After teaching a few classes at The Bouncing Bead I couldn’t help getting back in the steampunk mood. I’ve made some rings and pendants for my Esty Shop. Back to silver overlay bottle caps, you know… fancy recycling.
Notice the little flower swirl in the pendant? I got that from one of Marie’s Etsy Shops – The Hoarder’s Closet. I kinda like that bit of pretty in it.
I thought all bottle cap jewelry was the same until I held other brands at the craft and hobby trade show last January. The ones from the scrapbook companies were really light weight, they almost felt like soda can metal.
I did not buy any.
These are from a jewelry manufacturer, Amate Studios. Big difference, these feel so much sturdier.
It looks like I just can’t get away from purple and blue. I’ll try to force myself to expand my color choices on the next thing I make…really! – T
I demonstrated at the San Diego County Fair on Saturday. The San Diego Polymer Clay Guild Has done that in the Home and Hobby section of the fair for years. It is fun to show people what the clay is all about and talk with the visitors. We let them make a bead if they were interested. Then they could come back after we had baked them and take them home. They all seemed very excited about doing it. Most of them couldn’t wait for them to finish baking and cool off. We had to give their bead in a paper towel because it was still hot from baking….
I had found out earlier in the week that my necklace had places first! Then when I got to the fair I found out that the bead that I had entered had also placed first. I had posted pitures previously. Very exciting! What fun! There is a lot of fabulous pieces of art in the Home and Hobby section of the fair. You should go check it out. People put a lot of heart and soul into their work. Of course we had to look around at all the other things at the fair. The worst thing I ate was probably the fried zuchini, and that is just because it was fried. I did not partake of any of the other “goodies”. So if you are in the area go visit the exhibits in Home and Hobby at the Fair. -K
While I was working on steampunk pendants I wanted to put a little more meaning into this little art piece. Maybe a thought or message. Keeping in mind that with this one I only had one inch square to work in. No way would I be able to rubber stamp any words longer than two letters. This really limits my choices in English.
In my stash of rubber stamps I have a secret weapon. One that will help me convey what good vibes I was concentrating on while making the pendant…muahahaha…Chinese characters!
This one is Happiness. The copper of the finding and purple compliment each other, add the sparkle and shine from the watchworks. I’m good with this. – T
I made this cane about a month ago and let it sit, too nervous to cut, reduce or even handle it. I think I let it rest long enough. I’m going to make pins or magnets out of them… I think.
I liked this pattern when I saw it in a book, the only problem is I forgot what its name was! At the time I was looking at so many, I tried to keep track of what they were. I’m sure as soon as I hit publish I’ll find my notes…I hope.
This will drive me nuts. – T
Kaleidoscope Bead Necklace
It is that time of year again. Soon the smell of deep fat fried everything… will fill the air. I am talking about the San Diego County Fair. I entered two items in this year. First a necklace made from my Kaleidoscope cane beads. I had a particular vision in my mind. I kept thinking I should have taken pictures along the way. I would get the chains strung and then I would think of an idea that I thought would make a better design. So I would change it to the new idea. I think I went through at least 3-4 different variations. Even after I took pictures of it so I would have them to show you I changed the back necklace. I didn’t like it having the clasps on each side of the end of the three strand chains. I changed it to a single lobster claw clasp which hooks in the back. So if you want to see the final product you will have to visit the fair. Next time I will tell you about the other entry. It has a story also…. -K
I have An Artfire Site where you cannot only see the things I am making, but purchase them.
Tina and Marie have been encouraging me to get going for some time now. I am a slow starter.
The above pendant is just on of the items available to you.
There are crosses and hinged pendants and other Kaleidoscope pieces.
You may just find something you can’t live without!
Please check it out and tell your friends.
I am always available to make special orders. I plan on making beads and canes for use in your pieces too.
Thank you for looking it over. Let me know what you think! -K