My first piece of jewelry was an obvious choice as it is inspired by the Queen of Hearts. Rather than using bright red, I chose to use a more subdued garnet red. I made a two-layered heart pendant from PMC and attached a chain that I made by rosary wrapping tiny translucent garnet colored Czech glass beads and Thai Hill Tribe beads with 20 gauge sterling silver wire. The chain was finished with a simple clasp that I formed from 16 gauge wire. The smaller heart may appear to have been enameled but is instead, painted with Pebeo porcelain paint in the color "Etruscan". That paint is cured by baking it in the oven rather than a kiln.
Ready to wear to a tea party, perhaps?
My second piece of jewelry was a bit more involved. I'm a cat lover and was determined to make a Cheshire Cat necklace so, I looked for public domain art that I could use and found some 1916 images. The cat illustration was cleaned up a bit and turned into a negative mirror image with Photoshop. I then printed it onto PNP (press and peel) film and ironed it onto a sheet of 18 gauge brass. I etched it electrolytically using D cell batteries and a saltwater bath. That etched sheet of brass became my texture plate and I made a PMC pendant.Please visit all the other participants:
Cheshire Cat Etched Onto 18 g Brass
Cheshire Cat Necklace
I decided to use cantaloupe and yellow beads to suggest the colors of a ginger tabby rather than the usual hot pink. I've always had a soft spot for ginger kitties so, I'm sure that is part of my motivation in using those colors. The necklace was finished with a handmade clasp and short lengths of chain that I made by soldering together various sizes of 16 gauge sterling silver jump rings. I am not sure whether I'll list the Cheshire Cat necklace; I'm leaning toward keeping this one!
Handmade Copper Findings Giveaway!
I carry some handmade copper findings in libellulajewelry.etsy.com. I've been considering adding a few more items beyond my current offerings so, I've put together a small sampler that includes hammered copper circle links and hammered copper clasps. You can win this sampler by following this blog and leaving a comment with your contact information so that I may email you if you win. This giveaway is open to both domestic and international participants. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, June 11th. Good luck to everyone!
Assortment of Copper Ear Wires, Headpins, Clasps, & Links
Staci Louise Originals
Libellula Jewelry & Cicada Silver
Nicole Valentine Rimmel
Jo in Wonderland
Fresh Baked Designs