, golds, blues and a hint of green.  I sent her one package to start off just so she could have a head start...and now I am finishing up on a second pendent I really want her to have.

Below are the beads which I recieved from her...I just love ALL of them...

WOW...what do you think so far?

This is a beautifully created pendent and leaf are made by Jeannie K Dukic of JKD Studio

Yummy coin beads...

Look at those beautiful vintage buttons...I need to think about how I can create with those babies...

I love this huge clasp...I have always been attracted to the clasps almost as much as the pendents...LOVE!

See the beautiful handful of wooden beads...Hmmm...what to make with those!

One of my favorite colors...bright apple green...yuuuuummmy!

THANKS AGAIN to Lori Anderson who put this fantastic BSBP together...

Be on the look out for May 1st for the reveal!

Oh..and finally one last note...I think I forgot to photograph the soup mix I sent Christine.  I can not find the pictures on any of my big camera was in the shop at the time so maybe I just forgot.....but thats ok, I know she will take pictures...

Chris  :-)